In my firm we have meetings about developments in the law, not about our clothes. We have a policy about our clothes, as do most law firms.
I agree with this. I don't actually think that is appropriate in this situation.
It didn't affect the outcome, but it was definitely inappropriate.
An image consultant is a waste of time. The people who don't need to sit through it will be offended by it. The people who do need to take on board what they are saying won't or will think yep I'm basically doing that yay me.
Write up a policy and distribute it to all staff. You can word it along the lines of taking into consideration feedback from some of our clients the partners have undertaken a review of the way our business operates so we are making a few updates to existing policies and formalising previously informal policies.
Very much agree with this.
All of this except for pictures. I don't think that is appopriate.
"the dress standard of a few individuals across the office has been slipping over the past few months. We don't want to single anyone out, however, please be mindful that we work in a professional environment and our clients expect us to dress accordingly. We really don't want to go to the lengths of implementing a dress code or formal rules, so we trust you will all take note and make amendments where necessary. As a general guideline we expect all staff to dress in business attire every day. If you have any questions or need any assistance in this regard, please see me".
I am sure you can word it better - but along the lines of - shape up and lift your game otherwise we will start enforcing some rules around here.
I wouldn't bother with pictures of appropriate dress - these are smart kids - they know what they need to do.
This is really spot on actually.