Lawyer wardrobe tips from an image consultant


This article explains how lawyers should dress. It focuses on costumes, hairstyles, shoes and accessories.


When we examine the legal profession, we usually see men and women in suits, but few lawyers, including the more experienced ones, know the unwritten rules regarding their most prized attire, the business suit. As image consultants, we look beyond the surface and can tell you that your costume should be in earth tones, well tailored and made of wool or a wool blend, except in summer when Belgian cotton is acceptable.

Men often forget to have a second fitting. Demand one. Women typically neglect to trim their jackets, resulting in 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 watch Jay Leno and observe how his costumes fit on him. Copy this style. Buy from Brooks Brothers or other quality stores. Avoid stores that do not have tailors on their staff.


The only two styles of shoes acceptable for male avocados are black tips and wing tips. No other shoe is so harmless and effective. Yes, F. Lee Bailey wears boots. But it’s F. Lee Bailey.

Lawyers often make the mistake of matching shoes to suits. It only works when your outfit is black. Lawyers should not wear light-colored shoes. They are sending the wrong signals. Your toes shouldn’t be visible either. You must wear black pumps, with heels no more than two and a half inches high.


Male avocados should have their hair trimmed around the ears. It should not be too shiny with gel. He shouldn’t have the spiky look common with college students. Judges react unfavorably to such styles.

Lawyers can wear different hairstyles as long as their hair is below their shoulders. They can even wear it in a semblance of a beehive or bouffant, if it is not excessive and if it is neat.

Lawyers should have the best accessories. Luxurious leather towels. Gold cross pens. Leather wallets. Movado wristwatches. Simplicity. Fine lines. No sports watches at work.

By following these suggestions, you will at least make sure that you don’t make major mistakes and that you don’t discourage clients, colleagues and judges.

Copyright (c) 2011 William Cane

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