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Unwritten rules

2 August 2010

At a recent marketing event with London insurers, a male colleague of mine was lambasted for wearing brown shoes with his suit as there should be “no brown in town”, a phrase with which I was unfamiliar. Various other city worker fashion wrongs were then discussed, including the wearing of shirts with pockets or button-down collars and sporting any sort of designer stubble. I hadn’t appreciated that the rules of appearance for men were so very complex.

I am in the process of reviewing Gary Slapper’s Weird Cases for Solicitors Journal which cites a hearing before magistrates which could not proceed because they refused to hear an advocate who was wearing brown suede shoes. They were deemed appropriate only for the golf course.

This caused me to contemplate the odd rules and regulations which I have heard over the years. My husband was granted the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ several years ago, through his industry’s livery company (the g...

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