Attorney Wardrobe Advice From An Image Consultant

ATTORNEYS

This article explains how attorneys should dress. It focuses on suits, hairstyles, footwear, and accessories.

LAWYERS AND SUITS

As we look at the legal profession we usually see men and women in suits, but few attorneys, including the most experienced, are aware of the unwritten rules covering their most prized outfit, the business suit. As image consultants we look beyond the surface and can tell you that your suit needs to be in earth tones, tailored neatly, and made of wool or a wool blend, except in the summer when Belgian cotton is acceptable.

Men often forget to have a second fitting. Demand one. Women usually neglect to have their jackets tailored, leading to bumps and wrinkles that will cost them points in the minds of clients, colleagues, and judges. The best advice we can give you is to look at Jay Leno and observe how his suits fit. Copy that style. Shop at Brooks Brothers or other quality stores. Avoid stores that don’t have tailors on staff.

SHOES FOR ATTORNEYS

The only two shoe styles acceptable for male attorneys are black cap-toes and wingtips. No other shoes are as inoffensive and effective. Yes, F. Lee Bailey does wear boots. But he’s F. Lee Bailey.

Female attorneys often make the mistake of matching shoes to suits. This only works when your outfit is black. Female attorneys should not wear light-colored shoes. They send the wrong signals. Nor should your toes be visible. You need to wear black pumps, with heels no more than two and a half inches high.

HAIRSTYLES AND ACCESSORIES

Male attorneys need to have neat hair, trimmed around the ears. It should not be too shiny with gel. It should not have the spiky look common with college students. Judges react unfavorably to such styles.

Female attorneys can wear different hairstyles as long as their hair does not pass their shoulders. They can even wear it up in a semblance of a beehive or bouffant look, if it’s not excessive and if it’s neat.

Attorneys should have the best accessories. Luxurious leather briefcases. Gold Cross pens. Leather wallets. Movado wristwatches. Simplicity. Fine lines. No sport watches at work.

Following these suggestions will ensure that you’re at least not making major mistakes and turning off clients, colleagues, and judges.

Copyright (c) 2011 William Cane

Belted and Braced – Your Essential Guide to Belting Up From a Style Consultant

Belts are fantastic fashion accessories that can update your look instantly. If they are worn to their best advantage, they can also help to balance the proportions of your upper and lower body. A little care has to be taken though since if the incorrect size or style is worn or they are incorrectly placed, they can sometimes accentuate the very parts of your body that you may be trying to hide.

Different belt styles suite different body shapes and outfits so it pays to experiment with the placing of a belt to ensure you are creating the desired effect. Depending on the width of the belt you choose, the effect can be to slim or even widen your body. Also be careful with buckle-type belts since some can make you look a little more chunky than desired! However, don’t give up. The trick with belts is knowing how to wear them so, with a little perseverance or professional advice from an image consultant, you will find the style that not only matches your outfit but also suits your body shape.

Belts come in a huge variety of designs including soft leather, fabric, beaded, chain and ribbon. Finding the right one for you will depend on your preferences and shape of body.

Many women, especially those with a more rounded body, tend to hide their waist under shapeless tops. This is not necessary since a belt can often be used to give the impression of a narrower waist and a more hour-glass figure, for example wearing a dark coloured belt will automatically be more slimming. Knowing what size and style of belt to wear is the key here.

If you are lucky enough to have a neat hour-glass figure then most belt designs should suit you although a wide belt sitting on the waist would be perfect. However, you do need to think about where your waist is if you are high or low-waisted then a wide belt might end up sitting under your bust which is not right.

If you have a petite frame you should keep away from large and thick belts as they will completely engulf you. Choose instead, a medium-sized and thinner belt, or even a chain belt, to help to keep your body in better proportion. Also, choosing a belt that is the same or similar colour to your outfit stops your body looking as if it has been cut in half. Thinner belts always look brilliant with tailored trousers.

Advertising the fact that you don’t have much of a waist is not recommended if you have a more rectangular-shaped body. To draw attention away from this, avoid stiff belts and they will emphasise your ‘column’ shape, opting instead for a more subtle style with ribbon ties.

If you follow these essential style tips to how to wear belts then you shouldn’t go wrong but if you are still not quite sure which belt works best for you then why not book to visit a style consultant to find out how you should wear yours.