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What Dress Is Best? Tips for professional attire By Fashion Enthusiasts Jeremy Evans and Christine Pangan

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here are no continuing legal education courses on what to wear. Comedian George Gobel once told an old joke for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show: “Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?” The following is a bit of our guidance on professional dress for attorneys (so you can avoid feeling like that "pair of brown shoes"). The Men's Department by Jeremy Evans We learn fashion tips through experience and the quicker you start wearing a suit or professional attire, the more likely you will be to recognize what goes and what does not. Here are some tips for men when dressing professionally:

In All Circumstances Do match your belt to the color of your shoes.

suit, but a lighter shade of gray suit should go with brown shoes, while a darker shade of gray suit should go with black shoes. Your socks should match the color of your suit pants or they should be a shade darker. Feel free to take some liberty with colorful socks, especially if it matches your pocket square. Use discretion depending on the occasion, and confidence (see more below).

Don’t wear brown shoes and a blackcolored anything.

Never wear white socks of any type (cotton or nylon) with a suit or anything other than sneakers in the gym.

Don’t wear black shoes with a tan or browncolored anything.

Don’t wear ankle socks with professional attire, ever.

Formal Wear

If your suit has a pocket, use it. Pocket squares and suit flowers are amazing accessories to a suit or sport coat. Try to find ties that match some color of the pocket square or lines of the coat. Most tailors have suit pocket openers, or you can

Black or brown shoes look great with a navy or blue suit, but some men may prefer brown shoes for style purposes. You may also wear black or brown shoes with a gray 28 SAN DIEGO LAWYER January/February 2018

very carefully use a sharp knife to cut the string. White dress shirts are preferable for court — always wear collar stays. Personal touch: Go with a French cuff-style shirt and grab some stylish cuff links. Save money. Typically you only need to take your suits to the dry cleaner once or twice a year unless you spill something on it. Look fresh, always. Remember to take your coat off when entering a vehicle or sitting down at work to avoid wrinkles

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