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Thank God it’s Monday – Getting Off Lightly

by

JoLo

Berlin Moabit, 29 July 2019. How easy life would have been if only I had chosen the comforts of becoming a judge more than 20 years ago. That way, I would also have been spared many arguments with my dear parents. Plus, I would have simply taken one of my twenty to thirty white shirts out of the wardrobe every morning and added a white tie. It all would have been so easy! In any case, I have ended up as a defence lawyer. Surprisingly – and against all the warnings of my parents – I have even escaped social welfare and depression. So far so good. However, today I have to visit the criminal court in Berlin Moabit again and the crucial question arises: What am I going to wear?

In anticipation of the last day of the trial and the great public attention that will be paid to my plea, this question is even more challenging than usual. Unlike some of my esteemed colleagues, I am not indifferent to how I appear before the tabloid reporters. Berlin’s informality might have invaded the courtroom, but just because nobody dresses up any longer, it is not necessarily a good idea to appear in a T-Shirt in front of the court. Furthermore, if – for once – I am going to make it on TV, I do not want to be seen in a crooked tie or my second-best suit.

That is why I have chosen an absolute classic: medium grey fresco by Hardy Minnis. It is ideal for the warmer days in spring and all of summer. The high-twist, loosely woven fabric allows any breeze to pass through. This also prepares me for the prosecution’s favourite tactic: assigning the sunny side of the unclimatised courtroom to the defence team. Furthermore, the colour of the suit is ideal for summer. The light grey reflects the sun and does not heat up as quickly as dark fabrics. Plus, it looks summery bright under blue skies. Indoors, on the other hand, the fabric turns a serious deep grey. We pick up on this seriousness in the style of the suit: a classic double-breasted jacket and wide-legged trousers. Two pockets, a ticket pocket and the two high back slits accentuate the waist. You can’t see much of it under the gown, but in front of the TV cameras, the fresco suit looks absolutely stunning.

While the goal is obviously to win over the judges, it is not necessary to appear in black and white. After all, it is July and as lawyers we are free to dare a little colour. The shirt I choose to wear with my fresco suit has wide, eye-catching stripes in a powerful Mediterranean blue. The shirt comes very close to our beloved multistripe designs by Thomas Mason, but the large distance between the stripes makes it very subtle. That’s also why I did not order it in the configuration I usually go for – with a contrasting collar and cuffs. This time, I have gone for a uniform fabric with an elegant Zee Jerman collar.

With the shirt’s striking shade of blue, we immediately set ourselves the next challenge. What tie can we match it with? If we were not in court, a lemony yellow with a floral pattern would certainly fit the season. But for my big plea, the choice should probably be a little more subdued. There is no need to dig out the navy grenadine tie. Instead, a lilac jacquard tie creates a pretty knot and contrasts nicely with the matte fresco fabric. This way, our client will certainly get off with a slap on the wrist. YS/JoLo/MM