Whether it’s a job interview or a first date, first impressions are
always important. This statement is especially true when it comes to the
Since the defendant typically never testifies at trial, the judge, jury,
and everyone else in the courtroom will scrutinize how you decide to present
yourself. It is important to show that (1) you respect the courtroom and
(2) that you are taking your case seriously. Not only does dressing appropriately
present the best image you can to the court, but it will help your attorney
in his or her representation on your behalf.
The following are basic ideas of what you should wear to the courthouse:
Dress conservatively – Wear something you would wear to a religious service, a wedding,
a formal social function, or at work. If you wear a uniform to work, it
is often fine to wear to court unless you are required to wear shorts.
Wear fitted clothes – If you have a gained some weight or lost a lot of it, please purchase
a new outfit for your court appearance.
Avoid lighter/brighter colors – Brighter and lighter colored clothing are not viewed as being serious
or formal in nature. Additionally, you should avoid wearing dark black
since it gives off an impression of high authority and dominance.
Be clean – Just like your clothes, hygiene is of utmost importance. Do not
look dirty or unshaven. Do not come into the courtroom smelling like cigarettes,
alcohol, or marijuana. Use a conservative amount of cologne or perfume.
What Men Should Wear
Men should wear a suit and tie to their first appearance. If you do not
have a suit, you have the option of wearing a sports coat along with a
long-sleeved, button-down shirt with a collar and long pants. Wear a belt
or suspenders to keep up your pants. Wear conservative shoes that are
What Women Should Wear
Women should either wear a nice dress or a business suit, such as a conservative
pants suit. Furthermore, you could wear just a conservative blouse and
long slacks. Wear closed-toed shoes. Resist wearing alluring clothing
or clothing that reveals cleavage, a bare back, bare midriff, or bare
shoulders. Limit the amount of jewelry you wear as well.
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