Looking good? Legal legwear row erupts

Published: 15th April 2008

Looking good? Legal legwear row erupts
Legwear can be many things - stylish, smart and shaping to name just a few - but rarely is it considered controversial.

However, one City law firm has dragged it into the spotlight by declaring fishnet tights unsuitable for the workplace, banning female employees (and presumably male staff by default!) from wearing such saucy hosiery in the office.

The Daily Mail reports that an unidentified firm has suggested fishnets distract male colleagues and appear unprofessional, following claims by a whistleblower on a legal website.

However, the tights have the support of the newspaper's fashion editor who suggested such hosiery offers an excellent alternative to opaque legwear during the summer months.

She suggested it is the connotations of fishnets that is the issue but added: "They have come a long way from the Moulin Rouge can-can dancers - and are now a wardrobe staple.

"Those men should learn to focus more on their work."

Responding to the discussion on the Legal Week website, one woman asserted that a well-presented female employee in a short skirt and "nicely cut top" was an asset to any legal firm.

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