I've come to realize....working in the legal work is going to get expensive....and fast.
1. There are business suits- don't get me started on how expensive those are. And suits are VERY important. Even though the firm I work with doesn't require a suit every day, you always have to wear a suit jacket when going in front of a judge, so its going to be a basic staple in your wardrobe. Plus depending on what you're going to, you'll want to be in a business suit with a skirt. Yes, the legal world is still old fashioned at times, and girls are supposed to be in skirts.
2. Then there are shoes. The last two weeks I've been wearing heels...which is a whole new thing for me. I stopped wearing heels about 4-5 years ago, when I stopped feeling the need to be taller. I'm average height, so I don't need help. Heels are essential. Comfortable heels are a must. And if you're smart you'll get ones without metal in the heel so they don't set off the courthouse metal detectors.
3. A satchel. One of those cute little bags to keep all of your belongings in when going out of the office, like court of meeting with a client.
4. Since I'm a law clerk, I really only need a portfolio to take notes and keep paperwork with me.
5. Business suit tops. I have a huge sweating problem, so cotton shirts are not an option for me unless I want sweat marks down to my waist.
As for the other necessities
6. A few pairs of pantyhose, simply because some of the older lawyers/judges feel women should still be wearing them.
7. I'm going to have to figure out something with my hair. I rock the tight bun usually, because it is the easiest. However, its getting old and when I have to be at work at 7:30, I don't want to straighten my hair for an hour. My natural wavy hair gives me a little too much of the unkempt lawyer look, which isn't what I need to be going for at this point in my life....or ever really. How all women lawyers manage to get beautiful silky straight hair is beyond me.
8. Makeup. BLECK. I have worn mascara for the last 5 weeks....which is 5 weeks longer than I've ever worn makeup. I need to start getting in a makeup routine. But I'm one of those people who just thinks "This is going to all come off in a few hours...and these people hired me without makeup....so how much are they REALLY expecting??" However, I'm still in the awkward 20s where acne is still alive and thriving...so makeup needs to become a priority in my professional life.