Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: ‘Tis The Season: Dressing for the Office Party

With the holiday season just a few weeks away, many companies are starting to plan their annual office  festivities – which means, it’s time to set your office woes aside, come out from behind your desk and show some personality.  But letting loose a little doesn’t mean letting go—particularly when it comes to your wardrobe.  Your goal is to look savvy, sophisticated and festive, yet remain professional. The office party offers a chance to break out of your workaday rut and add some flair to your everyday ensemble.  With that said, remember that this is still a work function:  dress too sexy…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Working The Fall Trends

With the fall season looming just ahead of us, it’s a great time to reconsider your autumn/winter wardrobe for the office. The office dress-code prevailed during the fashion shows 2010. So, luckily, this season offers many trends which suit women who love to show off their powerful business woman character but still maintain that level of femininity which every woman needs. Here are five of my favorite fall trends to take to work this season:CamelCamel is one of those colors which suits the season perfectly because it‘s versatile and exudes warmth and understated sophistication.  Key pieces worth investing in include…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Peep-Toe Gate

 Recently, a non-lawyer friend who works in education asked my advice on what to wear for an upcoming interview.  She wanted to wear an outfit that was indicative of her professionalism and sincerity for the position, but she also wanted to showcase a bit of her personal style.  We were going back and forth, tossing around ideas when she said the unthinkable “It’s too hot, I don’t want to wear a suit.” WHAT?  Even in the blazing heat with the mercury nearing 150 degrees, lawyers must always, ALWAYS wear a suit to an interview. It’s not even an option. But…

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Mikki Collier

Couture At Law: From Work Hours to After Hours

The rising temperature is not the only thing that is sizzling hot right now! If you're like me, the increased mercury also means an increase in the events penciled in your social calendar. Since the arrival of the summer solstice, I've attended at least 2 after work events a week, with more scheduled to come! While it's exciting to have a fun-filled life beyond the strictures of the office clock, it DOES leave you with the dilemma of what to wear. How do you go from the office to an evening out without keeping a whole different wardrobe under your desk…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Working Your Summer Wardrobe

The unofficial start of summer has ushered in bright skies, glorious warm temps and a great excuse to bring a little sunshine into the office- sartorially speaking, of course! Finally, it's okay to throw off all those layers begrudgingly built to ward off old man winter and allow your skin to breathe a little, all while observing the bounds of appropriate office attire. There are a number of exciting ways to implement heat friendly looks into your professional wardrobe. Though office dress code varies, below are a few ways to beat the summer heat while maintaining a professional look in…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Interview with Jennaydra Clunis, Esq.

Since beginning this journey of trying to introduce my sisters-in-law to the idea of incorporating a little bit of fashion into their otherwise functional work wardrobes, the biggest objection I’ve received relates to time.  “I want to present a more polished, stylish image,” says some of my colleagues (who shall momentarily remain nameless), “but I simply do not have the time. I’m too busy working to worry about my wardrobe.”  As a busy attorney myself, I understand that the demands of the profession leave little time for something as seemingly unimportant as how we are dressed.  Before you throw your hands…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Accessory Report

So many women attorneys allow themselves to fall into a wardrobe rut (insert the term 'frumpy attorney' here). Day after day, they drag themselves to work wearing the same old tired clothes without care or concern for their appearance . For some, the daily demands of the profession do not allow for the time or mental space necessary to put towards creating a stylish outfit. For others, the thought of putting together a look that is both chic and conservative is daunting, so they simply give up . But consider this, in today's ultra-competitive environment, advancing in the profession is…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-At-Law: Exquisite Wardrobe Essentials

Now that you have successfully landed the job - thanks in part to your outstanding choice of interview attire- it is time to put thought into building a professional, polished, and sophisticated work wardrobe that will reflect your sound judgment and ESQuisite personal taste. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a law student intern, the key to creating a work wardrobe is to build a foundation using classic, versatile, and functional pieces that will convey the desired image for your workplace.First to consider is dress code appropriateness. Appropriate attire depends on client interaction and the responsibilities at hand. Take…

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Mikki Collier

Couture-at-Law: How To Dress for Success on an Interview

Ed. note: Couture-at-law appears as part of Ms. JD's Writers in Residence publications. Every day we will be featuring content from our WIR's monthly columns. More information about the WIR and the 2010 WIR posts is available here. We have all heard the warning: "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." No where is this statement more applicable than when interviewing for a job. Regardless of how stellar your credentials are, the first judgment a potential employer makes is going to be based on the image you present. Therefore, you want to wear an outfit that…

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