Lawyer Reprimanded for Fashion Choice

Recently, in a Milwaukee County courthouse, state prosecutor Warren Zier was reprimanded by Judge William Sosnay for wearing an ascot to court. His rebuke has garnered media attention from the Wall Street Journal to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The ascot is a wide cravat of patterned silk cloth which, in England, was traditionally gray and only worn with formal morning wear, to weddings or England’s Royal Ascot races, where it gets its name. Early examples of men wearing “neck-cloths” are found on Trajan’s column (113 A.D.) and on China’s “Terracotta Army” (221 B.C.). In the U.S., the ascot was commonly worn for business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Milwaukee County courthouse issued a rule last April ordering that “men will wear coats and ties and women will wear dresses, suits or pantsuits.” So when Zier wore an ascot to court, Sosnay had something to say.

Sosnay, who is described by the Journal-Sentinel as a “pompadoured judge long known as a fastidious dresser,” objected, saying “Zier’s sartorial choice bordered on “contempt.”

Perhaps the ascot is coming back as a fashion statement – perhaps not. I wonder what Cojo would say…. But I doubt media attention was the goal when attorney Zier dressed for his court appearance that day.

Gina F. Rubel, Esq.
Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
www.furiarubel.com

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