Landing your first role at a law firm is an exciting period in any lawyer’s life. There’s a lot to learn, there will be a lot of people depending on you, and if you play your cards right, there’s a rewarding lifelong career to be had (no pressure, then!). To add to this already full plate of considerations, you must now also pay attention to your attire and your overall presentability. Why? Because clients expect a certain professional look when dealing with law firms. This means you must fit that look or risk losing clients.
Everybody knows to wear a fitted suit for law careers, but what about glasses? People who must wear glasses have the extra task of choosing the right pair to match their role (we found some good examples at EyeBuyDirect). Let’s explore some of the things that you should bear in mind when choosing your next pair of glasses for the law office.
Classic ‘office’ styles – you can’t go wrong
What is a classic office style? Well, the answer is that, in fact, there is not one classic office style that will suit everybody. The variable that helps decide which so-called classic style will suit you best, is you. Specifically, the shape of your face and your personality:
If you have a rounded face, you should perhaps avoid rounded frames. This is because too many curves can make your head look rounder and softer and less authoritative than it needs to look. Instead, choose rectangular glasses to contrast the natural contours of your face shape and give some much needed definition.
If your face is more angular, rounded glasses can take the edge off your look. This can be especially useful in cases of matching your glasses to your face shape in the law office, where you may wish to soften your look if you are dealing with families or young children or anybody who has experienced a stressful situation.
When we talk about matching your personality to your glasses, what we really mean in matching the height and width of your lenses and the thickness of the frames to your persona. Big personality? You can probably get away with slightly larger lenses and a slightly thicker frame. More pensive? A thinner choice of frames may suit you better.
What about frame colour?
This is a tricky question to answer because careers in law have so many facets that not all lawyers can be treated as a singular entity. Going back to the example of working with families, there is nothing wrong with choosing a soft colour such as green or yellow or orange when faced with working with children or young adults. This can help to relax the atmosphere. However, the same cannot be said when dealing with a more mature audience, who may expect a more typical approach – aim for black, brown, or silver rims where your clients are expected to be above the age of around 30. To this end, you may find it useful to own multiple pairs of glasses if you work with varying age groups – your eyewear makes more of an impact than you’d think.