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(Video) Lawyers Need to Get Back to Dressing Like Lawyers

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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I’ve worked in the legal industry for more than 15 years and have seen a number of changes. The most obvious change surrounds business attire. Lawyers, particularly those new to the field, seem to have forgotten that their profession is one of the highest paying and most prestigious careers on Earth. Why else would those working in an industry where “smart” dressing is the uniform of a powerful and successful lawyer dumb down to a more slovenly approach to dressing?  I remember a time when aspiring professionals could learn a lot about dressing professionally from attorneys. Today, it’s hard to differentiate who’s the attorney and who’s staff. Clearly, dress codes for today’s lawyers are much different than they were 15 years ago.  Still, looking crisp, polished, authoritative and professional, even when wearing business casual attire, rules.  Whether choosing to sport a power suit or a relaxed look, lawyers should always dress to impress.

  • Take Pride in Your Look and Your Profession
    Take pride in your image as an attorney.  You’ve worked hard to earn that J.D.  Look the part.
  • Buy the Highest Quality Clothing You Can Afford
    Invest in a high-quality suits.  Avoid less expensive, trendier outfits. Classics will stand the test of time. You can always spice things up with accessories.
  • Ladies, Make Sure You’re Wearing the Right Foundations
    Consider the quintessential items that should go underneath; Undergarments. That includes everything from Bras and Camisoles to Control Tops and Body Shapers.  These often forgotten pieces can truly make or break your look.
  • Wear Colors that Flatter You
    Based on your hair color, eye color and skin tone, some colors will naturally look better on you than others. Take the time to find out which colors flatter you most and build your wardrobe accordingly.
  • Find a Really Great Tailor
    Fit is paramount.  Ill-fitted clothes look cheap no matter how much they cost. Get referrals from the well-dressed people at your firm.
  • Find a Good Dry Cleaners, Too
    Ask your fashionable friends who they use and try different ones before making a decision.
  • Wear Jewelry Judiciously
    Tasteful accessories and jewelry can add interest to any outfit. A classic, but understated watch is a most. 
  • Stay Light on Perfume and Cologne
    Like jewelry, too much of a good thing is not a good thing at all. Think about how you reacted the last time you were trapped in an elevator with someone wearing way too much cheap perfume. Don’t let that be you!
  • It’s Better to Overdress than Underdress
    Nobody will fault you if you dress too nicely. And you can always “dress down” if you feel overdressed in a particular situation.

Check out these videos to help you put together a powerful look.

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Michelle Obama Style – Total Win for Chinese President’s U.S. Visit

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

FLOTUS Michelle Obama looking stunning!

Regardless of what Designer Oscar de la Renta thinks — discussed in detail below — first Lady Michelle Obama flexed her style muscle this week.  During Chinese President Hu Jintao’s  U.S. visit, Mrs. Obama gave us two very different but equally stunning head-to-toe looks, with flawless hair and makeup to match.

Day Look

Serbian-born designer Roksanda Ilincic created Mrs. Obama’s day look, a navy-blue dress embellished with gunmetal and silver latticework-and-roses embroidery and matching top-coat. Completing the look, FLOTUS wore over-the-knee black suede boots, adding just the right amount of pop with red patent leather gloves.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao prior to a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Hu met in the Oval Office earlier in the day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Red patent leather gloves give that special "pop of color" Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Evening Look

For the White House State dinner, Mrs. Obama wore an Alexander McQueen sleeveless, petal-print silk organza gown. Created by Sarah Burton who succeeded McQueen following his death, the off-one-shoulder frock, done in a warm red – a color which symbolizes happiness and prosperity in Chinese culture – featured an asymmetrical neckline and a full skirt that complimented the First Lady’s silhouette.  To complete the look, First Lady O wore a fringed shawl and sported an elegant updo hairstyle, perfect for displaying her one-of-a-kind black geode and ruby Kimberly McDonald earrings.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao prior to a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Hu met in the Oval Office earlier in the day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama looking at First Lady Michelle Obama as if she's going to be dessert after this State dinner. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) as first lady Michelle Obama looks on as they pose for the official photo at the Grand Staircase of the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is hosting a state dinner for Hu this evening. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fashion Notables in the House

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine, attended the State dinner, accompanied by her companion Shelby Bryan. The two made a striking and imposingly good looking couple.

Fashion designer Vera Wang also appeared with her husband, successful businessman Arthur Becker. And speaking of Vera Wang, some fashion critiques felt a celebration for a Chinese president, with a further focus on promoting American-Chinese trade, warranted attire spotlighting the creativity of China or an American designer with a familial Chinese connection   Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta publicly criticized the FLOTUS’  choice to wear two British-based designers.  de la Renta told WWD “My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade – American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?”   de la Renta has dressed every First Lady in the past 30 years except Mrs. Obama.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Anna Wintour (R), editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine, and Shelby Bryan (L) arrive at the White House for a state dinner 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting resident Hu Jintao for a state dinner during his visit to the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Fashion designer Vera Wang and Arthur Becker arrive at the White House for a state dinner 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting resident Hu Jintao for a state dinner during his visit to the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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Top Five Reasons Men Need Color Consultations

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Contrary to what many men believe, a color consultation is not not a girly, “fru-fru” thing. To the contrary, having an image consultant analyzed your colors for maximum effect is one of the best investments on yourself you can make.  In a world where first impressions matter more than ever, wearing the wrong colors can be personally, professionally, physically and financially crippling.  Don’t believe it?  Keep reading.  We’ve listed five damaging affects associated with wearing the wrong colors.

  1. The wrong colors age you.  Wearing the wrong colors ages you without the gracefulness..  In a world where being young, intelligent, and yes, attractive affect your bottom line, the last thing you should want is a color next to your face that has you looking like an old-timer.
  2. The wrong colors give an unhealthy and ill appearance. Have you ever had a person ask you “Are you feeling okay? You look tired.”?  Perhaps you felt fine, but your stark-white shirt made your eyes appear to have dark circles.  Wearing the wrong color close to your face not only washes you out but drains color from your skin. Colors that are in harmony with your inherent coloring boost skin tone, brighten eyes and provide an overall healthier and positive look.
  3. The wrong colors will assassinate your image. Unlike women, men tend to wear colors whether they’re flattering or not.  Their logic: Like it; wear it.  While you may be applauding such boldness, there’s all types of wrong associated with this manner of thinking.  Consistently wearing unflattering colors takes away from you and your image. Poor color selections reduce your presence and your words. A boss or a potential employer may be missing your brilliance thanks to the brilliance of your shirt. Don’t allow poor hue choices kill your image. Wearing the right colors demonstrates your detail-oriented nature and boasts a polished and refined look.
  4. Not knowing your colors makes shopping time-consuming.  You’ve heard that time is a precious commodity. So why spend hours shopping for the right colored shirt only to get it wrong?   You’re saying, “No problem. I only buy white shirts.” News flash: All whites are not created equal. Choosing the wrong color white will make your teeth appear yellow and your eyes appear to darker. Knowing what colors suit you will cut your shopping time in half.
  5. “But that’s not what I intended to say.” Colors are more than the visual spectrum we see. Colors non-verbally communicate messages, which can be interpreted in defined ways, based on how the eye and mind perceive them. Black, for example, can mean serious, conventional and sophisticated, or sexy and mysterious. Additionally, colors by themselves create definite physical, psychological and cultural reactions; colors combined are even more compelling. Wearing the wrong color or color combination to a job interview or sales meeting can project an overall image of weak or, conversely, over aggression. Getting colors right is crucial when a specific message needs to be delivered.

Incorporating the right colors into your wardrobe is a sure-fire way to command attention and communicate style and confidence.  For a small investment, you will receive a huge return.

Obtaining a color assessment is easier than you think.  Thanks to technology, many color experts offer virtual color analyses, which provide the same accurate results as one-on-one consultations.  To find a color expert in your area, Google “image consultant” or “color consultant”, remembering to add your city and state within the keywords. Remember, when a peacock spreads it’s beautifully colored feathers it gains attention and admiration. Be the peacocks you were meant to be.

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Video- Five Fashion Trends for Fall 2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

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Fall is definitely near and a welcomed change from summer. Each “ber” month brings its own special element to fall fashion. September, with New York Fashion Week (NYFW), sets the tone; October suggests color palettes; November marks the beginning of the “dress to the nine” season and December tells us to “step up” our outerwear gear. In this video, The Colour Gurl shares her five favorite fall trends. Follow these trends, and you’ll make EVERYONE’S fashion “A” List.

Five Fashion Trend Favorites for 2010 – The Colour Gurl from The Colour Gurl on Vimeo.

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Fashion Proportion – Reveal

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Thanks to all who responded with comments to Monday’s post.  Congratulations to Lanette aka Amadi, winner of the T.J. Maxx gift certificate.

So here are my opinions of the three looks.

Elise Neal.  Love the color and the style works well on her figure.  The length, however, falls flat.  It too short to be long and too long to be short.   Also, I totally agree with reader Christina’s comment regarding Elise’s display of the girls.  It’s one thing to show decolletage; it’s quite another to offer a peep show.  Finally, Elise’s earrings, ring and shoes lack cohesiveness.  My Rating: 7

Elise Neal 2010 Silver Rose Gala

Taraji P. Henson.  This outfit works perfectly for the office, but not for a Beverly Hills gala.  The blouse’s red hue flatters the actress’ skin tone, but, once again, Taraji gets the skirt length wrong.  Her necklace, however, correctly stops at her second balance point*.  My Rating: 8

Taraji P Henson 2010 Silver Rose Gala

Alicia Keys:  Yes! Tightly fitted, as should be the case when wearing leather.  Still, it’s not too tight, as we see no fabric pulling across the hips.  As for the length.  Dead on!.  Love Alicia’s shoes and the toe cleavage.  Sexy.  Christina again nails it in her comment about Alicia’s hair.   Updos instantly bring elegance to a look.  Had she put her hair up to display a fabulous pair of earrings to play off her shoes, I probably would have given Alicia a ten.  My Rating:  9:5

Alicia Keys 2010 Silver Rose Gala

* Second Balance Point:  To find your second balance point, measure the distance between the widest part of your face to your chin.  Measure the same distance from your shoulder line to your chest.

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