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Most professions have their own dress code and norms that workers need to follow. Even for jobs as ‘casual’ as lawyers and designers, there are specific codes of dressing that you need to abide by. The last thing you want is to be judged before they even meet you in person. In fact, your look can be a deciding factor in the interview or the first impression of your new boss. However, dressing up for work doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking good at the same time and does not need to be a stressful affair.
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Dress up for court
Whether you’re appearing in court as a witness or as an actual party to the suit, there are some dress code rules you should follow. For starters, you should wear something that is neat and suitable for the occasion. Avoid wearing flashy or bright colors that may distract the judge from the proceedings. Instead, go for the traditional black or dark blue (depending on the season). When it comes to court, business casual attire is best for men. That includes long pants, collared shirts, and closed-toe shoes. Women, on the other hand, can wear regular office attire such as a blouse with a pencil skirt or pantsuit. Avoid wearing too much jewelry such as rings, necklaces and bracelets to avoid getting them entangled with your paper or documents while you’re presenting.
Meetings with clients or other lawyers in the firm are all about creating a good impression. Depending on the nature of your job and the firm, your clothes should reflect your personality and professionalism. Men can wear a business suit consisting of a jacket, long pants, and a shirt with a tie. Women can wear a business suit, a pencil skirt or pant suit, and a blouse. However, lawyers should always dress respectfully for meetings as often they can be dealing with difficult topics, such as AFF poisoning. If you have not heard of this topic, then you should research what to know about the AFF lawsuit as it will be important for many lawyers over the coming years.
Accessories such as a pocket square, tie clip, or a tie bar can add a bit of flair to your look. If the meeting is more casual, you can wear a polo shirt or a knit sweater with slacks or a pair of chinos. Avoid wearing too many accessories, especially if the meeting is more formal.
Meetings with clients or employers
If you’re meeting with clients or employers, you may want to tone down your ‘business’ look to avoid appearing too formal or stiff. You can go with something more ‘smart casual’ such as a button-down shirt and a pair of chinos or jeans. You can even wear a blazer if you want to make a more formal impression. When it comes to footwear, you can either wear a pair of sneakers or a pair of loafers. Avoid wearing flip-flops, sandals, or anything too casual. If the meeting is more formal, you can wear a suit.
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Conferences and networking events
If you’re attending a conference or a networking event, you want to make a good first impression on the other guests. You can go with a suit if you want to be more formal, but you can also wear a blazer and a nice button-down shirt. Women can wear a nice dress or a blazer with a pair of pants. Avoid wearing too much jewelry, and don’t forget to bring a nice and professional-looking notebook with you. Don’t forget to clean up your look by ironing your clothes and trimming your nails. You can also bring a cologne with you to spruce up your look, but don’t overdo it. You also don’t want to be too smelly or overpowering. You don’t want to be the person everyone avoids in the room. You can use the above dressing tips to be professionally and stylishly ready to take on lawyers meetings or for courtrooms.
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