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Some Women Lawyers Give Up the Power Suit for the Jumper Dress

Posted Sep 23, 2011 6:31 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Does a woman lawyer need to wear a power suit to look authoritative?

The Careerist raises the question after attending a luncheon where she spotted “a bespectacled lawyer in her early 30s wearing a gray jumper dress, paired with a crisp white shirt, cinched at the waist with a thin black belt.”

The Careerist spoke to several lawyers who didn’t like the trend, including one who called jumpers “infantilizing.” But the blogger also talked to a BigLaw partner who said she felt “dowdy” in power suits and now favors dresses.

A Fortune 100 lawyer said she has been criticized for being overbearing and wonders if power suits are part of the problem. “Better to look vulnerable from time to time is what I am hearing,” the lawyer told the Careerist, though she sounded resigned rather than enthusiastic.

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