Fun + Lifestyle

Get Help with Your Legal Wardrobe: For the Ladies

  • Let professional stylists help you construct your work wardrobe
  • Online stylists like M.M. Lafleur and Trunk Club help you find stylish, work-appropriate pieces—and you don’t need to spend a bunch of time shopping!
  • Have a stylish friend go through your closet and make some recommendations

No one knows better than lawyers how important it is to have an educated, experienced professional when you need help with something specific.

Lawyers also know how crucial it is to make the right impression in front of clients, judges, juries, and even colleagues. Dressing the part is step one.

Lawyers may be intelligent and skilled in a lot of areas, but no one is good at everything. Fashion doesn’t come easy to every woman, no matter how often we’re made to feel as if it should—and of course, we don’t all love shopping. Most lawyers barely have time to shop for groceries, much less try on piles of clothing to find a few appropriate work pieces that fit, flatter, and don’t break the budget. Luckily, just as we can shop for groceries online, we can get quality workwear online, too—with the help of a professional stylist to make sure we end up with exactly what we need, and, of course, that we look fabulous.

M.M. Lafleur

You can use M.M. Lafleur however often or how little you like. They focus specifically on their own brand of classic workwear, which is exactly what lawyers need. You complete a questionnaire and can even chat with a stylist if you have questions or fit concerns. The stylist puts together an M.M. Lafleur Bento Box, which consists of four to six pieces of clothing and accessories that correspond to your likes and dislikes. You keep what you want and send back the rest; you can also simply shop their site a la carte if you prefer. There are physical M.M. Lafleur locations in several cities including New York, Boston, and Atlanta, where you can take advantage of complimentary styling sessions and actually try things on. This service is great for women of all ages.

Trunk Club

Trunk Club dresses both men and women, and offers Nordstrom clothing, shoes, and accessories brands at a discount. You’ll complete your style profile and chat with a stylist who will create a trunk of ten pieces for you. You’ll preview their choices and your trunk will be sent out after you amend or approve the pieces. You can use the service whenever you like or set up a regular delivery schedule. Trunk Club is easy on the budget, and includes casual and dressy clothing if you’re looking for more than just workwear. Like M.M. Lafleur, you can schedule an in-person styling appointment at locations in several cities.

Nora Gardner

Nora Gardner is another workwear-focused site that allows you to shop a la carte or have a stylist select looks based on your answers to a questionnaire. The NG Style Box contains four to six pieces and just like the others, you pay for only what you keep. You can also book a personal styling appointment at their New York location. Nora Gardner provides body-conscious, work-appropriate looks with a few bolder color choices thrown in among the usual black, gray, and navy blue.

The beauty of working with stylists is not only that they choose things based on your likes, dislikes, and specifications, but they can help you create a signature look. Once you have a decent amount of quality pieces and professional advice on what to pair them with, you’ll better understand what works and how to incorporate those pieces into your existing work wardrobe. Another helpful hint: Invite a stylish friend whose opinions you respect and trust to go through your closet and make some recommendations. She’ll likely have outfit ideas you wouldn’t think of yourself, and will already know what looks good on you.