Out of office // Precedent Style

How to look like a professional, even in your downtime

By Precedent

On Monday September 12th, 2011


drinksInside the four walls of the office lies sartorial safety — suit jackets, ties, pencil skirts. These staples make getting dressed in the morning a snap. But figuring out what to wear for everything else? Now that’s a challenge. We combed the fall collections to dress two young lawyers: Laura Baron, an associate at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, and Jonathan Davey, counsel in the Aboriginal law division of the Department of Justice. Here’s how to look like a professional — even in your downtime
Photography by Richard Sibbald
Styling by Jacquie Lee
Hair & makeup by Elena Pacienza

After work drinks


Keep the suit, but change the shirt and tie. Nothing says “off-the-clock” more than a pop of colour or a contemporary pattern like polka dots, a hot fall trend. Avoid graphic ties — art prints or branded logos are best left to insurance salesmen.

Shirt: Boss Black, $185
Tie: Drakes London, $140
Suit: Boss Black, $1,200
Pocket Square: Dion, $85
(all of the above available at Harry Rosen)
Shoes: Zara, $110
Belt: Gotstyle, $125

A ruched dress is every woman’s dream: the tight fit shows off a firm body and the ruching flatters most figures. Swap the black office heels for a pair of animal print stilettos — perfect for dangling from a barstool.

Dress: Club Monaco, $150
Jacket: Zara, $90
Shoes: Zara, $100

Weekend away


Keep it easy when you’re travelling and opt for a jersey dress. Jersey isn’t just for Ts — look for one with some synthetic elements (in polyester, polyamide or viscose) to ensure it’s wrinkle-free. We paired Laura’s jersey dress with a jersey blazer that can double as a pillow during the flight. Dust it off when you land and you’re ready to go!

Dress: Banana Republic, $155
Blazer: Zara, $100
Belt: Zara, $40
Necklace: Ralph Lauren,
available at The Bay, $70
Shoes: Nine West, $130
Shoulder Bag: Nine West, $100
Luggage: Rimowa, $475

On the 7am flight


A navy suit is a staple for any man. Pack a tie into your carry-on luggage, and hang your jacket until you land to maximize comfort and ensure you are wrinkle-free when you deplane. A classic briefcase is a solid investment. Go for brown or black — a hard leather case is dressier, while a soft briefcase is more casual. Don’t be afraid of a little bling, but keep it functional with high polish hardware in the way of buckles and feet.

Shirt: H&M, $50
Suit: Boss Black, available
at Harry Rosen, $1,000
Shoes: Aldo, $100
Briefcase: Offermann, available
at Taschen!, $2,500
Watch: Rado, $1,700
Glasses: Paul Smith, available
at Josephson Opticians, $280
Pocket Square: Harry Rosen, $75

Shopping spree


Ditch your cross trainers and throw on a pair of modern leather hightops this fall. They’re more durable than the canvas Chuck Taylors of the past, and they’re more comfortable for a day of shopping. The bold can wear these with a slim fitting suit for a night out. Other shoes to consider this fall: Desert boots; any shoe with a monk strap; a clean leather boot; and you can’t go wrong with a great wingtip.

Cardigan: Banana Republic, $185
T-shirt: Fortunate Son,
available at Gotstyle, $60
Pants: Gap, $60
Sunglasses: Mykita, available at
Josephson Opticians, $485
Shoes: Pony, available at
Gotstyle, $125

Coffee talk


Think in colour! Don’t be afraid to experiment with a coloured pant. Always pair bright colours or prints with neutrals for a crisp look. We love this scarf by Canadian brother and sister design team Juma. It ties the colours together and draws attention to the face.

Tank: H&M, $7
Cardigan: Club Monaco, $190
Pants: Gap, $70
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, available
at Nine West, $220
Necklace: Club Monaco, $50
Scarf: Juma, available at
Gotstyle, $175
Earrings: Model’s own

The dinner guest


Light layers add style, but bulk up your frame. Fit is key: the closer the garment is to the body, the more fitted it should be. Add depth by incorpor- ating different textures like cashmere, cotton and a fitted blazer. Layers should fall in the same colour family (think greyscale) or contrast — just make sure they have the same level of intensity, like the bold blue and orange on Laura.

Shirt: Gap, $65
Sweater: Banana Republic, $75
Blazer: H&M, $50
Pants: Banana Republic, $95
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, available
at Feet First, $140

Date night


Real men wear bow ties — but never the clip-on variety. Quirky and whimsical, the only rule when wearing a bow tie is not to take yourself too seriously. Not man enough to pull it off? Skinny or woven ties are also fun without as much impact.

Shirt: Eterna, $150
Sweater: Sand, $185
Bow tie: Denisonboston, $95
(All of the above available at Gotstyle)
Jeans: Gap, $80
Shoes: Sperry, $100

About our models

Jonathan Davey
Called to the bar in 2009
A member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Jonathan Davey’s fierce belief in public service is what led him to work as counsel in the Aboriginal law division of the Department of Justice. It’s also why he spent this summer at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick training as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment). Next fall, he’s off to Cornell University to do a Master’s in Public Administration.

Laura Baron

Called to the bar in 2009
As events director and one of the founding members of Young Women in Law, Baron knows how to throw a good party. A civil litigator at Faskens, she loves that every day at work is different. Off the clock, she nourishes her inner foodie, cooking elaborate meals for friends.

Web exclusive: Behind the scenes at the photo shoot