Submitted by Jamie Hamilton on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 17:20

A Berwin Leighton Paisner trainee's fashion advice for new joiners has been pulled from the firm's intranet after management decided it was inappropriate.

In the blog, intended to help future trainees dress properly for work, men are warned that skinny ties belong in "Hoxton bars, not the office" and that black suits are only suitable for "funeral attendees and bouncers". As for coloured shirts with white collars: "You are not an estate agent from Chelmsford".

Fashion no-nos for women include wearing a suit jacket as a blazer, which "fools no one and looks sloppy" and picking from Topshop's 'suit' range. The sternest prohibition is reserved for trainers. "Unless you are currently recovering from knee surgery, there is no excuse for wearing running shoes on your walk to work. None. Ever."

  A BLP trainee yesterday

But it seems the tips were too much for BLP. A spokeswoman for the firm told RollOnFriday the blog had been removed, because it contained "misplaced humour" (presumably on the basis that humour has no place at BLP). It follows the firm's deletetion of a humorous job ad from its website last week, although to be fair that wasn't meant to be funny.

Click here to read trainee Trinny's guide and discover if you are a wardrobe malfunction.



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 11:39


"There is no excuse for wearing running shoes on your walk to work" - aside from the fact that the high heels most women wear in the office kill your feet and back. But I guess that's not important as long as your legs look nice. God forbit women should choose comfort over appearance.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 19:24


In reply to the question above... "So why put the high heels on when you get to work?"

Answer: because you are judged if you do not. I have had two opposite comments about the same clothing outfit (with the same hairstyle and make up). The first day it was "you look really smart today". A couple of weeks later it was "you look a bit too scruffy for the office". The only difference... the first time I was wearing heels and the second I was wearing (still smart) flats.

I have been told by 2 different members of the firm to be 'careful' of my wardrobe because if I'm not judged to fit in, I will not get an offer at the end of my training contract.

Apparently, even a broken foot does not excuse the 'horrendous faux pas' of wearing flats at work.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:55


Ergh; who would take fashion advice from a lawyer anyway. "Buy a suit from M&S"- have you been in there?! Granted Asos and Topshop attire isnt generally suitable for work but button up cream cardigans and pearls?! No. We dont all want to look like Camilla thanks. I would never wear anything that is ill fitting, made of polyester or too short, but I refuse to dress in a trouser suit. I read Vogue and ill take their advice over this garbage anyday.