As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. The same holds true for law school orientation, which, for other soon-to-be 1Ls like myself, is only a couple of weeks away.
Ladies, you do not want to be "that girl." You know, the Elle Woods wannabe who insists on wearing the pink velour jumpsuit that reveals a tramp stamp when she sits down, or the bedraggled "slutty hobo" that blawger Jansen Dennis encountered during his first year orientation at the University of Minnesota Law School.
And gentlemen, you do not want to be "ewww." Do not pop your collar. Do not bathe in Axe Body Spray or similar body scent. Do not wear flipflops, and, if you insist on doing so, please keep the toes looking as un-Hobbit-like as possible. We at law school orientation do not want to lose our first and/or second breakfasts staring at your hairy feet.
With this in mind, I started swimming through the clothes in my closet looking for orientation outfits after I received my Chapman Law packet requesting that 1Ls wear "business casual" for this first of many law school rites of passage.
I had seen the dress code before when I used to work in a newsroom, but the outfits I encountered were on the more casual end of the "fashion" spectrum. If memory serves, I think there were even Hawaiian shirts involved.
With no other point of reference, I turned to my old friend the Interwebz for guidance, where there is no shortage of tips for getting the right balance of business and casual.
For starters, there's Polyvore, a site that my super-fashionable cuz introduced me to. You can sift through clothing collages - or "sets" as they're called - for inspiration on outfits. I did a quick search for "business casual", and loved the "Green Can Make Things More Interesting" set and this untitled set.
With all the researching, I still don't know exactly what threads I'm going to be rockin' come orientation day, but I do have a better idea of what to shoot for. Dressy black pants, maybe. Daisy Dukes, no go.
Got ideas for what to wear to law school orientation, or have a story of a super horrible law school orientation outfit that you or another student wore? As always, feel free to post below!