What to Wear to Court – For Men
Justice is supposed to be blind; however the way you present yourself in court can affect the outcome of your case. You always want to dress in a way that show that you are a respectful and responsible person. You always want to be clean and neat when you are in the courthouse. When you dress professionally, it shows the court that you respect the seriousness of the situation and the court’s authority.
Here are suggestions regarding how you should dress for your court date.
- If you own a suit, wear it. That’s what the attorneys will be wearing.
- If you do not own a suit, wear a long-sleeved dress shirt, slacks, a tie, and dress shoes.
- If you must wear jeans, they should be clean and have no holes. They should not be overly baggy.
- Your clothing should fit. It should not be too baggy or too tight.
- It is best to be clean-shaven. If you have facial hair, make sure it is well-groomed and trimmed.
- Get a haircut shortly before your court date.
- Avoid extreme hair colors and styles. The day before your court date is not the time to get a purple mohawk.
- Your underwear should never be visible in the court room. Pull up your pants and wear a belt.
- Under no circumstances should you wear a tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt, hat, or shorts to court.
- Avoid excessive amounts of jewelry.
- Do not wear sunglasses in the courtroom. Put them in your pocket or bag.
- If you are visually impaired and you have the choice to wear glasses or contacts, wear your glasses. People assume that people who wear glasses are smarter. It’s a stereotype, but it works.
- Never wear or carry anything that suggests that you use illegal drugs or engage in a partying lifestyle.
- If you question whether you should wear a certain garment, you probably shouldn’t.
How you dress in court will affect your credibility in front of the judge. If you are dressed appropriately, it will be easier for the court to believe that you are an upstanding citizen who made a mistake.
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