Take it like a man!

One of my pet peeves, particularly in the summer, is that female attorneys seem to try to get away with dressing so casually as compared to the men.  The male attorneys that I see are universally in coats and ties, and usually in suits.  (Makes it a lot easier to spot the pro ses and clients.)  But the women often show up, even when they are arguing motions, in sleeveless tops, slacks, unstructured skirts, skimpy sandals, etc.   They don’t look lawyerly; they look like they’re heading to the mall or a casual dining restaurant. 

The way I see it, if you want to be treated like a man, and I’m sure that these female attorneys do, you should ensure that you are presenting yourself as professionally as the men are.  I know it’s hot, but, for crying out loud, be thankful that you aren’t expected to wear a tie! 

Anyway, on that note, one of my new favorite blogs is Corporette, which bills itself as “a fashion and lifestyle blog for over-acheiving chicks.”  They generally discuss things to wear to work, and also foray into work-related dilemmas, often with an emphasis on the female perspective (for example, a guest blogger did a post on breast pumping at work, and a recent discussion went into how to control your tears if you feel the urge to cry at work).  I think it usually strikes a good balance between recognizing the uniqueness qualities of being a woman but not expecting special treatment or worship because of sex. 

The Corporette comments very often mention the book “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office,” recommending it as a warning against things that professional women tend to do to hurt their chances at workplace success.  Since I’m going to be out in the “real world” of law pretty soon, I thought that might be a good read.  After all, I’m always told that I am nice.  (For example, recently, on Althouse, I told a commenter who was going on about Sarah Palin’s “big tits” to stfu with the misogyny, and commenters chimed in that if I was telling him to stfu, he must really be out of line.  If I’m known as “the nice one” when using an assumed name on an internet political blog, I must be an absolute peach in real life.)

Anyway, I was looking at buying the book, but then I thought, would a man read a book called “Nice Boys Don’t Get the Corner Office”?  That sounds kind of lame; men, particularly successful men, don’t usually navel gaze like that.  Or, if they do, they don’t let on.  So, maybe girls that get the corner office don’t read books like Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office?  Now I’m torn.


Absolutely Fabulously Inappropriate

Michelle Obama is, in my opinion, a very lovely woman who often dresses in a very unflattering way.  So, I was really impressed by the dress I’m about to show you.  In fact, I was so impressed that, although I rarely consider fashion worth blogging about, when I first saw the picture over at Cynthia Yockey’s, I was tempted to blog a well played Mr. President, just for having this smokin’ hot of a wife:

 Barack and Michelle Obama at the ceremony to award a posthumous Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti.

Then, I read the caption.

Barack and Michelle Obama at the ceremony to award a posthumous Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti.

Good God, woman!  I can only hope, hope that there was some confusion, that she did not know that she was going to this event, or the nature of the event, or through some error she had only packed one reasonably dressy item and this was it, or she spilled coffee on everything else that she owed that morning, or something.  I simply choose not to accept that the first lady of the United States of America deliberately chose a splashy cocktail dress to wear to a ceremony honoring a fallen solider.  It is simply not right.  This is a fabulous dress to wear to some semi-formal awards banquet or dinner, it is a killer dress for date night, it would look delightful at a party.  I’m sure that there is no etiquette demanding that a person wear black to an event honoring a fallen solider, but something reasonably conservative would have been appropriate, no?

By the way, here’s an actual fitting tribute to the brave young hero whose memory she disrespected at that event.