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.
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.