lawyer interview fit

>have a few Solicitors (lawyer) apprenticeship interview next month
>difference between getting a paid Uni course, 20k starting salary and possibly a company car and having to pay near 30-40k for a Uni course
>have only wore a suit a few times, funerals, weddings, job interviews etc

What sort of suit should I go for? I’m pretty good with colour matching but have no idea what to look for in a suit? anyone got any ideas?

31 thoughts on “lawyer interview fit

  1. Anonymous says:

    Two piece blue, American cut, don’t get any other cuts like Italian or British because it’s a more slimming fit which can be seen as unprofessional.

    Slim fit is for the night out AFTER the office.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m British though, most people here wear tighter suits. I prefer a baggier feel though so I’m gonna go with a looser fit

      • Anonymous says:

        Also don’t wear a super slim fit suit, it’s as if you’re going out for a day at the races and trying to imitate Peaky Blinders. Very different vibe to a job interview.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m British though, most people here wear tighter suits. I prefer a baggier feel though so I’m gonna go with a looser fit

      >im going to impress my millennial boss by wearing an ill fitting baggy suit
      Never going to make it

  2. Anonymous says:

    I know you never asked, but DO NOT WEAR BROWN SHOES. Black shoes only

    t. paralegal with training contract starting in September

      • Anonymous says:

        You don’t wear brown shoes to a job interview at a law firm. Too casual.

        Charcoal grey suit, conservative tie, black shoes. Simple. (Navy suit will be fine if it’s really dark navy).

        Good luck with the interview

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you done the SQE yet? I’ve got a TC starting this September too if I can pass SQE 1 and 2. Got the first one next week

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go to a suit store and have them take your measurements
    Slim fit is fine
    Material doesn’t even really matter yet
    You want charcoal (not black), dark grey, or navy
    Single breasted
    Notch lapel
    Have it tailored
    Ask for quarter, half, or three quarter pant break; quarter will be most trendy and least conservative and three quarter is least trendy and most conservative; do not go full break or no break
    They’ll know what to do with the rest
    Match your socks to your suit
    Penny loafers and monk straps are fine in the U.S., but you might want to get oxfords; black for charcoal and grey, a darker brown for navy
    Match the belt to the shoes, same brand if possible
    White and blue dress shirts (white is preferred); Nordstrom brand is fine idk if you have those in UK; I hate Charles Tyrrwhit; No colored collars, no patterns, no eccentric collars or French cuffs, just standard straight classic and spread collars and standard round cuffs
    Conservative ties
    Get a good wool coat and an umbrella, maybe something like Blundstones if you walk to work

  4. Anonymous says:

    This thread is full of Americans who watch too much Suits who don’t understand UK legal culture.

    Go to Moss Bros, say you have a job interview, and get a DARK SUIT they’ve measured you for. Charcoal, grey, deep deep deep navy etc

    Wear black shoes (you can get away with brown on a Friday in the City but not for an interview)

    Don’t look like a dick by trying to copy something you saw on tv

    • Anonymous says:

      Literally nothing else matters.

      Also get a decent haircut. Don’t look like you least an Audi A3 and visit a Turkish barbers every 2 days

    • Anonymous says:

      >This thread is full of Americans who watch too much Suits who don’t understand UK legal culture.
      This convinced me that you’re stupid right off the bat. Is it supposed to mean that Americans imagine they understand UK “legal culture” from watching suits? Is it meant to imply that they have both delusions from watching too much Suits and delusions from not understanding Uk legal culture? It’s a nearly incomprehensible statement. I hope you’re not a part of this “UK legal culture”. You barely have competent command of the English language.

      • Anonymous says:

        You’re autistic as shit and you most likely look like shit too.
        He clearly meant that you mutts dress into suits that might only be appropriate for a McDonald’s birthday party and that you’re so ZOGged that you have to learn culture from ZOGged TV shows, so naturally your understanding of foreign legal systems (your own as well) is about as sharp as the fat rolls covering your penis.

    • Anonymous says:

      >This thread is full of Americans who watch too much Suits who don’t understand UK legal culture.
      I’ve noticed, most of the Solicitors and Paralegals I’ve met only dress smart-casual-ish. everyone on here is telling me to dress like a gay like

      Go to a suit store and have them take your measurements
      Slim fit is fine
      Material doesn’t even really matter yet
      You want charcoal (not black), dark grey, or navy
      Single breasted
      Notch lapel
      Have it tailored
      Ask for quarter, half, or three quarter pant break; quarter will be most trendy and least conservative and three quarter is least trendy and most conservative; do not go full break or no break
      They’ll know what to do with the rest
      Match your socks to your suit
      Penny loafers and monk straps are fine in the U.S., but you might want to get oxfords; black for charcoal and grey, a darker brown for navy
      Match the belt to the shoes, same brand if possible
      White and blue dress shirts (white is preferred); Nordstrom brand is fine idk if you have those in UK; I hate Charles Tyrrwhit; No colored collars, no patterns, no eccentric collars or French cuffs, just standard straight classic and spread collars and standard round cuffs
      Conservative ties
      Get a good wool coat and an umbrella, maybe something like Blundstones if you walk to work

      .
      Found a very nice Navy blue Ted Baker suit going for 30 quid, near new condition on Vinted. I’m only 19 and don’t wanna fork out retail price for a new suit.

      • Anonymous says:

        > dress like a gay
        > t. British “person”
        You mean dressed like the standard in every profession. That post is exactly how every banker, lawyer, whatever dresses. You asked for suits and then bemoaned the fact that you didn’t get smart casual. Yeah, if you want to look like a junior associate at a d tier personal injury firm in some aging town, then go ahead and dress “smart casual” or buy used suits. Don’t know what else to tell you.

        • Anonymous says:

          By the way the British stupid just said almost the exact same advice but left it open for you to do stupid shit like wear French cuffs and no break pants. But hey, anything to dunk on the Americans. Suit yourself, stupid.

        • Anonymous says:

          >You mean dressed like the standard in every profession.
          no I mean I don’t want to dress like i’m cosplaying a 1940s detective like

          Go to a suit store and have them take your measurements
          Slim fit is fine
          Material doesn’t even really matter yet
          You want charcoal (not black), dark grey, or navy
          Single breasted
          Notch lapel
          Have it tailored
          Ask for quarter, half, or three quarter pant break; quarter will be most trendy and least conservative and three quarter is least trendy and most conservative; do not go full break or no break
          They’ll know what to do with the rest
          Match your socks to your suit
          Penny loafers and monk straps are fine in the U.S., but you might want to get oxfords; black for charcoal and grey, a darker brown for navy
          Match the belt to the shoes, same brand if possible
          White and blue dress shirts (white is preferred); Nordstrom brand is fine idk if you have those in UK; I hate Charles Tyrrwhit; No colored collars, no patterns, no eccentric collars or French cuffs, just standard straight classic and spread collars and standard round cuffs
          Conservative ties
          Get a good wool coat and an umbrella, maybe something like Blundstones if you walk to work

          suggested stupid.
          I just want a smart but not over the top suit you hecking stupid, you lard ass hecking burgers don’t understand that not every other country has a clowns dress sense.

          • Anonymous says:

            b8 or seriously hecking stupid, you are ngmi if this is not a troll and what’s more, you’re gonna make a terrible hecking lawyer or whatever the shit you’re interviewing for, because again, you’re a really stupid moron.

      • Anonymous says:

        have you gone to get the suit tailored? if so how was it/price? I’m in the same situation as you, preferring to buy decent second-hand, and I’ve read not to alter the waist too much because of how it affects the fit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Americans wear very basic suits for interviews as well, my British friend. It’s just funny imagining OP dressing as Saul Goodman.

    • Anonymous says:

      the only good advice in this thread. Still some parts i’d disagree with.

      Allow me to offer my views as an early 20s britbong working ‘near-to-london-but-not-london’ city:

      > go for a slim fit if you have a slim build or a ‘regular fit’ if you’re a fatheck

      You will notice during the job interview days that Darren and Ahmed are wearing suits so cheap and tight-fitting it looks like the stitching is about to burst. This is indicative of a cheap suit and a cheap person.

      > colour should be a dark gray, charcoal, taupe, or black herringbone

      Navy can be okay. But more often than not it reflects the price paid. You buy a £30 navy suit, it will look like a £30 navy suit. Most autistic menswear guys will say that a black suit is only for funerals, they are wrong. If you get a nice textured black suit, it will look and feel far more expensive than whatever you paid for it.

      > black shoes, make sure they are polished

      This is the biggest thing that will stand you out from Josh and Mo. There is nothing more goofy than brown (or even worse, tan) shoes with business wear. Get plain black oxfords, nothing special. Monkstraps or loafers will make you look like shit will flow out of your mouth. You may as well get a skin fade and a cropped beard at that point.

      > tie should be reasonably wide. Most importantly, it should be an ‘Old School’ or University striped tie (if you have one). Otherwise, go on ebay and find a tie that looks similar to a traditional striped old school tie.

      Avoid skinny ties, tie bars, waistcoats, etc. You will likely not be asked which school the tie belongs to, British society is far too polite. The important thing is that it looks traditional. The UK legal system is steeped in tradition and institution – you want a look that says ‘I understand and appreciate tradition’.

      • Anonymous says:

        contd.

        > shirt should be plain white, with folding cuffs, plain cufflinks, and no chest pocket

        I recommend going on the Next or M&S website to get a shirt that fits your collar and body length measurements. I am blessed to be over six feet tall, I get a long shirt so that the body and sleeves fit properly. I suggest you do the same.

        > optional accessories are fine, but pick two max

        wristwatch is a good idea. Nothing with a big dial or gawdy. Don’t wear a smart watch, it’ll make you look like a twat. A white cotton pocket square, if you feel the need to wear a pocket square. If not wearing a pocket square, maybe a small metal lapel pin (personally i’d advise against this). The only acceptable rings are a wedding ring or a signet ring, these are the rules the British Army follow and they know how to dress.
        Cufflinks are needed for the shirt, pick some plain looking silver or steel ones.

        > "Where do I buy a suit?"

        By far, your best bet is vinted or eBay (no, really). Get your chest and waist measurements and type them in, e.g. "38L 32L", "36R 30L", etc.

        > what brands of suits should I buy?

        This is the hardest question to answer. Some British manufacturers that used to make great suits now make pretty poor suits, see Moss Bros. Some cheap British brands that will look ok are:

        > Austin Reed
        > Dobell
        > T. M. Lewin
        > Marks & Spencer (yes, really)
        > Hawes & Curtis
        > John Lewis (within reason)

        Avoid
        > Slaters
        > Moss Bros (post-2010)
        > Ted Baker
        > Ben Sherman (horrid cuts with elastic in)
        > Boss
        > Armani

        Otherwise, tend towards cotton and wool. Avoid synthetic fabrics or blends if you can.

        And always remember:
        > Avoid Italian fit
        > Never listen to Americans
        > God save the King

        Best of luck OP, you massive gay.

        • Anonymous says:

          This guy has the right idea. I’d add one key thing – you aren’t going to get a job or internship because you blew away the middle aged male interviewer with your amazing fashion sense. Never ever happens (outside of I guess the actual fashion business). You can only exclude yourself by trying too hard, so think about the risk/reward and dress accordingly.

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