Gen Y (a/k/a the Millennial Generation), is known, among other things, for an authority-be-damned approach to the workplace. Having be raised by late-Boomer(or “Helicopter”) parents, the “Y” Generation wants to know, “Why Should I?” Why should I do what you tell me? . . . Why should I work in the same job for my entire career? . . . Why should I be loyal to one employer? And, of course, “Why should I wear a suit to work?”
In my experience, it’s often easier to go with the trend but add your own signature to ensure you stand apart from the crowd.
And that is the approach I’d advise when it comes to workplace attire. Law firms are still largely formal corporate environments, and for good reason. (See Sheldon Sandler’s previous post, “Are You My Lawyer or the Janitor?” The lawyer’s dress-code pendulum swings back.“). To make sure that you don’t stand apart from the average black-suit-wearing legal eagle, consider accessories. The smaller and less in-your-face the accessory, the more outrageous it can be. (If pressed, I would admit to wearing to work a charm bracelet by Lagos that is adorned with tiny charms shaped like skulls. I might even admit that I’ve worn it to a deposition once or twice).
Here is a workplace-appropriate accessory for the dutifully fashionable–the iPod cufflink. It is sold in both black (U2 style) and in pink for those interested in a more feminine touch. And, lucky for you, the iPod cufflink is now on sale for $18 at 1st Choice Cufflinks.