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Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag

Authorized Cheek introduced you the exclusive news yesterday of how one of many nation’s high divorce legal professionals, Ayesha Vardag, as soon as suggested feminine employees to ditch their cardigans and “be discreetly horny” in an astonishing gown code e-mail.

The in depth steerage, circulated in the summertime of 2019 to employees at Vardag’s household legislation agency, Vardags, urged girls to purpose for “a Chanel/Dior/Armani look” and “nothing homespun or homely or what you’d cosy up by the hearth in”.

In mild of the enthusiastic reception the story has obtained, and the truth that it’s a Friday, we felt it was solely proper that we publish the unimaginable e-mail in full — sure, all 955 phrases! Take pleasure in…


Expensive all,

With so many fabulous new workforce members, and a bit of untamed tech-start-up tradition creating in No 5 Previous Bailey (trainers have been reported – sure, trainers!) I assumed I ought to inform new Vardagians and remind outdated Vardagians that we’ve got a couple of parts to the Vardags model.

On the one hand we’re the cleverest, probably the most intellectually artistic, the very best high quality, probably the most can-do, probably the most results-focussed, probably the most commercially savvy, probably the most progressive, the fashionable, the laser-focussed, the dynamic, the winners;

Alternatively, we’re shiny and exquisite, glamorous and complicated, totally skilled and searching, and we’ve got a robust visible and aesthetic integrity.

This latter means we have to be wanting fabulous always, together with throughout the summer time warmth. Most of you already do.

Males are to be traditional, tailor-made, formal, however that may nonetheless be super-chic. I don’t thoughts cravats, formal waistcoats, and so forth. Woolly jumpers or singlets (woolly vests), tweed or top-stitched trousers of any description will not be formal put on. Or certainly any super-tight trousers or pointy toes. They’re sternly frowned upon. Footwear ought to be traditional, and black. NOT trainers. By no means put on brown on the town. It’s a Savile Row look we’re espousing. Typically, double cuffs and cuff hyperlinks can rework the standard you mission. Go for fewer gadgets in your wardrobe, of high quality.

Girls are to be equally formal however you possibly can nonetheless in fact be discreetly horny and vibrant and flamboyant on the similar time in keeping with your desire. It’s a Chanel/Dior/Armani look. Footwear ought to be elegant, not flip flops. I don’t say high-heeled, as I really feel excessive heels have been disenfranchising and disabling girls for many years, however elegant. Cardigans are nearly by no means okay. I as soon as despatched a trainee in a cardigan out of a shopper assembly till she may borrow or discover a jacket to put on. Nothing homespun or homely or what you’d cosy up by the hearth in. Tailor-made jackets or formal attire/fits are enterprise gown.

Trousers fits are simply nice (I used to be formally reprimanded at Linklaters by my ex-husband when he was my coaching principal for sporting a trouser swimsuit so I’m notably eager to encourage them). Scarves are good however ought to be silk and traditional, not raggedy and sloppy or the type of factor you may stuff in your backpack in your Hole 12 months. Once more, fewer gadgets, high quality, a la Francaise, one may say.

Stockings/tights ought to be sheer, black solely with black or darkish gray, in any other case pure, and skirts ought to be lengthy sufficient for that to be okay. Jersey and stretchies usually are to be handled with excessive warning. Some will be traditional and formal however typically they give the impression of being a bit teenaged or low-rent. Saggy, billowy, shapeless issues will not be good.

Keep away from large prints and patterns, polka dots and florals, they not often look good as enterprise gown on giant areas ( by which I imply, for instance, jackets, trousers or attire — nothing to do with dimension of particular person!) although a shirt or scarf could also be nice.

Hair ought to all the time be squeaky-clean and will at the very least seem pure. Brush your hair!!! Test the mirror earlier than you come out within the morning! Don’t look as if you happen to had been dragged via a hedge backwards! Think about placing it up if it’s very lengthy. It’s not a rule, however think about it. A chignon packs plenty of energy punch. I can present you tie a shawl and set a chignon if you happen to like. I’m that outdated.

Be elegant, refined, traditional however with glamour and magnificence. If unsure, simply be traditional. Easy and traditional.

By no means be cheesy or tarty and on the similar time by no means be drab. It’s a fragile stability which most of you realize instinctively. The bare look, with plenty of flesh, isn’t okay.

If nails are polished they have to not be chipped and should be in (you guessed it) traditional colors, not inexperienced, blue, black, and so forth. Clear lacquer or simply oiling and submitting could also be most secure in your busy and energetic lives however if you wish to tackle the scarlet dedication, hey.

Think about you’re operating for Prime Minister, (I imply a critical Prime Minister) or head of a serious world company and also you wish to encourage awe, respect, credibility and universally slavish adoration each single day. Straightforward!

And sustain your well being, train, health, most of all so you’re feeling wonderful and are sturdy and energetic, however it has the additional advantage of constructing you look nice too, as you might be all beautiful folks, and searching fabulous boosts confidence like mad. I do know I’m in a glass home on this level. I’ve due to this fact been busy denying myself many pleasures, studying to like salad and doing the unique Jane Fonda exercise (nonetheless one of the best) each day. Which has made me drop a gown dimension, and that’s one thing, although there are various extra to go. And it’s undoubtedly factor. Eat nicely, transfer lots, watch what you drink, get outdoors as a lot as you possibly can, and glow.

The opposite factor to notice is that the agency’s colors are crimson, black, silver/gray and ivory. Stable colors, not stripes, spots, and so forth. You possibly can put on different colors — I don’t wish to exclude your peacock greens and fuchsia pinks and personally I like them- however for public occasions or socialising, and on reception too, I would favor that we harmonise our clothes colors to the model colors. It appears to be like wonderful after we dominate a room with our stunning, sensible folks identifiable in our colors.

I’ve given XXXXXX the authority to talk to anybody not suitably attired.

Benefit from the solar, in fabulous Vardags branded colors and magnificence. Be your elegant finest.

Ayesha

Ayesha Vardag
President
VARDAGS