With over 60+ years of combined legal experience, we have had the pleasure of witnessing some, at best, questionable, court room attire. Believe it or not folks, what you wear to court, can be very important to the outcome of your case.

What Not To Wear to Court

What you should wear to court depends on the type of court appearance and the specific guidelines of the court you’re attending. However, in general, it’s advisable to dress in a manner that shows respect for the legal process and the seriousness of the situation. Here are some tips:

1. Professional attire: Dress in conservative, professional clothing. This typically means a suit or dress pants with a button-down shirt or blouse. Avoid clothing that is too casual or revealing.

  • For MEN: Don’t own a suit or dress jacket? That’s okay! You can wear a button-down shirt, tucked into a pair of slacks or khakis. Or you may wear a collard polo shirt, also tucked into a pair of slacks or khakis. Make sure your clothing is pressed and ironed. While, we do not advise you to wear jeans, if you do not own a pair of slacks or khakis, and you choose to wear jeans, make sure they are ironed with no holes or tears. Make sure that all clothing fits, and pants are pulled up properly to your waist.
  • For WOMEN: Like the men, if you don’t own a suit or dress jacket / blazer, you can also wear a button down shirt or blouse with a pair of slacks or skirt. Make sure your clothing is pressed and ironed.
  • For MEN & WOMEN: While we do not advise you to wear jeans, if you do not own a pair of slacks or khakis, wearing jeans may be your only option. IF that is all you own and you choose to wear jeans to court, check before hand and make sure the court you are attending does not have guidelines against wearing jeans. If they do not, then make sure the jeans are ironed or pressed, fit properly (not too tight or not too loose) and they do not have holes or tears.

2. Neutral colors: Stick to neutral colors such as black, navy, gray, or brown. Avoid flashy colors or patterns that may be distracting or inappropriate for a courtroom setting.

3. Appropriate footwear: Wear closed-toe shoes such as dress shoes or flats. Avoid sandals, flip flops, crocs, house shoes, or sneakers (no matter how fashionable or expensive they were), or any footwear that appears too casual.

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4. Minimal accessories: Keep accessories to a minimum. Avoid large or flashy jewelry and opt for subtle pieces that complement your outfit without drawing too much attention.

5. Grooming: Make sure you are well-groomed. Keep hair neat and tidy and avoid excessive makeup or hairstyles.

6. Comfort: While it’s important to dress professionally, also ensure that you are comfortable in what you’re wearing. You may be in court for an extended period of time, so choose clothing that allows you to sit and stand comfortably.

7. Follow court guidelines: Some courts may have specific dress codes or guidelines that you are required to follow. Be sure to check any notices or guidelines provided by the court prior to your appearance.

Overall, the goal is to present yourself in a respectful and professional manner that demonstrates your understanding of the importance of the legal proceedings.

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