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DilemmaI am a first-year associate working in a big law firm. My firm is organizing New Year party this weekend and most of the big clients are expected to attend... My problem – I haven’t attended such a formal party before (this being my first job). Please advise on what to wear.

The Female Attorney
posted 2006-12-27 01:03:50

Dear Unununium,

While a lesser Judge would laugh off your question, I totally understand where you’re coming from. As a woman at a large law firm, you have to be careful about what you wear. At the office, it’s easy…suits are hard to mess up. But these office holiday parties and happy hours are troublesome. It’s hard to strike a balance between wearing something fun and wearing something appropriate. If you’re having trouble figuring out if your outfit is too fun, then here’s a general thumb rule for you to follow: always fall on the side of being too appropriate. Yes, I’m aware that equates to looking boring sometimes, but trust me…its better to save the crazy outfits for non-firm occasions and dress like a lawyer would for the office holiday party. This means nothing mini, nothing low cut, and nothing that’s too tight. Because you know the stigma of being the sluttish drunk associate from the office party will haunt you for the rest of your tenure at the firm. So cover up! That way, at the very worst, you’ll be known as the drunk associate from the office party…
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