‘If you can’t dry clean it, don’t wear it’

After receiving several complaints, an office managing partner of a national law firm decided the firm’s poorly dressed male lawyers needed some business-casual guidelines, reports Aba Journal. On top of the list: “If you cannot dry clean it, don’t wear it.”

Above the Law, a website providing news and insights about the profession’s most colorful personalities and powerful institutions, published the entire memo from the unnamed partner who set out to help the “fashionably challenged.” The advice includes:

• Socks are required in a business environment no matter what Esquire says.

• Polo-type shirts which look like they have been crumpled in the back corner floor of your closet do not count as acceptable business casual. This is true even when you attempt to smooth them out for 15 seconds before you put them on in the morning.

• Slacks should be pressed and have a crease.

• Shoes need polish … like weekly. Ask your father if you are so lucky to have him living what civilized people used to say you could tell about a fella based on his shoes.

• Shirts with ties that don’t have button downs or collar stays make you look like the guy in the Three Stooges (or worse). Read more