Lawyers, have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Either way, you may want to try this one on for size: dress to impress in 2011. In 2010, we learned that the rules for professional attire have changed as to what is considered casual, business casual, and professional dress. We also learned that beautiful people tend to make more money than their less attractive counterparts.

So, with the new year, why not give yourself a competitive business advantage? Dedicate yourself to looking like a lawyer, and see where the results take you.


In 2010, most professional men still couldn’t dress themselves properly, and there was great debate over the appropriateness of fashion-forward accessories for women in court. Some may say that in order to dress for success, a lawyer’s attire should match that of his clientele—the truth, though, is that people tend to expect more from lawyers, including great taste in fashion.

Even if you do choose to be more casual at work, there are many wonderful ways to avoid making fashion faux pas in 2011. First, start with some introductory reading:

For Men: Start Dressing Like a Pro
For Women: Some Thoughts on Frump
Unisex: Look Like a Lawyer

Then, for more topic-specific advice, check out the following articles:

Tips for Men

Tips for Women

Now that you’re armed with an arsenal of fashion tips and tricks for lawyers, you should be ready to take on the new year with a new spin on your professional attire.

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