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Michael Christian

Michael Christian is a former trial attorney and president of Manhattan Makeovers, which conducts research about effective attire for professionals. Writing as William Cane he is the author of eleven books. His firm provides image consultations and makeovers for attorneys from all over the world in their New York and Los Angeles offices.

Can Drinking Coffee Really<br> Improve Your Writing?

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Forgive me, but I’m laughing so hard I can hardly write this. I just saw the results of a Dunkin’ Donuts survey of 4,700 U.S. professionals and learned that writers […]


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Don’t worry, I’m not going to drop any names, but I was at a little soirée on Madison Avenue recently, hosted by a celebrity physician, and to my surprise the […]

The Future of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests

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“It can’t be true!” I was on the phone with my mother, and she was on the verge of tears. “Relax,” I said. “It’s not the end of the world.” […]


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Wearing black is more than a fashion statement. In fact, black sport coats and suits can help, and in some cases significantly hurt, your professional image. This article explains when […]

Are You Ready for A Male Makeover?

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One of my clients is a corporate attorney who likes modeling his wardrobe on outfits worn by Matt Damon and Tom Cruise. You might think that this is a mistake […]

How To Dress For Power

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HOW TO DRESS FOR POWER When I was in law school people thought I was crazy. I always wore a jacket and tie and often a suit. Even for exams, […]

How To Build A Designer<br> Wardrobe On The Cheap

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I know a salesman in Manhattan who acts like an undercover agent. He’s just about the opposite of what you expect from a person who’s supposed to be selling you […]

Selecting The Right <br>Eyeglasses For Attorneys

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Selecting The Right Eyeglasses For Attorneys Clarence Darrow wore eyeglasses for reading but always took them off when being photographed. In even the sharpest minds, vanity dies hard. Ironically, he […]

How To Avoid Wardrobe Color Mistakes

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When I was nine I got into a phase where I used to wear black all the time. It was my favorite color: black shirts, black pants, black socks, even […]

Subliminal Aspects Of Men’s Ties

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When I was in graduate school I used to do some pretty embarrassing things in an attempt to get good grades. In fact, I would try virtually anything to get […]

Women’s Shoe Color Mistakes

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“Fuchsia,” Katy says. She’s pointing to a $150 pair of sneakers. “Those are the ones I want!” Katy is only nine years old but she’s already possessed of a larger […]

The Importance of Posture To Your Practice

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French people have a greater sensitivity to posture than Americans, according to Edward T. Hall, the cultural anthropologist who devoted his life to studying personal space. What this means for […]

Understanding Hair Color For Female Professionals

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“Eight thirteen.” “Not eight thirty-four?” “No, eight thirteen.” Our hairstylist was having a conversation with his associate, a professional makeup artist, and I was standing nearby, totally baffled. Although I […]

Women’s Shoe Styles For Work & Play

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Shoes! . . . everywhere shoes! Leather shoes, slingback heels, Michael Kors ankle boots. Shoes in storefront windows – dangling displays of pumps, collections of eye candy, foot candy . […]

Looking Good is Good for Business

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Fred gets up at eight o’clock in the morning and decides to skip breakfast because he feels energetic enough to focus on what he has to do at the law […]

The Importance of a Woman’s Image in the Workplace

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, if you are a professional—like a CPA, investment counselor, or attorney—you are going to be judged on the basis of […]