Bri Jones, Founder, Lawyers' Fashion
Bri is the founder of Lawyer's Fashion and a former Lawyer in Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District) - she has recently decided to resign from this role to pursue a different career path. She started the corporate fashion blog in 2014, whilst working full time and from the very beginning, she wanted to create a page that was aspirational yet attainable.
About Bri and Lawyers' Fashion
Tell us a little bit about you and your background
My name is Bri Jones and I am the founder and content creator of Lawyers’ Fashion. I started Lawyers Fashion in 2014 whilst working full time as a Lawyer in Sydney, Australia.
At University I studied a double degree of Creative Arts and Law. Whilst I decided to pursue a career in Law, subconsciously, I have always looked for ways to be creative. I have always loved fashion – it’s ability to instantly express a bit about myself as an unspoken language. I must admit that when I first started working, I was not looking forward to the daily work uniform, but I quickly found that there are ways to express your own personal style whilst wearing a professional outfit. Lawyers’ Fashion quickly became my creative outlet to my 9 to 5 job and my absolute passion!
Tell us about Lawyers' Fashion and how it all started.
The idea for Lawyers’ Fashion evolved on a sick day when I was lying in bed looking for inspiration on what to wear to work. I realised there wasn’t anything on Instagram in Australia to provide me or others with work wear content. From the very beginning, I wanted to create a page that was aspirational yet attainable. Before too long, I had brands approaching me to feature their clothing and create content for them and I haven’t looked back since! I feel very privileged to work with many of my favourite brands.
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What is your day job and how did you get into it?
Up until last year, I worked full time as a Lawyer in Sydney’s CBD. I worked in the legal industry for a total of 8 years, primarily in Family Law. What I enjoyed most about Family Law was my ability to help people in a very difficult period of their life. I tried to make it as pleasant and easy as possible. I met some amazing people and learnt a lot.
In June 2018, after a tremendous amount of consideration, I decided to resign from this role to pursue a different career path. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make but I knew that I wanted to try something new. I’d thrown myself into Law for 8 years, studied my Masters of Law and started a blog around corporate fashion so it certainly wasn’t a decision I made lightly.
I am excited to share that I have secured a new job in a different field (which I’ll share with everyone in due course) and I am thrilled to start this new chapter. Stay tuned!
Tell us more about your journey. What is your day like?
As a Lawyer I worked long hours so I had to be organised to fit in time for my Instagram blog. Typically, my day starts with coffee and catching a ferry to work in the CBD. My Husband and I often shoot before work in the streets of the city. I edit the photos in my lunch break or after work. On some occasions I attend events on my lunch break.
I perform all aspects of my blog - I am the face of Lawyers’ Fashion, perform the photo editing, copywriter, stylist, I built and maintain my website and do all communication with brands and followers. Since transitioning out of Law, I have had more time to pursue blogging which has been amazing.
What is the one thing you believe has helped you succeed and what advice would you give to someone wanting to do the same job?
I believe Family Law is one of the hardest areas of Law because you are dealing with high levels of emotion and litigation deadlines. To succeed I think it is important that you have empathy balanced with objectivity and of course thorough understanding of the legislation. It is also vital that you learn to ‘switch off’ when you leave the office and make time to look after yourself. It may sound cliché but if you don’t make time to care for yourself, then you can’t look after others. Health and wellbeing is everything.
What makes you feel powerful, where do you get your motivation and who inspires you?
For me, knowledge is definitely power. But dressing well makes me feel great! I love learning (continuous education) and meeting new people. I love listening to new podcasts for motivation – my favourite podcast at the moment is ‘Seize the Yay’by Sarah Holloway (who is a former lawyer turned ‘funtrepreneur’). I love Sarah’s outlook on life! Otherwise, my Husband and family continuously motivate me to be a better version of myself.
What is one book you'd suggest people read?
To be honest, I am not much of a reader! As I did lots of much reading in Law I much prefer looking at images. However, I just started reading ‘Winging it’by Business Chicks founder Emma Isaacs and I love it! I also recently read an e-book by Anna Lozynski called ‘Legally Innovative: How to Maximise your Legal W.O.W’ and it was fabulous. A must read for any Lawyers.
How would you describe your business style?
Classic with a modern twist. I like to showcase classic pieces with an attention to detail to create an elevated workwear minimalist wardrobe.
What advice would you give those dressing for a job?
If you have the right basics, you can dress them up or down suitable for any work environment. I have a few principle philosophies when dressing for work that are: classic with a modern twist, quality and versatility.
What trends do you like to wear in the corporate fashion space?
I am not really trend driven, but I like updating my classic suits with a gorgeous on trend bag, pair of heels or pair of earrings. I also love a touch of leopard print, which is very on trend at the moment.