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Ayesha Vardag — Credit score: Vardags

One of many nation’s high divorce attorneys instructed feminine workers to ditch the cardigans and that they could possibly be “discreetly attractive” (in response to their choice), in an unbelievable 1,000-word gown code e mail leaked to Authorized Cheek.

It has emerged that Ayesha Vardag, who runs plush bijou legislation agency Vardags in London’s Outdated Bailey, dished out private trend and life-style pointers in an e mail titled, ‘Apparel and picture — gown code and past’, to workers in July 2019.

“We should be trying fabulous always, together with through the summer season warmth,” the ‘diva of divorce’ writes within the e mail, earlier than happening to inform new starters and remind outdated workers of “a couple of parts to the Vardags model”.

Girls are suggested to decorate “formal” however are additionally instructed they are often “discreetly attractive and vibrant and flamboyant on the similar time in response to your choice”. They need to goal for “a Chanel/Dior/Armani look” and “nothing homespun or homely or what you’d cosy up by the hearth in”.

Trouser fits are “simply wonderful” however “cardigans are nearly by no means okay”. The truth is, Vardag claims within the e mail she “as soon as despatched a trainee in a cardigan out of a shopper assembly till she might borrow or discover a jacket to put on”.

Additionally thought-about by Vardag to be a trend fake pas within the workplace are “jersey and stretchies” that are “to be handled with excessive warning”. She provides: “Some could be basic and formal however usually they give the impression of being a bit teenaged or low-rent. Dishevelled, billowy, shapeless issues should not good.”

Vardag presents additional recommendations on feminine equipment. These embrace stockings and tights which needs to be sheer, black, darkish gray or pure; scarves which needs to be “silk and basic, not raggedy and sloppy or the kind of factor you would possibly stuff in your backpack in your hole yr”; and “elegant” sneakers. “I don’t say high-heeled, as I really feel excessive heels have been disenfranchising and disabling ladies for many years,” she provides.

There’s recommendation on hair, too, which “ought to at all times be squeaky-clean and will not less than seem pure”, in addition to steerage on nails. “If nails are polished they have to not be chipped and have to be in (you guessed it) basic colors, not inexperienced, blue, black, and so forth. Clear lacquer or simply oiling and submitting could also be most secure in your busy and lively lives however if you wish to tackle the scarlet dedication, hey.”

“Be elegant, subtle, basic however with glamour and elegance,” the e-mail continues. “By no means be cheesy or tarty and on the similar time by no means be drab. It’s a fragile steadiness which most of instinctively. The bare look, with a number of flesh, just isn’t okay.”

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Vardag lays out guidelines for males, too. “It’s a Savile Row look we’re espousing”, writes Vardag, who goes on to encourage male workers to decorate “basic, tailor-made [and] formal”. Cravats and formal waistcoats she doesn’t thoughts, however woolly jumpers or singlets, tweed or top-stitched trousers are a no-no. So are “super-tight trousers or pointy toes” that are “sternly frowned upon”.

Additional, males are suggested to put on “basic” sneakers which are “black” as a result of, because the outdated adage goes, “by no means put on brown on the town”.

Vardag concludes with recommendation on well being and health. “Eat nicely, transfer loads, watch what you drink, get outdoors as a lot as you possibly can, and glow,” she writes.

When approached by Authorized Cheek for remark, Vardags director of technique, Stephen Bence, stated:

“As a high Metropolis legislation agency, we maintain ourselves to the very best attainable skilled requirements, extending to our gown code — to which each and every worker consents upon becoming a member of the enterprise. Whereas most of our workers have a full understanding of the requirements we maintain ourselves to, the occasional reminder is required.”

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