What Kind of Clothing Should a Female Law Student Wear?

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    What Kind of Clothing Should a Female Law Student Wear?

    Unless a school has a dress code, female law students likely will wear the same type of clothing they wore while working on their undergraduate degrees. However, you still should dress smartly. Avoid tight or revealing clothing, as well as worn out clothes and shoes. Be prepared to dress professionally for presentations, interviews and events where you will be representing your school.

    A female law student should wear professional attire when representing her school. (young lawyer image by Alexey Stiop from Fotolia.com)

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    Looking the Part

    Whether you're participating in a mock trial or speaking during class, you should look your best. Keep at least one suit in your closet for occasions that require professional attire. Avoid trends--choose a suit that still will look good five years from now. "For attorneys, a nice conservative suit is the required uniform," according to TheFrugalLawStudent.com. "If you haven't started law school yet, you'll want to include a new suit in your list of back-to-school supplies. You'll not only need it for job interviews, but if you plan on taking part in moot court, you'll have to wear one, too."

    Avoid low-cut blouses when choosing a suit. (lovely business lady 8 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

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    Colour and Fit

    The colour of a suit, and how well it fits, often are factors people overlook. If you choose a suit that does not fit well, it won't look good (see Resources). You may have to buy a suit and have it altered, or order a custom-made suit. "The only acceptable attire is a formal suit for both men and women, well-fitted and in a conservative colour," according to IvyLeagueAdmission.com. Choose a traditional colour, and try to stick to a monochromatic colour scheme. Select suits in colours that flatter your skin tone. For instance, avoid black suits if you have very pale skin--grey or blue may be a more flattering colour.

    Choose suits in conservative colours. (professional woman image by nutech21 from Fotolia.com)

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    Skirted Suits

    The skirted suit is a great choice for female law students. "Start with a skirted suit or pants suit for the most conservative look," according to The Sideroad's Lydia Ramsey, a business etiquette expert. "A skirted suit is the most professional." Choose a classy skirt--either A-line or pencil style--cut just below the knee. Pair your skirt with a tailored jacket or blazer in the same colour and style. Select a blouse or collared shirt that complements your skirt and jacket.

    A skirted suit is the most professional choice for women. (blonde in black suit on white background image by Andrey Chmelyov from Fotolia.com)

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    If you wear a pantsuit, choose wide-leg trousers. "These will be one of the most versatile items in your work wardrobe, so stick to neutral colours (navy, khaki, chocolate brown, grey) and simple finishes," according to Glamour.com. To save money and increase your wardrobe options, select a jacket that matches a skirt and pair of trousers you already own.

    A pantsuit (female looking away on mobile in suit image by David Winwood from Fotolia.com)

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    Shoes and Accessories

    Keep your accessories to a minimum. Stay away from chunky, flashy jewellery and oversized bags. As with suits, it's best to choose conservative and elegant accessories. Avoid shoes with oversized heels, as well as open-toed shoes. Choose classic pumps for a sophisticated, polished look. Shine your shoes to remove scuff marks.

    Pair your suit with classic, black pumps. (women in high heels image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com)

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