Skelly recently updated the look of his blog (nice) along with a short post about the proper attire for a public defender:
Every work day, I wear a tie (from my couturiers, Deseret Industries and Ross Dress for Less) with a white shirt, a blue shirt, or a gray shirt. I maybe suit up once or twice a week and go with a sportcoat the rest of the time. In my office, if you’re not going to court, t-shirts and flip-flops are okay, but shorts are verboten. I can’t pull off either look, so the tie stays on.
Sounds pretty much like what I’ve seen around the PD offices I’ve been in, although Montana is far more relaxed in the dress department than anywhere else I’ve seen. On my first day in court here I saw a defense lawyer conduct a hearing in court wearing (from head to toe): windblown, slightly mullet-esque hair; no tie; an open-collared, white, button-up, short-sleeved shirt; a wide, tooled-leather belt with a big shiny buckle; faded and worn wranglers; and scuffed cowboy boots. I was taken aback that someone would have the nerve to stand up and represent a client in open court in such attire, but the judge wasn’t even phased; it simply wasn’t an issue. Since then I have seen that this guy seems to be the exception; most men wear khakis, ties, and sportcoats, and their shoes are usually more or less dress shoes, although cowboy boots are not uncommonâ€”especially for judges. I’ve since seen Mr. Casual Cowboy wearing at least a sportcoat with his outfit, and often he even has a tie. Less than half the male members of the defense bar seem to favor suits (khakis/sportcoat are the norm), but the prosecution seems to like the slightly dressier and traditional look of the matchy-match pants and coat.
On the subject of dress, JuvieJournal reminds us that defense attorneys make a statement with their clothes, whether they like it or not. I agree that it’s important to look professional, but a certain level of comfort is also a priority, don’t you think? [tags]style, fashion[/tags]