Professional Dress for Male Paralegals

Last February I did a post on the dearth of fashion advice for male paralegals. Not long after , I accepted an invitation to connect on LinkedIn from the LinkedIn group – “Well-dressed Professionals” and posted about that here. Today, Vicki Voisin, The Paralegal Mentor, posted an email from one of her readers, Todd R. Noebel, SPHR Manager, Professional Support Services, with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia entitled, “10 Wardrobe Must-Haves For Men.” The list is a good one:

1. Tailored Suit
2. At least 2 Freshly Pressed White Shirts
3. Comfortable, dress shoes
4. Blazer/Sport Coat
5. High quality briefcase/laptop bag in good repair
6. Sweater
7. Gray dress pants
8. High Quality Leather Belt – Black, cordovan and dark brown.
9. A Silk Tie
10. A Watch

The reasoning and further descriptions are available at Vicki’s website which you can reach by clicking here.

I actually made it through the last few years of my full-time legal career without the white shirts, but I practiced in Maine. They are indeed de rigor in many locations. Now I have the luxury of not having to wear a watch – there seems to be digital time displays everywhere and I have my cell phone chronometer to fill in the gaps.

So check out this list. Also, do use the advice from both my book, href=”″>The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient, and Professional, and from Vicki and Charlsye’s book, The Professional Paralegal: A Guide to Finding a Job and Career Success

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