Sunday, 20 June 2010

Fashion OR Law???

Ok so I have mentioned periodically that I work in fashion [at Skinny Latte to be precise] but what I may not have mentioned is the 3 years I spent prior to that obtaining a law degree. Now the time has come to return to education and law school, [as was the intial plan] and I find myself torn.

So guys, I have a decision to make: fashion or law, law or fashion?

To be fair, my interest in the law has not completely diminished but how many people can really say that an average working day consists of checking out magazines, blogs, attending fashion events, writing/editing articles and liasing with PR people? When you compare that to searching through case law and statute for legal precedent, drafting contracts and reading/researching until your eyes bleed...which sounds more appealing?



Perhaps, if in the face of workload that looked like this, the typical outfit of a lawyer barrister was not a cross between Marie Antoinette and the Amish folk, I would be more inspired to pursue/embrace my super nerdy half and re-love all things lawyer-y?? 





Who knows? What I DO know is that by the 1st August 2010, I need to have made a decision...fashion or law, law or fashion???

In the mean time, my appeal to the legal folk is that you jazz up legal-wear somewhat. I do not mind that the colour scheme is monochromatic as monochrome really doesn't have to be boring. I do not even mind that the barristers' robes start at your hairline and end at your toes, I DO however mind that nothing has flair and that solicitors seem to think that a suit needs to be shapeless in order to be 'office appropriate'.

To all the lawyers out there, here is my nugget of wisdom: 'a little tailoring goes a looooooooooong way'


maybe erm with this one...just wear a blouse though??....






xoxo

7 comments:

Barbie Wambui said...

i think you do take the leaf of blackberry and do what you love. when u do what to love it wouldn't feel like work at all. and if that doesn't help do what i did in deciding whether to go back the economic number crunching route or write. If you can wake up and think of nothing but fashion, fashion is what you should do. If it's being a barrister then that's what you were meant to do.

Nicola said...

Aww thank you Barbie....I hear you but having african parents makes it a bit more complex than that!! :(

Stephanie said...

It's weird, I haven't even begun my law degree but I anticipate a quarter-life-crisis such as this one (swapping fashion for art and writing) four years from now...
But I tell myself, who says you can't be an international diplomat/artist/writer?
We've done it up till now; balancing our academic and leisure pursuits. Yeah it will be difficult, but it will be fun. :)

Promise said...

I hear you sister, I was in the same situation as you, having nigerian parents it isn't easy wanting to do something creative... I was supposed to study law at uni but changed it last minute a few months before uni... Keep having to convince my parents and fellow Nigerians that I won't end up homeless after I finish uni, and the fact that my parents had to be so typically nigerian telling everyone "my daughter is going to study law" and people trying to convince them not to let me do fashion or telling them off for letting me do fashion, I just feel like everyone thinks I haven't got a brain or took the easy way... haven't gone through all your blog but this one caught my eye, what did you end up doing??? xxx

Nicola said...

yeah i succumbed to the peer pressure *she hides head in shame* BUT I have kept in contact with folk from work and I will find my way back!! law is just a stepping stone!! do you design??

Promise said...

Well i'm not entirely innocent I did want to do fashion design, but in order to get approval of my parents I chose a course that had business in it as well, we cover marketing and retail management and stuff, but I feel we do more of the creative side which I'm glad about, this is an outfit I made that I had to present last friday... http://followmein5inchheels.blogspot.com/2011/01/all-saints.html

xxx

Nicola said...

that's kinda awesome. i MAY have left a comment on the post...maybe...

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