What to Wear to Court
When preparing for an appearance in court, you need to be concerned about more than just what you’ll say or how you’ll behave in court. You need to think about how to dress for court as well.
The style of clothing you choose, as well as your choice of colors, can make a significant impact on how the judge and jury perceive you. Be sure to consider the following tips when choosing what to wear before stepping through the courthouse doors.
Recommendations for Men
For men, the key is to look as neat and professional as possible. Therefore, if you have one, put on your best business suit. If not, go with a long-sleeved dress shirt, clean and pressed slacks, and a professional-looking blazer.
Remove earrings, conceal tattoos, limit your jewelry to a watch and your wedding ring. You should also keep your hair trimmed short, make sure it is a natural color, and either shave or trim your facial hair to be short and neat. You will also want to apply deodorant and possibly a modest amount of cologne.
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Recommendations for Women
As with most wardrobe issues, the answer is a bit more complicated when considering what a woman, as opposed to a man, should wear to court. However, the same idea remains central: go professional and conservative.
That means choosing a professional, modest-looking dress, a pantsuit, a long skirt with a professional blouse, or slacks and a modest sweater. Being modest is very important. Be as conservative as possible when choosing an outfit.
Best Color to Wear to Court
Beyond these wardrobe basics, there’s a bit more to consider when deciding what to wear to court. For instance, there is evidence that should influence the colors and patterns you choose for your outfit.
The best color to wear to court is probably navy blue or dark gray. These colors suggest seriousness. At the same time, they do not come with the negative connotations that are often associated with the color black (for instance, some people associate black with evil, coldness, and darkness).
Avoid bright colors and patterns because they tend to be distracting in a professional setting. The basic rule is to select traditional, uncontroversial professional colors that look serious and don’t draw the eye.
What Not to Wear to Court
It may be easier to highlight what not to wear to court instead of directing individuals to what is best. In general, avoid anything that looks casual, unserious, or unkempt. This includes:
- Short skirts
- Flip flops
- High heels
- Revealing clothes
- Tight clothes
- Dirty, disheveled, or ripped clothing
When choosing that courtroom outfit, be sure you avoid anything you’d wear to the beach, to a picnic, or when doing yard work, for example
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