Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Janine Giorgenti0
Strategic Dressing Tips for Attorneys (Part II)
For today’s lawyers. Strategy starts with style.
Seeing is Believing
How can you be sure that you are making the right choices for your area of concentration to insure effectiveness? First, you have to understand the psychological implications of clothing and the subliminal messages clothing transmits.
The darker the color, the more authority your attire conveys. A gray or navy suit commands the highest level of respect. Female attorneys wearing black look smart and sophisticated. For men, however, an all black suit commands too much power, so it is best we leave that one for the judge.
There is Power in Softness
There are times when the “Power Look” is overkill, or too intimidating, where a softer persona will further your agenda. This is true during meetings out of court, where being perceived as approachable and neutral can be an asset. In this arena, a female attorney wearing a stylish yet classic dress, suit, or knit ensemble in muted or softer colors, bonds easily with clients and can be very effective. For men, wearing suits or sport coats in medium grays, browns, tans, and olives comes across as non-threatening, friendly, and forthcoming.
Choosing the Right Styles for Women
It is very important that female attorneys present a professional appearance, and are not mistaken for support staff. Although there is the go-to pants-and-jacket ensemble, today’s trend is towards dresses. Wearing a jacket over a dress or skirt and blouse raises a woman’s level of authority. Women have far more choices than men, which makes dressing more complicated and women generally face more figure challenges. Therefore, it is very important that they know which styles flatter their proportions and figure. Seeking advice and employing the services of a wardrobe stylist can make a huge difference.
The Right Suit Styles for Men
It is evident that over the past few years, men’s fashions have evolved and men refreshingly, in general, are suiting up. Although you do not need to dress trendy, you must stay current with the times. Today’s most popular look is a slimmer cut single-breasted two-button coat, with a higher and narrower lapel. Pants should be trim and preferably flat front, although if that does not flatter your physique, then a medium cut suit with pleated pants is okay as long as the look is current. For a really elegant look, try the new double-breasted suits, or a peak lapel on a single-breasted suit.
The Shirt Takes Center Stage
The shirt is a major focal point. It is the “stage,” while the suit is the background. It must be well pressed, and fit impeccably, especially at the collar and cuffs. The style of the shirt collar should complement your face shape. Note: There is no excuse for not buttoning the collar because of tightness, or wearing ill-fitting shirts; ditch them!
Fit to be Tied
Out of everything a man wears, he will be remembered most for his tie. Do not buy cheap ties, and toss all those that reek of “birthday gift” unless they are in extremely good taste. Stick to high-quality wool-lined silks that hold their shape and don’t twist. The color and pattern should be stylish and elegant.
Dressing Strategically for Lawyers
By dressing strategically you will present yourself as an adroit attorney who is on top of your game. Incorporate these dressing techniques, and you will attract more clients, win more cases, and influence people.
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