Dress for success. How to get that lawyer look

Do you work in a law office? Or do you aspire to imitate their powerful, yet stylish chic? To pull off the lawyer look you need well-tailored suits and professionalism in mind. Something that isn’t as easy to get right as you might think. 

Whether you’re starting out your career as a criminal lawyer, or go down the route of motorcycle accident lawyer John Foy, each office will have their own set of requirements for those who are meeting clients, heading to court and representing their legal business. If you’re unsure of where to begin, we’ve got you covered – read on for how to dress for success and get that lawyer look. 

Female lawyers

It’s been said that fashion is not about clothes, it’s about the look that they give you. And if you’re a female attorney about to embark on your legal career, you’ll want to hit the ground running and create a strong impression. Consider the following:

  • A beautifully tailored suit that is of high quality and fits you comfortably
  • Simple block colours (avoiding anything too bright)
  • Simple, subtle jewellery that doesn’t make noise or is distracting
  • Buttoned up blouses and well-fitting shirts
  • Skirts that sit below the knee
  • High-quality hosiery
  • Simple court shoes with a medium/low heel

The following are usually prohibited by most law firms. 

  • Showing cleavage
  • Spaghetti strap tops
  • Mini skirts
  • Tightfitting, low cut tops/halter necks or open back tops
  • Leisurewear including trainers

Male lawyers

Men just throw on a suit, right? Believe it or not, it’s much more complicated than that. There’s a fine line between looking smart in a suit and sleazy or cheap, and if you’re a male lawyer, you’ll want to get it right. The following are often expected:

  • A white dress shirt
  • A well-fitting suit in a conservative colour
  • Complementary, plain tie
  • Leather shoes

If you want to maintain a professional style and create the right impression, avoid the following:

  • Brightly coloured suits
  • Patterned suits 
  • Cartoon or novelty ties
  • Clashing colours 
  • Earrings
  • Gym clothing

What about hair?

For female lawyers, both long and short styles are acceptable, however, they should well kept and tidy. No dreadlocks or bunches. Male lawyers should keep hair short and well-groomed, however, be wary of too much hair product. Facial hair must be well-groomed! 

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