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

Why is Orlando So Popular?

Lets clear up a few misconceptions about Florida in general and Orlando and its attractions in particular.

Firstly for those of us from the U.K. or Europe, it is important to mention the sheer size of this place, although one of the smaller US states (22nd largest), Florida is roughly the same size as England and Wales combined, with Walt Disney World alone equivalent in size to Sheffield! Orlando itself is larger than many small countries.

The point I am making here is that Orlando is a BIG place, for those that have not made the “pilgramage” to Florida with the kids in tow, I cannot emphasise enough the relative difference in scale, a family could easily spend a whole week in Disneyworld, with plenty to see and do!

A popular conception in Europe is that Americans always seem to do things bigger and better, unfortunately in this case its true! No matter which attractions or theme parks you may have visited previously in the UK, you will experience “shock and awe” as you see for the first time any of the larger Orlando parks.

These parks are so big that there are many full blown books and guides dedicated to each one, in fact, if you are planning a trip it would be advisable to read several guides and do lots of research on the web to plan your itinerary. Do not think for a minute that you can “do” a theme park in an afternoon, you will need a full day at least for the major attractions (of which there are many).

I would estimate it would take around 4-5 weeks for an average family to take in just the MAIN attractions. Many of the 34 million people visiting Orlando are repeat visitors, after a 1-2 week initial stay they want more, its not unusual to find yourself on the flight home thinking what a great time you have had – and at the same time feeling disappointed as you realise there is so much more that you missed.

Men’s Suit Buying Guide

Consider your budget:

How much are you willing to spend for your first suit? Be reasonable, and don’t go too low. It is recommended to have at least $150 budgeted for buying a suit. If you are willing to spend up to $300 you will have a very wide selection of quality fabrics, fashionable designs, and a custom fitting available to you.

The right fabric:

Knowing about different type of fabrics is the first and most important step when buying a suit. Even if you are on a tight budget, try finding a suit that is made mostly of wool. Ideally suits should be made from 100% wool. Cheaper man-made fabrics such as polyester, microfiber, or Teflon should be avoided. Those fabrics do not breathe, and will be quite uncomfortable to wear – especially on warmer days. Linen suits should also be avoided for your first suit. Typically linen suits are made in lighter colors. They appear less formal, and are on top of it about 4 times more expensive to dry-clean than a wool suit.

Now, looking at different wool suits, you might notice numbers like “super 100s”, “super 120s”, “super 160s”, and so on. What does this number stand for? You might notice that the higher the number, the more expensive the suit usually is. The number simply rates how fine the wool is. When sheep are sheared, the wool of each sheep gets examined and rated. What matters here is the thickness of one individual fiber. The finer the wool is, the higher the rating. The highest rating you will find is most likely super 200s wool. Most recommended are super 100s and super 120s. The higher numbers are less suited for a daily business suit as they wrinkle much easier, and are less durable.

Choose the right style:

There are many different styles of suits available to you. Don’t panic about all the endless options. If you are buying your fist suit, or are looking for a classic business suit, then the suit jacket should be:

  1. Dark blue, or charcoal gray in color (the latter one is preferred here)
  2. Be Solid Color (no pin-stripes, checks, or plaids)
  3. Be Single-Breasted (the jacket simply buttons, and does not overlap to the other side)
  4. Have a Two or Three-button jacket

If you keep the above in mind, you will be on the right track. You already narrowed down your selection to couple of different suits. When buying suits, you usually pick the jacket separately from the pants. As far as jackets are concerned find the cut that is best suited for your body type:

  1. Average body type: Pick the so-called “American Cut”. It is a classic cut that is typically the best choice for your first suit.
  2. Full-figured men: The so-called “Full Cut” might be the best choice here. The “Full Cut” is not tapered at the waist and hangs straight down. It is perfect for men with a wider waistline.
  3. Fit & Athletic men: The “European Cut” might be the best choice here. This type of cut is more tapered at the waist and will compliment you if you are in good shape. Before buying this type of suit make certain that you are keeping your weight, and stay in shape.

The right fit:

Make sure that the suit fits right on your shoulders. Put on the jacket and reach out with both arms to the front. The fabric on your back should be tight, but shouldn’t limit your movement too much. Secondly, make sure that the sleeves have the right length. To find the perfect length, put on the jacket, and stand straight. Let your arms hang down. The sleeves of your suit should end where your hand meets your wrist. Finally make sure that the collar fits properly. About a ½ inch of your dress shirt should show, and there mustn’t be any wrinkles near your collar of the jacket when wearing it.

Finding the right pants is much easier. The most important thing is the right match to your jacket. The colors and fabric type should be an identical match. Also important is the right fit on your waist. When buying a new suit, pants will always be tailored to fit to the right length. Once tailored, the pants must never drag on the floor near your heels. Ideally you socks are covered completely, and the pants should rest slightly on your shoes when standing up straight.

Shirt and Ties:

Shirt and ties are essential accessories for the suit. If you are new to wearing suit and tie, make sure to have at least 4 or 5 dress shirts available. The best colors are white and light blue. For beginners, and men with limited budget, solid color shirts are best. If you are looking to have a new look everyday, the easiest and most cost effective way of doing this, is by changing your neckties. Fine silk ties can cost less than $40 and will give your attire a fresh new look every time. With this in mind, it is recommended to have at least 5 different ties in your wardrobe.