Canadianlawyermagazine.com- Larry Rosen practiced corporate law for some years and now runs the Canadian retail chain known for its men’s fine clothing. So he knew of what he spoke when he offered corporate counsel these tips for dressing just right:
1. You can only underdress, not overdress. Always err on the side of being overdressed. Worst-case scenario? You’re the best dressed, most in-control, confidence-inspiring person in the room.
2. Men in suits look powerful, authoritative, and sexy. Why would you not want to have that advantage when dealing with a potential client?
3. Dark dressy suit: navy or black — updated and current. Dress it up with a white shirt and French cuffs for semi-formal occasions. A dark suit is the most versatile suit you can own. Wear it with a coloured or patterned shirt, with a tie or without, for a more relaxed look.
4. When “business casual” is appropriate, wear a sports jacket with dress casual pants and a smart sport shirt or knit. Jeans are never appropriate for business.
5. “God is in the details” (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). The small things make you look complete. Add a pocket square and cufflinks. Take care choosing your shirt and tie.
Bonus: Squido has a great article worthy of reading entitled, What to Wear to Win the Case. One of the more impressive tips in the list is “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 arbitration, where being perceived as neutral can be an asset, or during a meeting with the adult children of the elderly, discussing sensitive issues. Wearing suits or sport coats in medium grays, browns, tans, and olives, comes across as non-threatening, friendly, and forthcoming.