What Not to Wear and Whatnot

Choose your weapon wisely ladies (and men).

Recent posts on two of the most popular blawgs have inspired Siouxsie to write a mini-fashion blawg round up.

Corporette, which normally churns out safe (bordering on dowdy) fashion advice, went completely off the rails yesterday.   A reader asked if it would be okay to shave her head to show solidarity for a friend’s kid who was undergoing chemo.  The reader stated that she was concerned because she was about to start a round of serious job interviews in Washington, D.C.  Corporette basically said, “You go girlfriend.”  What?  Siouxsie says, “Don’t take their advice!”  Never shave your head  before a job interview, even if you yourself have cancer.

Take that ATL!

At the same time, the folks at Above the Law (“ATL”) tried to start a debate about how female attorneys should look.  The folks at ATL noted that they wanted to keep their balls intact; and so they pussyfooted around giving a real opinion.   For the record, ATL’s post included a photograph of a luscious pair of red lips.  In fact, that is the only reason why Siouxsie bothered to read the post.  The folks at ATL should get kicked in the balls for not owning up to their obvious perspective.  The same thing that drives traffic to their blog, is the same thing that brings business to law firms.  Sex, and in particular female sexuality, drives commerce.

So what does all this mean.   Can one shave their head?  Do you need to wear make-up?

Here’s the deal.  You can do whatever you want.  And work wherever you want.  But if you choose to work in an area of law such as Biglaw and you want to do yourself a favor, learn how to wear makeup, dress well, and wear the biggest pair of heels you can find.   Siouxsie even dyed her hair blonde (gasp) in preparation for a jury trial in the deep south.  That is just how the game is played.

And if you can play the game well enough, you can even bend the rules.

Even in Biglaw, it is better to look feminine, edgy and goth, than unkept and mousy.  People may not want to hear all of this, but it’s true.

Does that mean you need to attend stupid seminars about how to dress or wear your hair.  Hell no.  Those folks don’t know jack.   Save yourself some time and (your firm’s) money.  Figure out your own style and run with it.

Siouxise for example adores Mina Harker.  She’s not for everyone, but she should be.  Ms. Harker uses makeup by Aromaleigh,  a small independent mineral-makeup company.  Siouxsie endorses and uses Aromaleigh too.

Here is a tutorial from Ms. Harker herself.  This should get you started on the right track.  Just be sure to swap a black suit for the fabulous vampy outfit, and you will be good to go (even in the corporate world)(maybe).

Photo Credit:
Lipstick Tube

Kick in the Balls

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~ by siouxsielaw on March 12, 2010.

2 Responses to “What Not to Wear and Whatnot”

  1. […] few months ago, I blogged about the whole debate concerning seminars offered to professional women to help them learn how to […]

  2. I am not sure that it is possible for me to fall more in love with your blog than I already have but I just did.

    Fabulous post – superb advice. In the law you need to have your wits about you and your confidence uber-intact. The only way to do that is by looking good. Your interpretation of good. Court work is a pageant and no-one does pageantry better than a goth. I salute you x

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