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My job is normally community and/ or office based but is now taking me into the courts.
I'd like a nice pencil skirt suit (or similar) but sites like TM Lewin make me want to cry. I'm 20-something, size 6/8, 5ft 4 (but live in heels), nick named 'the clothes horse', please tell me I'm not destined for bland colours and frumpy cuts for the rest of my working life!
I'm not actually averse to grey or black but I would want to 'lift' these colours with nice blouses or camis.
To give you an idea of my usual style, I like bold pieces, love Vivienne Westwood, winged eyeliner etc, not frightened of print.
Any suggestions would be great, thanks in advance.
I've never had a problem being taken seriously in court before, but that was when court was only a fringe part of my job (social worker btw). I guess there will be an expectation that I should now dress the part if I am going to be in court much more frequently.
I guess it does depend on your role, of you are the judge you can do what you like, everyone one else does as they are told. It's not that a dress wouldn't work but it can't be tight and fitted and showing all god gave you. You can't be showing your armpits or tattoos
As a social worker it's about looking professional, you're not a hippy lentil weaver and you're not a dolly bird more interested in what she did at the weekend. You're a professional woman and that should be obvious from your attire.
I'm a solicitor and appear regularly at the Mags and County Courts. The mags is a bit more formal and I would always wear a jacket in black/navy/grey with either a matching skirt or dress. Cami are fine and colours are fine but no armpits or cleavage ever.
In the County Court, it's a bit more informal in chambers, so I have worn a pale blue linen dress in the summer with short sleeves and no one died
You will look fabulous in a well cut severe suit and killer heels OP. You will only look frumpy if you buy something boxy that doesn't fit. Tailoring is not the enemy, get something that fits, or alter it until it does. It took me until my thirties to learn about the importance of alteration, you can benefit from my experience .
Try lk Bennett or Karen Millen. You would be surprised what social workers get away with wearing at court!. IME ( I don't work in family law but spend a lot of time in the County Court) very few social workers wear suits. A peplum jacket and pencil skirt could be smart and a little quirky? You would really stand out in the county court in killer heels and a pencil skirt, it's not the most stylish of venues but I say go for it, I miss the criminal courts, it's all killer heels there!!