[Trend inspirations] How to be a Witch in court
by Guest Beanie
If you’ve read my fanwall, you know I’m a practicing lawyer. This means I can be found running around various courts in my city during the day, and drafting or meeting clients in the evenings and on weekends. This also means I work a minimum of 11 hours each weekday, and at least 8-10 hours on Saturdays. In other words, formal wear makes up 90% of my wardrobe.
Thankfully for me, dramaland is overrun with female lawyers giving me advice on what to wear. A simple but elegant style is Lee Yoo-young’s in the currently airing Your Honor. Sadly, it also looks elegantly expensive.
And, a little too serious for my liking. But it’s seriousness makes it the perfect outfit, given the prevailing rules of court-wear in my country:
- Black and white. Light and sober colours that don’t stand out are allowed, but overall, outfits like Lee Da-hee’s in I Hear Your Voice could have me fined for contempt in the higher courts (though I would get away with it in the lower courts – while looking ridiculously fabulous in the shabby surroundings).
I Hear Your Voice
- A black coat. No other colour will do. As a woman I’m exempt from wearing a coat in summer, but must wear it in winter. Men have no such luck. So Nam Ji-hyun’s outfits in Suspicious Partner are also out.
- Do not reveal the legs. I can wear skirts but it’s inadvisable to do so. India is a conservative country, and skirts stand out in court since practically no one wears them. As a young, female, first generation lawyer without any family or connections in the profession, it’s a struggle to be taken seriously. As much as I’d like to battle for my right to wear a skirt, I just don’t have the energy for it. So, this beautiful outfit – worn by Go Sung-hee in Suits – is also out.
- Those gorgeous heels won’t do either. Try climbing up 20 flights of stairs over the day as you run in between courtrooms and stand around waiting for your case.
*cries* I don’t want pink hair, but there has to be some way to express myself?
This leaves traditional Indian formals – the saree and the kurti, which I do wear – and western formals but what we call pants, only. I switched careers within law to litigation near the end of 2017; and just when I was wondering what I should be wearing to court, a dramaland lawyer gave me the answer.
Meet: Ma. Yi. Deum. Played by the beautiful Jung Ryeo-won, she’s the protagonist of Witch’s Court, which aired in the final quarter of 2017. Sassy, sexy, bold and unapologetic, I fell in love instantly. While commentators criticised her less than savoury methods such as outing a gay man in court, I defended them (do watch the drama before judging me!). But I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t completed this show – legal dramas are to me what medical dramas are to doctors.
But I’m not here to talk about the drama. I’m here to tell you that I loved Ma Yi-deum and her fashion has followed me to court here in my far away country. In the episodes I watched, Yi-deum wears simple formal pants and loose button down shirts. As an example, I first noticed her style in this scene from episode one, where she’s outing her boss for sexual harassment. Man, she did good, and did she look good doing it.
This one scene might be why I thought I want to look like Ma Yi-deum. To be more accurate, I want to be bold and confident like Ma Yi-deum. This is the concept I went with, with some modifications to suit my skin tone and body type. I’m nowhere as slim as Jung Ryeo-won, for instance. Over the months I have hunted down all the sober and light coloured shirts that can be found in my part of town. I now have everything from a shirt that looks exactly like the one she’s wearing to more cheeky clothing such as a white shirt with a pink collar and my absolute favourites- which I cover with a big, black, loose fitting coat just like Yi-deum’s while in court, lest I be found out. Please excuse my poor photography and ironing skills:
This is my best attempt at not losing myself in the sea of black and white lawyers. It takes the edge off my nerves to think of my Snoopy shirt when I’m standing before a judge, waving my arms and saying something like, “If I may direct Your Lordships to Exhibit-A, page 37 of the plaint where the purchase order is annexed…”
Notice also that Yi-deum’s got a lovely, thin brown belt breaking the all-black outfit. Guess what was the first thing I purchased. She’s also got a simple make-up style. Something that can be done on the go, is hassle-free and takes no time: she puts on a simple, bright red lipstick.
I’m not one for make-up, but like many Indian women, I wear kohl or a simple black eye-liner over and under my eyes. Yi-deum’s very Korean-style look is lighter than the typical kohl-heavy Indian look, so I cut back on the thickness of the kohl and dragged my mother to all the make-up brands possible till I found the right shade of lipstick. I had amassed a huge collection of various shades of red and my mother, fed up with the unused make-up cluttering my desk, threw it away – and I have no funny picture for this post.
So now we have me, Greenfields, I’ve got the look of the lawyer I want to be. Now I need to work on my attitude.
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