The CBB hallways may as well be a New York Fashion Week runway with the outfits our summer students have been pulling out. Fashion is a way to show off your personality, and a work dress code doesn’t have to limit that expression. Whether it’s rocking a tailored suit or a dress and blazer, the CBB students have definitely mastered the art of dressing for success.
Zach Zittel – Bold and Trendy
How would you describe your style? That’s a very abstract question. I like to see my style as an expression of my personality.
Tips on dressing for the job? Don’t be shy. Wear something you’re comfortable in, but you shouldn’t be afraid to take risks. It’s easier to start out a little more conservative and then ease into some more bold choices.
Thoughts on casual Friday? I think it’s great. I’m not the biggest supporter/fan of such a formal work look, I think the legal industry is edging towards a more casual look. Casual gets a bad rep, but it’s actually really great for self-expression. You can be business-casual and still maintain a professional look.
Where do you like to shop for work? I have two suits I got made in Vietnam, and those are a solid foundation to work with. I get a variation of shirts from Club Monaco, J. Crew, Harry Rosen, and Muji.
Spencer Green – Big and Tall
How would you describe your style? Generally, I’m a big proponent of athleisure. I am almost always rocking at least one article of raptors gear (*journalist fact check – Spencer has been a Raptors fan long before the recent win), the second I leave the office, I throw on a raps sweater. What about at work? I keep it simple at work. I like to funk it up with my tie or socks – I’m a big funky socks guy.
Who is your style inspiration? I don’t have one – I just do me, I’m my own style inspiration.
Where do you like to shop for work? Suit Supply because they have a great big and tall section, and I am both big and tall. Banana republic has a great tall section too.
Comfort or style? No doubt about it, comfort. It’s so easy to find things that are comfortable and stylish. You’ve got to feel comfortable at work to do be able to sit down and get your work done. Being confident in yourself requires you to be comfortable with yourself, and that starts with what you’re wearing.
Simone Dreskler – Queen of Minimalism
How would you describe your style? Grab and go – all about easy, no-brainer mornings, so I try to get lots of neutrals that match each other.
Heels or flats? One-two inch block heel – just as comfortable as flats and feel a little more put together (even if it’s just an illusion).
Best accessory for a work outfit? Pockets!
When you’re not at work, you can be found in … Jeans and a t-shirt.
How would you describe your style? I wear what feeds my confidence. Few days call for suits, some days call for dresses, and other days I’ll wear a skirt and blouse.
Tips on dressing for the job? Don’t feel forced to wear the “typical work outfit” (or colours), whatever those are anyways. You can still be professional while shining in your personal style!
Number one fashion no-no? Wearing heels you can’t walk in.
Best dressed CBB employee? Peter Sullivan.
The general consensus seems to be keeping it comfortable – whether you like to rock a bold pattern to reflect your personality, or keep it simple and throw on the first thing you pull out of your closet. When shopping for work clothes, make sure the clothes you choose fit properly and can easily integrate with the rest of your wardrobe. You should always keep a spare shirt and blazer in your office – you never want to feel panicked if you get called into a last minute meeting with a client or accidentally spill coffee on your shirt. Cassels may be a law firm, but there’s no fashion police to be scared of.