Gig: The Robinson Bradshaw attorney leads the nonprofit organizations and foundations practice group.
One key: “At not quite 5-foot-2-inches, wearing shoes with a substantial heel helps me claim space in the room.”
Overview: Diminutive but formidable. A powerhouse lawyer at one of Charlotte’s blue-chip firms. Honors graduate of the University of California-Berkeley with a law degree at Georgetown.
Serves on the boards of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation and Goodwill Industries and chairs the Discovery Place board. A founding director of the Women’s Impact Fund, a grantmaking collective that has given away more than $3.7 million since 2003.
A busy wife and mother of two with a crisp and tailored style. She puts thought into her wardrobe without overthinking it.
Style strategy: Keep it simple.
▪ “My wardrobe is consistent. Most days, you will find me wearing a sleeveless dress with classic, clean lines. Feminine but professional.”
▪ “Simplify. One reason I prefer dresses is because you never are left searching for a coordinating item.”
▪ “All my clothes are comfortable, but my shoes – not so much.”
Style evolution: “When I first joined Robinson Bradshaw, my wardrobe was mostly black – consistent with the uniform of New York City, where I practiced law in the late 1990s. Over time, I have embraced more and more color.”
What matters more than fashion: “As attorneys, what matters is our experience and expertise used to achieve great results for our clients.”
But Bailey will put careful thought into what she wears when she’s an expert witness in lawsuits. “Jurors are required to make judgments about credibility in a moment,” she said.
Where she shops most: J.T. Posh and the Neiman Marcus sale rack.
Work/life (wardrobe) balance: “There’s not much in my closet between my work attire and yoga clothes. I feel so blessed to live one authentic life – personal and professional. My wardrobe is no exception.”
Advice: “A warm smile is always the best accessory. If you are comfortable and confident, others will be, too.”