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A suit for court please

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Lovelyideas Sat 22-Oct-16 21:32:19

I have to take a case to the civil courts for the first time in a while. I am an experienced solicitor (i.e. No longer young!) but usually disputes in my field settle early....

Black suit? Whistles?

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Sat 22-Oct-16 22:05:51

Plain suit. Will you wear it again any time soon? Is there really any point in spending much money on it?

Debenhams do nice suits in different price ranges. I tend to pick up my court suits there (from when I was a Detective and now that I work for a prosecuting authority).

Alternatively, a nice Monsoon dress (I love their sales) with a plain jacket and heels works too.

Lovelyideas Sat 22-Oct-16 22:13:01

No I will not wear it again so resent the cost. Thanks for suggesting Debenhams.
Could I get away with a phase 8 dress and jacket?

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Sat 22-Oct-16 22:14:02

Definitely. Phase 8 is usually really lovely. If you already have those, I'd just run with that.

Lovelyideas Sat 22-Oct-16 22:17:27

Grey patterned dress that I have and new black jacket then?

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Sat 22-Oct-16 22:22:09

Sounds perfect to me! I'm a slob most of the time, but scrub up like a new penny for court. Good luck with the case!

gallicgirl Sat 22-Oct-16 22:24:34

I have some reasonable suits from M&S for court. However a sober coloured dress and jacket would be fine too.

Lovelyideas Sat 22-Oct-16 22:47:20

Thanks, do you think abstract monochrome pattern on the dress is ok?

Pisssssedofff Sun 23-Oct-16 08:02:27

Definitely, you should have seen what my ex's barrister turned up in, she looked mother of the bride with thick black opaque tights and boots 🙄

Lovelyideas Sun 23-Oct-16 11:53:13


mudandmayhem01 Sun 23-Oct-16 18:10:23

I got a great suit in t k max for about £50

Suzietwo Sun 23-Oct-16 18:20:01

I don't wear suits to court and attend 3-4 times a month. Shift dress and jacket or anything tbh

MissBeehiving Sun 23-Oct-16 19:35:49

I'm a solicitor and would agree with suzietwo.

Gwenhwyfar Sun 23-Oct-16 21:27:28

"thick black opaque tights and boots"

What's so wrong with that? It's what I wore with my suit the other day. Otherwise I would have had to wear heels and be uncomfortable all day.

Pisssssedofff Sun 23-Oct-16 21:28:36

Didn't go with the dress

Mooey89 Sun 23-Oct-16 21:30:11

I'm a social worker which I know is a bit different court role wise but I normally wear a black shift dress and then a black unstructured jacket with black tights.

Conservative business wear is how I've seen it described!!

Lexilooo Sun 23-Oct-16 21:35:47

Are you doing your own advocacy? If so a skirt or dress suit in black, navy, or dark grey. If you are sitting behind counsel you can be less conservative so a trouser suit or dress and jacket would be OK, as would suits in less conservative colours.

Lovelyideas Mon 24-Oct-16 21:29:39

Own advocacy so am coming back towards black.
I popped in today to observe - a solicitors' gown is an option too I guess...

<sigh> if it doesn't settle I guess it will be handy for funerals...

Lovelyideas Mon 24-Oct-16 21:35:42

Though with the gown you need the funny collar...

gallicgirl Tue 25-Oct-16 13:58:04


The gowns and tabs cost a fortune so you would be better buying new suit.

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