An article on LinkedIn from Jeff Haden reminds us that appearances often do matter in the workplace.
Although written from a non-legal background, the lesson is equally true for lawyers. Leaving aside “appearances” of gender or ethnicity (topics for whole other discussions), other attorneys and potential clients often want someone who looks “lawyerly”
Facial hair (at least unusual facial hair), visible tattoos and piercings, and professional dress all play into this stereotype. Whilst being yourself is generally a good thing, and in certain niches or locations might even better serve you, for the most part, you will have the most success when you dress and look the part.