Going to court is a formal event. To make a good impression on a judge and a jury, you and your loved ones should dress appropriately for court. If you are a witness in the case or if you will be in the courtroom, you should also dress appropriately. Encourage your loved one to follow these five simple steps to make a good impression when they appear in court.

Remember that this is a Formal Occasion

Those going to court should wear their most formal attire. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed for court. While it isn’t necessary to buy new clothes, the following are good outfits to wear to court:

For men:

  • A full suit.
  • Dress shirt.
  • Tie.
  • Dress pants.
  • Dress socks.
  • Formal shoes.

For women:

  • A business suit.
  • Dress pants.
  • A nice blouse.
  • A nice dress.
  • A skirt.
  • Dressy flats or heels.

Dress Conservatively

Another tip to keep in mind is to dress conservatively and wear clothes that fit properly. You don’t want to wear dress pants that are too baggy, and you don’t want to wear a low-cut blouse. Make sure that your clothing is modest and simple – this style is best for a courtroom.

Make Sure Your are Well Groomed

It might be a good idea to get a nice haircut before going to court. Women can wear subtle, conservative makeup. Men should be clean-shaven or have neatly trimmed beards. Making sure that you appear neat and well groomed can add to your conservative, formal attire.

Wear Appropriate Jewelry 

Going along with conservative and formal dress, consider your jewelry. Make sure that jewelry or accessories are appropriate for court. You should consider wearing:

  • A watch.
  • Simple bracelets or necklaces.
  • Small stud earrings.
  • A wedding band or a plain ring.
  • Conservative makeup.

Stay clear of jewelry such as:

  • Many large bracelets that might make a lot of noise.
  • Hoop earrings or multiple earrings.
  • Nose, tongue, eyebrow rings, etc.
  • If you have tattoos, it is best to cover them with makeup or clothing.

Personal Affiliations

Don’t wear clothing or jewelry that reveal personal affiliations. A judge or jury can become biased based on these affiliations, and this can impact the outcome of the case. For example, you should not wear:

  • Class rings.
  • Fraternity or sorority rings.
  • Religious jewelry.

By following these tips, you and your loved one can properly prepare for court. Dressing appropriately will help you and your loved one feel confident. For more information on how to dress for court and how to act in court, you can contact my office.