What To Wear As A Lawyer – How To Dress As An Attorney / Solicitor

What To Wear As A Lawyer – How To Dress As An Attorney / Solicitor

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Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video we discuss what to wear as
a lawyer, attorney or a solicitor so you look dignified, professional and respectable. As you know, first impressions count. According to a 2000 article of the Personality
and Social Psychology Bulletin, the outward appearance and what you wear is a top factor
and how you’re perceived by others. Among others is a firm handshake and a good
posture. As an attorney you always want to look understated,
professional and dignified. You don’t want to be perceived as flashy,
dandy-like or fashionable. After all you want to be respected as a man
of the law and not that guy who’s just known for his colorful outfits. At the same time, you don’t want to be like
a cartoon character who wears the exact same thing every day. So what should you wear? This is what we discuss in this video. We talk about what to wear at the office, when
you meet clients and in court. If you want to learn how to dress for a job
interview as a lawyer, please check out this video series here. Of course, if you work in environmental law
or if you have a lot of musicians or artists as your clients your dress code will be more
relaxed. This video covers what’s appropriate for 95%
of lawyers out there. Let’s start with a hallmark of a lawyer’s wardrobe
which is the suit. I’m wearing one right here right now single breasted,
go with a notched lapel, ideally you have some cuffs at the bottom or you can go without
a cuff maybe you want pleats maybe you just want an iron crease. Overall, a two-piece suit is a good way to
start. You want to be a little more formal you can
add a three-piece suit using a vest out of a matching fabric. If you’re just starting out I suggest you
stick with single breasted suits because they’re the standard. Double breasted suits are very traditional. They’re very classic and they’re a tad more
formal than single breasted suits. They also work really well for people who
have a V shape. However, some people may interpret them as
being too overpowering and to Wall street-like so be careful when you invest in those. I think double-breasted works well with a
softer fabric such as a gray flannel as you can see here. When you’re just starting out it pays to
invest in a second pair of pants or trousers because you wear them out much more quickly
and that way your entire suit will last you longer and cost less than if you have to buy
two full suits. When it comes to patterns, solid colors and
a plain weave are your friend. For a year-round suit, a worsted wool is great. If you want a winter suit, a flannel is ideal
and if you’re in a hotter climate may be opt for a fresco wool. It’s great because it’s breathable and you
can learn more about that fabric in this guide here. By the way, all the references we make in
this video are linked below the video. Apart from solids, a subtle stripe can also
be acceptable. What I mean by subtle is maybe a pinstripe
in a very plain color such as white, off-white, maybe dark blue or grey. Stay away from bold yellow, green, or pink
stripes. You want the spacing not to be too wide and
bold. The stripe itself should be subtle. So a fine pinpoint is okay maybe a subdued
rope stripe is acceptable too but a wide chalk stripe is simply unacceptable. Alternatively, you can also go with a Prince
of Wales check. I suggest to go without an over plaid. It’s a very classic pattern and it’s appropriate
as a lawyer if it’s very fine. Ideally you want to stick to a 100% natural
fibers because artificial fibers make you sweat and uncomfortable during a day. A 100% wool or maybe some additions of cashmere
to make it softer are what you want. Keep in mind, heavier fabrics will always
drape better and look better on you than thinner lightweight fabrics. So if you work most in an air-conditioned
environment go with something heavier and you would always look more elegant. Of course the fit is the most important thing
in a suit and to learn more about what you should look for and the proper fit please
check out this video series. In terms of suit colors you want to keep it
professional so navy, blue and charcoal are your friends. Black is usually something worn at evening
events or for funerals not at an office. If you want to learn why black is the most
overrated color in menswear, please check out this video here. Some will even argue navy or blue are better
than grey because it connotates truth. In my opinion both colors work very well. I like a gray flannel suit which you can see
here on the right and I like blue worsted suits. Of course you can mix it up and have blue
flannels and gray worsteds but I think this combination is very classic and very professional. Apart from black ideally you should stay away
from brown because it’s too casual of a color unless you may go with a very dark charcoal
brown and you can learn more about that here. Green is something I would always avoid just
like any other bright colors when it comes to suits. The reason being you always want to look professional
and bright colors have a tendency to make you look like a joke and people won’t take
you seriously. Apart from that they’re also a distraction
and not really serving your client. Nothing says I’m a pimp or a drug kingpin
like a white suit so never ever wear that in whatever situation. The only exception to bright colors is seersuckers. In many courtrooms across the country especially
in the south, seersucker is an acceptable material so if you do that go with a classic
blue and white and try to tone down the rest of your accessories. To learn more about seersucker and seersucker
suits please check out the in-depth guide on our website here. Make sure you always wear a dress shirt and
not any kinds of polo shirts. You want a long-sleeve dress shirt never short
sleeved ones. Ideally you have barrel cuffs with buttons
or French cuffs or double cuffs for cufflinks. In terms of colors, white and light blue are
your staples. You can play around with the textures, have
subtle stripes, waffle weaves, twill, plain weaves or whatever you want maybe even some
contrasting stripes but make sure they’re not too bright and everything looks subtle
and professional. Also avoid extremes, that means no extreme
cutaway collars, no 70’s collars. If your face is round, ideally go with a more
closed collar. If you have an oval face, go with a slightly
more spread collar. As an attorney you want to wear neckwear. Traditionally it’s a necktie. I would stay clear of bowties because they’re
a little too flashy. Of course you should choose the right tie. So forget all the 90s ties and the hand-me-downs
from your uncles because they look very dated and not professional. You always want silk ties either printed or
jacquard woven and stay clear of textured materials which are great for a casual wardrobe
but not for a lawyer’s professional wardrobe. In terms of colors, tones of red, burgundy,
navy and blue are best. Alternatively you can go with other subdued
colors such as maybe a bottle green or a very dark orange or yellow. If you want to maybe even a very dark purple. In any case you want them subtle and not bright. Stay clear of shiny satin ties because they
make you look cheap. Instead the best solid tie for a lawyer is
a grenadine tie. It adds texture to your outfit without being
too bold or overly different. You also want a tie that is exactly right
for your length because ideally it should end just above the waistband. Unfortunately it’s very hard to find ties
in different lengths and for that reason we designed a short, a regular and a long tie
so no matter your height we offer grenadine ties in all kinds of colors appropriate for
lawyers in the exact right length for you. So please take a look at the selection here. If you want to go with a stripe, I suggest
a classic repp stripe in subdued colors works. If you want a dot go with a polka dot or a
pin dot make sure it’s not too large but all proportional and attractive. Alternatively you can wear subtle patterns
such as a Glen check which I’m wearing here right now or Macclesfield neats which are
small micro patterns that are recurring. Stay clear of bold colors, bold patterns and
any kind of cashmere or wool texture or maybe even shantung or dupioni silk because they’re
not really appropriate for a lawyer. Also nothing says I’m an investment banker
as much as an Hermes tie with little animal critters on them in pink and bold yellow or
turquoise. Stay clear of those ties. You’re a respectable lawyer. Another tie that is very underrated for lawyers
is the silver and black tie. It’s a very formal tie at the same time it
works well with navy, blue, charcoal and mid grays. It works well with all kinds of hair colors
and it’s just a wonderful tie for any kind of formal occupation such as an attorney. For a large selection and all kinds of lawyer
appropriate ties in three different sizes please check out our shop here. No attorneys outfit is complete without proper
over the calf socks. A lot of lawyers out there wear short socks
that expose their calf. Not only is it unprofessional but nobody wants
to see your exposed leg hair. The golden rule is to pair the color of the
socks with a pair of your pants and your suit. The problem is it’s very difficult to match
because there are hundreds of shades of navy. To avoid this issue you should go with a pair
of two-tone socks that has either two-tones of gray or two-tones of blue and that way
it works with any kind of suit color and it always looks stylish yet subdued and understated. My two pairs of go-to socks for lawyers would
be the navy and blue shadow stripe as well as the charcoal and light grey shadow stripe. You can
find both of them here. If you want to go a little bolder you can
either have the navy and yellow shadow stripe or maybe the navy and red. If you want something solid but you want to
be different I suggest to go with a socks with clocks. They have a solid background in mid gray,
charcoal and navy, but the fine clocks make them look different, make them look professional,
and you stand out from the crowd in a very very subtle way and only if you sit down. If you want to learn more about how to combine
shoes with socks and your suit, please check out this guide here. With accessories, the same rule applies as
with all other things in a lawyer’s outfit. Keep it simple. If you wear a French cuff or double cuff shirt
go with simple cufflinks in gold or silver. Stay clear of precious stones, maybe semi
precious stones in multiple colors as well as enamel. It’s simply over the top. I’m wearing a pair of silver monkey fists
knot cufflinks which are very appropriate for a lawyer’s outfit. You can also wear them in gold, maybe rose
gold depending on what other accessories you usually have. Apart from cufflinks, a wedding band is acceptable
and maybe a signet ring or a pinkie ring if you wear it or if you’re at an interview or
you’re just starting out it may be wise not to wear that and just keep it plain and simple. So if you’re a partner, you can think about
wearing tie bars or maybe collar pins. If you’re just an associate starting out I
would suggest not to wear those because it could be interpreted the wrong way. Should you were belt or suspenders, a belt
is probably your classic choice and it’s okay. Make sure it matches the color of your shoes
and ideally you want the metal parts to be tone and tone with your briefcase and maybe
your cufflinks. Also maybe your monk strap buckle if you decide to wear that. Personally I really like to wear suspenders
a lot because they keep my pants at the same height all day long. Now if you take your jacket off a lot and
you show your suspenders in some law firms that may be a symbol of hierarchy so figure
out if it’s okay for you to wear suspenders or not. When in doubt stick with a belt because it
could be interpreted the wrong way and be held against you. For the winter, I suggest you invest in a
dark overcoat either single breasted or double breasted. Double breasted helps because it keeps you
warmer. Also invest in a solid cashmere scarf maybe
in a shade of blue or go with a subtle pattern such as a herringbone. The ideal pair of gloves for a lawyer is not
black but gray because it provides a contrast. It pairs with everything that you have in
your wardrobe. At the same time, it’s not as boring as black. It’s always professional and understated. For a selection of nice cashmere scarves and
grey gloves please check out our shop here. When it comes to shoes I think most lawyers
underestimate their impact. When it comes to suits, you can have a $5,000
bespoke suit but if you wear it with cheap shoes it ruins the entire look. Apart from oxfords and derbies you may also
want to investigate a monk strap shoe or maybe a double monk strap shoe. Word is also on the street that especially
older lawyers will always judge you by the look and the quality of your shoes. So I suggest you buy the best pair you can
afford. You take care of them, rotate them, and put
them on shoe trees. They should wear you for decades to come and
the cost per wear will be extremely low. You definitely want a pair of Goodyear welted
shoes and to understand the difference what that is please check out this guide and for
an in-depth comparison of $100 versus $500 dress shoes please check out this video here. Now I’m not saying you have to invest $500
in your dress shoes. You can find Goodyear welted ones starting
at $200. But in general the more you pay the better
the leather, the more comfortable and the better the last so you’re comfortable all
day. The first pair of shoes you should invest
in is a black cap toe oxford shoe. If you have very big feet and it’s uncomfortable
you can think about going with a black derby but it’s a classic wardrobe staple that you
will be able to wear in court, at the office and when your meeting clients. On top of that you may want to go with a brown
shoe maybe a very dark chocolate brown or maybe something like a chestnut brown. If you go that route you can go with a little
bit of brouging maybe across the cap. Avoid full brogues and only stick with half
or semi brogues at the most. Anything else would be too informal. To understand the differences between an oxford
shoe, a derby, and a blucher, please check out this video here. Another underrated shoe color for men is deep
burgundy or oxblood red. It’s something that pairs with everything
in your wardrobe and it’s very classic but you can also wear it maybe with a blazer or
a sport coat combination on casual Fridays. If you can just invest in two shoes I would
go with a black and a burgundy. If you can do three – black, burgundy and dark
brown. For a fourth and fifth pair I would maybe
go with another black pair. One as a plain cap toe oxford, one with slight
broguing maybe on a cap toe because then you create different outfits and you can rotate
your shoes and that way they last you even longer. Always avoid square toed shoes because they
make you look cheap. In the same vein, stay clear of snakeskin
or alligator shoes because they make you look too flashy. For the same reason stay clear of any other
colors like blue or green. It’s just over the top. Definitely avoid slip-on shoes or loafer. They’re great for casual environments but
not at a law office. Stay clear of shoe brands like Steve Madden,
Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic or Johnston & Murphy. If you really want to know what I think about
all kinds of different shoe brands please check out these live sessions where I discuss
just that. Now that you know what to wear also think
about your hair. First of all make sure you get a haircut regularly
or maybe a trim in-between because that way you always look very presentable and professional. To shave or not to shave? That’s a big question. Traditionally most lawyers would always go
clean-shaven for a professional look. I think these days you can find a lot of lawyers
with a beard so if you decide to go that route make sure you have a clean well groomed beard
and own it and wear it with confidence. No matter if you go with a beard or clean-shaven
wear it with confidence and it will make you look very professional like a proper lawyer. So what to wear on casual Fridays? Most law firms in the US have implemented
that dress code and to get a basic understanding of what that means for men please check out
this video here. Now I just provide general guidelines there
and ideally you want to maybe talk to your secretary and ask her what’s appropriate or
simply look around you. What are the other people wearing and especially
what is your supervisor wearing? Because that will give you a good indicator
what’s expected from you. Keep in mind it’s always better to be slightly
overdressed than underdressed. For example, if denim is acceptable in your
office make sure to go with a dark wash no holes and should all look decent. If you’re not quite sure or you want to go
slightly more dressy go with a pair of chinos or khakis and to learn more about the intricacies
of that garment please check out this guide here. If you want to learn more about accessories
or things like briefcases for lawyers I suggest you take a look at lawyerist.com who have
covered these things in depth. In terms of tie knots, I suggest to keep it
simple. Avoid a Windsor knot because it’s too big
and it makes you look like a used car salesman instead go with something like a four-in-hand
knot. You can learn how to tie it in this video
here. Now some people prefer to go with a dimple
others prefer to go without. Personally I always like to tie a dimple and
if you want to learn how to tie it every time please check out this video here. Pocket squares are an accessory that work
really well with suits. For lawyers however I suggest you keep it
crisp, simple and clean which means a simple white linen pocket square with hand rolled
edges. Although you can have different folds such
as a crown fold or a puff fold, I think for lawyers the most acceptable and some say the
only acceptable fold is a TV fold I’m wearing here right now. If you want to learn how to fold a pocket
square that way check out this video here. And for a great selection of white pocket
squares with your first initial please check out our shop here. Oh one more thing, you’re a lawyer so wear
a proper briefcase and skip the backpack. That makes you look like a boy and really
cheap and it’s inappropriate. In today’s outfit I’m wearing a typical
lawyer’s outfit consisting of a two-piece dark navy suit. It has two buttons because one would be too
little and three may be too much. The pants were made for me so I have side
adjusters and neither a belt nor suspenders. The shirt I’m wearing is plain white with
a medium spread collar. It’s not too extreme. The tie I’m wearing is a red, black and
white Prince of Wales check tie. It’s a very small pattern. It’s very subtle and I tied it in a four-in-hand
knot with a dimple. You can learn more about how to tie tie knots
in this series here. The shirt has French cuffs so I’m wearing
them with silver Monkey Fist cufflinks from Fort Belvedere. I could also wear them with gold ones or rose
gold ones. My pocket square is a white linen pocket square
from Fort Belvedere folded in a TV fold which is probably the only acceptable fold for a
lawyer. My socks are two-tone stripe shadow socks
in navy and blue and they go with any kind of navy. My shoes are black oxfords with a cap toe. They have a little Balmoral stitching over
the cap toe and they’re made from Pediwear in England, cost about 250 bucks and are Goodyear
welted. I’m also wearing a carnelian silver ring on
my ring finger of the right hand that goes well with the color of my tie. I decided to go with cuffs on my pants because
it’ll be heavier and pull everything down. The fabric of the suit is a nice 12 ounce
simple weave from Holland & Sherry and it really drives much better than it’s thinner
flimsy fabric. If you enjoyed this video please give us a
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100 thoughts on “What To Wear As A Lawyer – How To Dress As An Attorney / Solicitor

  • Ryan Brown Post author

    You know I would like to see one for a primary school teacher.  I feel like it would be a good challenge because it involves a discussion on how to do this on a budget.

  • Milford Cubicle Post author

    what to wear as a retail clerk!

  • Muzammil Shehzada Post author

    Please make a video about how to dress as a IT professional. Thanks,

  • TheKocton Post author

    Can you do one for Doctors, Physicians and MedStudent.
    How to look profesional in front patients, and what to wear?
    Thanks great video!

  • Roger Nobbs Post author

    This is inspired! I've worked at two London law firms, one big and corporate, the other much smaller and very traditional. At both I often wondered why the PAs (including the male ones like me) were mostly better dressed than the lawyers, who earned much more and also faced the clients. In truth, the dress code conundrum has become more of a minefield with the introduction casual wear. The best dressed lawyers, both male and female, tend to be the one who follow the classic rules, but it does also depend on what your clients are like. No point dressing up to see Zuckerberg or Musk, but if you are seeing Buffet or Soros it might be a good thing.

  • Certinho Post author

    This is very informative. I'm finishing up my undergraduate work currently and I am contemplating Law School and being an attorney as a profession. My other thought are that I hope to become a Professor and work in academia. Could you do a video on what a Professor should wear or has that already been done?

  • Bryan Harmon Post author

    What should a Bachelor wear to an MBA interview? I.E. an entrance opportunity into an University acceptance interview.

  • Gijs Oomkes Post author

    I keep thinking this concept would work better if it was done in an interview format. Why not bring in an actual lawyer to give some background info to the advice?

  • A man has no name Post author

    Shoes are an important point. I heard jurors complain about an attorney's cheap looking shoes. When they are noticing your shoes they are not listening to your client's case.

  • Jacob Binu Post author

    Raphael, please do a video on belts..

  • LFCzeppelin8 Post author

    I see loads of people in decent suits but then I look down and they are wearing utterly horrific shoes – either dreadfully designed (think "fashion" shoes), or in desperate need of cleaning, or both!

    For work I have 3 pairs of black leather shoes: one classic Oxford, one Oxford with brogueing on the cap, and one loafer style – I'm not a lawyer though so it's alright 😉 Next pair will definitely be a monkstrap or double monkstrap in oxblood.

  • Nathan McAndrew Post author

    Hey Raphael, huge fan, great video! I'm in my last year of mortuary school. Do you think you could do a video about what funeral directors should wear? Keep up the awesome videos!

  • Niles Peel Post author

    Any suggestions for a business advisor that owns his company ?

  • Mandeep Baweja Post author

    I really like Steve Maden's both Single and Double Monk strap shoes both in brown….kindly suggest me a brand sir from where should i buy my first quality pair? Budget is little tight.

  • drglebov Post author

    Raphael — Good video, but as an attorney, I'd like to add a few comments.  I can't speak for lawyers outside the U.S., but in my case, I have been practicing law on the East Coast since 1986.  I began my legal career in one of the top corporate law firms in the country, then became the Chief Counsel of a special government agency, then worked for many years as an Assistant D.A. in Philadelphia, focusing on federal appeals (including appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court).  My comments — at 5:57 and at 16:09, those wide-spreading collars are terrible, I'd NEVER wear shirts like that — at 6:26 and at 8:06, the pictured ties are simply not tied properly, I'd NEVER wear a sloppy-looking tie like that — at 6:35–6:53 and at 16:50, that thick-textured, dark orange, very-badly-tied tie is truly AWFUL, even laughable (are you kidding?) — at 6:58, the so-called "rule" you mention for tie length makes the tie look too short, and it's better to have the tip of the tie extending about one inch below the belt-line — at 11:00, what you say about younger associates at a firm having it "counted against them by dressing like the partners" is flat-out wrong, and in fact, the exact opposite is true, namely, associates should generally dress like the partners, so that the partners will come to think of them as "one of their own" — at 11:29, what you say about wearing gray gloves is pretty much off-the-mark, since I've NEVER seen lawyers wearing anything but black leather gloves during my entire career, so where did you come up with this weird "gray" rule?  On the positive side, the tie you are wearing in the video, with the simple, one-dimple knot, with the medium-spread collar, look very good for a high-level American lawyer.  I also agree with some of the comments, saying that lawyers can adopt many styles, depending on the context.  For example, if you are working at a large law firm in your office all day (or, if you are a solo practitioner who meets with "regular people" as clients), it's perfectly proper to take off your suit jacket, partially roll up your sleeves, unbutton your top shirt button, and loosen your tie, since it makes you look like you are "working hard," although you would never, ever appear in court that way, especially any federal court.  Good job overall, though.

  • Adam Franasiak Post author

    Just read "How to dress for success" by John t Molloy.

  • Makaveli1258 Post author

    I really enjoyed the video! I am a law student, and I will definitely reference back to this when I start practicing! I am curious, what's your take on functioning buttonholes on jacket sleeves? Thank you!

  • Morick Rift Post author

    Does this video apply to paralegals ?

    I am about to begin working as a paralegal and looking to get my wardrobe ready.

  • GoFeri Post author

    Single-breasted suit, super 170 Tasmanian wool, in a navy pinstripe. Sea Island cotton dress shirt with a white club collar and French cuffs, with real mother-of-pearl buttons. Light blue knit tie with collar pin.

  • Will 88 Post author

    Just used to wear a conservative navy or grey suit when I worked as a lawyer, but then again, I was in business litigation which called for a more conservative look versus the lawyers who worked in technology or entertainment.

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  • Bananas For Plato Post author

    As someone in a US Law school, he’s spot on!

  • legion2rei Post author

    I almost fell off my chair when he said "Word on the street" …. that was worth more than a giggle 🙂

  • Oliver Brinkmann Post author

    I am a lawyer in Germany and really appreciate this video as many of my colleagues dress quite shabby and neglegant. A lawyer always has to sell seriosity in his business so a decent garment is important. By the way: in Germany there is no such thing as a "casual friday" but I like the idea of showing that the weekend is near by a slightly more casual business look.

  • Al Montasir Ramim Post author

    Thanks you very much, I am a future lawyer and now i know how to look one 😎😎😎😎

  • Taselukaneta Post author

    I got a law firm ad before this love all your videos

  • Chris Yuki Post author

    Very enlightening. I would like to see this type of video for retail/sales as well as teachers/educators. I enjoy this series of videos!

  • Art of Elegance Post author

    do a video on real estate agent dressing guide Swen.

  • Matt B Post author

    Woa! Steve Madden?? Shots fired Raphael! Those were my favorite brand when I was 22..

  • AntonioKowatsch Post author

    All of my lawyers wear the same boring outfits; standard navy blue suits.

  • AntonioKowatsch Post author

    White pocket-square? I have a hack for that; just take a piece of rolled up toiled paper. Works just as well LOL.

  • Bender Bending Rodriguez Post author

    How about an accountant?

  • Sergio Luja Post author

    Could you do Banker/Finance next? That would be great, Raphael.

  • Mark McPanda Post author

    I love this type of video that connects fashion with occupations. I would love to see one for real estate agents. It’s important for us to come across as neat professionals who can handle such large transactions but at the same time unpretentious. We also need to be comfortable with certain elements of our job as well, putting out signs, etc.


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  • Phenurio Post author

    this is all nice and beautiful but this clothes (when you want the real deal) will cost u a fortune..

    starting with the suit(s) if you want to avoid to get dressed like a caricature (as u said) then you would need a minimum of three suis (jacket and pants) lets assume that you are an average citizen with a normal income.. and you want to have a mid quality suit.. the suit alone will cost me about 500$ each (and those are "cheap" suits)

    so there you have 1500 $ just like that..

    then you have to think about the suit shirts.. lets say you buy 6 shirts for 50$ each..

    + 300 $

    then you want to have a good pair of shoes in lets say 3 variant colors.. i would go with brown (classic) black and grey shoes. a good pair of shoes can cost you a fucking world..
    lets assume that a good pair of shoes cost you about 200 $

    there you have 600$

    lets move on to the little details.. ties.. and cufflinks..

    oh boy.. u get what i mean?.. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU START YOUR WARDROBE?..

  • Looolcom Post author

    Rafeal, great video as usual. What’s a briefcase brand would you recommend? A video on briefcases would be very helpful too. Thank you.

  • PiranhaJaw22 Post author

    What to wear as an architect

  • keroji s Post author

    Now i have a confident that i can nail the law firm intern interview.

  • George Papapavlou Post author

    I have a challenge for you Mr. Schneider: what to wear as an engineer!

  • Jasir Khawar Post author

    The way he speaks is soo relaxing.. 😂😂😂

  • Lorenzo Aten Post author

    What tie knot are you wearing at 11:23?

  • devashish j Post author

    Make for an architect too !

  • K Mu Post author

    You never get a second chance to make a first good impression.
    How do you extrapolate this for a doctor/surgeon who wants to look distinguished but approachable ?

  • Khan Hossain Post author

    Were you a lawyer?

  • eizhowa Post author

    I find that dressing as a lawyer is challenging as a woman. The dress code is not as strict (women can typically be more fashion inspired), but that makes the chances of making a mistake bigger. The grey zones are bigger.

  • kendall barber Post author

    loved the program question for me i am a soon to be a paralegal in personal injury with a eye towards getting a posting with DEA as paralegal any ideas for suits 3 or 2 piece and colors and solids and stripes

  • Z31Rider Post author

    What to wear as a Pimp?

  • G Raina Post author

    what do you think about dress boots? and chelsea boots?

  • Hetal Modi Post author

    Useful in fancy dress

  • Wools Father Post author

    I like the rings you wearing looks arabic rings

  • Ashley Blood-Halvorsen Post author

    lol when he said "you don't want to be like a cartoon character who wears the exact same thing every day". Clearly has not met a barrister. Black suit every day; the cufflinks change of course.

  • jhallig Post author

    Raphael does such a fantastic job with these videos. The attetnion to detail is fantastic and he has so much information and guidance to provide. A perfect example of someone that found a way to make a living doing something they love, ie; trading in clothes and accessories and now with the wonderful videos.

  • Peter Aremone Post author

    Q.What to wear as a Lawyer?
    A. The 'Honesty' hat.

    Well, that's not going to happen, so keep more videos coming on the topic.

  • Snow The White Fox Post author

    make one about Teacher please…

  • Muhammad Usman Post author

    I must say Ralph, I have a beautiful payer of black alligator oxfords that I wear to the office (I’m a lawyer) and they are not quite flashy. The shoes are also Italian and have a very elegant last and feel, so if you are a lawyer I’d suggest going with something like this instead of a black shoe with broguing because it looks much better. This is mainly due to the fact that black with broguing doesn’t match due to the levels of formality.

  • Marion Greene Post author

    Dang, I thought an all white suit says that your a successful planter.

  • Zeuqzav01 Post author

    What to wear as a physician, with clothes all in white? Please

  • charles Reyment Post author

    Hey Raphael, can please make a video on what to wear as a financial adviser or financial planner

  • Eric Steele Post author

    Don't Lawyers wear robes and wigs though?

  • ThatGUY666666 Post author

    I'm a 28 year old lawyer in Missouri and I must say it amazes me how many of my colleagues should probably watch this video. Like most professions, the practice of law has become more casual in recent decades but when it comes to court at least you should either stick to solid colors (the lightest you should ever consider wearing would be a medium grey) or if you have a pattern make sure it is subtle (and by this I mean you have to be standing next to the person to really see the pattern in full).

  • Sabbir Hossen Post author

    What about watches ?
    And specially a card ?

  • cookingprof Post author

    I have some questions shoe & sock pairings. I tend to wear black over the calf hose that matches the color of my shoes. IMHO it is less distracting. My suiting color choices are: Solid Navy Blue, Solid Charcoal Grey. I have a medium color Grey that has an almost indistinguishable pin stripe. (All of these have the obligatory second pair of trousers.)

  • cookingprof Post author

    Shirting's are ALL French Cuff. Pale Blue, Pale Ecru ; and, a multitude of fabrics & textures in White. Cufflinks are the 19th century flat button engraved variety for court. Far more subdued than the Knot styles in your video.

  • cookingprof Post author

    Watches were not addressed in the video that I saw. I'd NEVER wear a Rolex in court. A Patek on a leather strap works for me.
    ROLEX= FLASH PATEK= PROFESSIONALISM Maybe this just me; or, maybe some clients want to see a level of confidence that Quality exudes.

  • Sonia 7 Post author

    I am a lawyer and I think black and grey is professional

  • Faisal F Post author

    Do one for accounting or finance

  • Rover Coupe Post author

    What about an MBA?

  • Elliott Trendell Post author

    His posture is just so bad.

  • tucker12435 Post author

    I have a tailored suit that cost me $600 But I usually only work for weddings. I have two casual suit jackets. One is dark gray joesph abboud and the other is black

  • tucker12435 Post author

    I can’t tie a tie so I only have two zipper ties LOL

  • Elijah De Rosales Post author

    Just what I needed

  • Ray T. Post author

    What about bankers? 🙂

  • Joël Luder Post author

    I cant believe you havent made a what to wear as a Banker yet. Dr. before banker I have to say I feel a bit left out 🙂

  • Rodrigo Schmidt Post author

    I am a Lawyer, but my city is very hot, any tips for this situation?

  • Monroe Post author

    The best thing about this channel is its clear subjectivity… but all the tips are correct.

  • Lawracles LP Post author

    I am an out-of -the -box thinker. I express myself with my bow tie. Long tie is a no no for me!

  • Lawracles LP Post author

    I am an out-of -the -box thinker. I express this through my bow ties. A long tie is a 'no no' for me!

  • Lawracles LP Post author

    I am an out-of -the -box thinker. I express this through my bow ties. A long tie is a 'no no' for me!

  • Juli Phukan Post author

    I am an Assamese Indian woman advocate,i wear the dresses prescribed by our advocate act , colors are black,white,grey and mellow,full sleeves and long

  • Plumber Fountain Hills AZ Post author

    Great video

  • Plumber Fountain Hills AZ Post author

    Great video

  • Elijah Caon Post author

    My only comment here is that maybe I guess it’s because of where I’m from (Australia) but a tie pin is seen as more of a utility thing than anything else. I’ve always worn one even when clerking because I utterly hate my tie swinging around. But senior lawyers sometimes don’t wear them so I guess it’s viewed a bit differently here.

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  • suhaimibull Mr Post author

    really good..

  • Neil Doshi Post author

    A video on Office bag and/or just bags in general?!

  • Alan Butler Post author

    How can a tiebar be interpreted the wrong way? What does a tiebar say that I'm missing? I always wear tie bars.

  • Adem Mustafa Post author

    I will be a lawyer in 20 years so Im just looking…

  • Andy Johnson Post author

    What to wear when it’s above 30 degrees centigrade?

  • Ryan McKenna Post author

    Quick related question to this video that I hope someone could answer:
    I'm being called to the bar in Canada where we have to wear traditional Barristers robes for the ceremony and in court. They say to wear black shoes with the outfit that is largely black and white but with grey striped pants. What kind of black shoes do you think are most appropriate? Should it be regular or patent leather? Any advice or thoughts would be very appreciated.

    Thanks for the great video generally!

  • Noah B Post author

    Tutorial: what to wear as an investment banker

  • Martin Tanz Post author

    I am a practicing attorney so I have a fist hand view of this. Respectfully, I think a lot of this advice is misleading. It isn't that a young lawyer who follows this advice will be poorly served, as you can't really go wrong with conservative suits and black balmoral oxfords for court, but a lot of large firms, and virtually all small firms have gone to business casual, or even casual in the office, and a lot of lawyers don't go to court all that often as as such, only need one or two conservative outfits.

    Ans as for attorneys who do spend a lot of time in court, a lot of them have their own signature look that breaks a lot of traditional rules. I know a successful attorney who wears pastels for both suit and accent colors. It looks dandyisn, but that is his look. I know another attorney who wears black and white or brown and white spectator shoes. And several others who wear loafers with no socks all the time, including in winter. And even attorneys who break the no sneakers rule and wear black trainers with their suit jacket. Similarly with shirts and ties. There are trial lawyers who seem to wear the same simple black or red tie everyday, while there are others who wear ties that seem to leap right off their shirts. And finally with shoes, there are lawyers who get their shoes shined almost every day, or at least a couple of times per week and keep good shoes both in good repair and in a regular rotation. And their are lawyers who wear cheaply made shoes until they literally have to toss them in the trash. That isn't a look I would personally recommend, but some of these guys are otherwise decently put together, or at least not the worst dressed lawyers in the courthouse.

    Also, another variable to consider is the effect of your attire on the jury. This is a hard one, since we can't always see ourselves as others see us. But, for example, if you see a jury dressed extremely casually, you might want to pay attention to how a jury will see you, and maybe dress against the stereotype of the lawyer as the hired gun, or if you are trying a case in a rural area, the fancy college boy who thinks he is better than they are. It is a tough balancing act and most of us small firm and even most big firm lawyers don't have clients rich enough to hire jury consultants. My sense is, if you come across as genuine, that is about the best you can do. But it does mean developing your own sense of style, rather than wearing some uniform that you don't feel comfortable wearing. So, if you never wear 3 piece suits, don't wear one in front of a jury. If you feel, as I do, that black cap toe oxfords are too formal for the state and county you practice in, don't wear them.

  • Ali Tahir Post author

    Frankly Sven your suits have a terrible shoulder alignment.

  • Ali Tahir Post author

    Also you have no idea how dress code applies in certain bars across the globe.

  • C. C. Post author

    Burgundy shoes? At the lawyer level, probably people have heard of actual cordovan. Also, what's the scary secret message about wearing a tie bar? To my eye, if someone dresses conservatively, and then lets their tie flop and twist. Somebody missed a chance to be consistent. I would inwardly laugh at the lawyer, noob.

  • CloudianOS Post author

    Mein Gott how many Tom Fords do you have??

  • Maxwell The Brave Post author

    You should do a crossover with Legal Eagle!

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  • Raj Md. Ashraful Huq Baramdei Post author

    This video is good but if you really want to make money as a lawyer, follow Saul Goodman's outfit. And always make sure to to know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy via a friend who has talked about a guy whom he has met once.

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