Maybe you're fighting a speeding ticket, dealing with a criminal charge, acting as a witness, or finalizing your divorce. No matter the reason you're appearing in court, your attire matters. You want to communicate to the judge that you respect the courtroom and yourself.

So, no jeans. No shorts. No sweatpants. No flip-flops, Crocs, or slides.

No one likes to be judged on their appearance, but a reality of appearing in court is that the judge, jurors, and other attorneys often have to quickly assess your credibility or similar matters. If you're dressed well, you're only helping yourself seem credible and responsible. Here is some general advice from The Carlson Law Firm:

How Women Should Dress in Court

  • Dress in business or business casual: Business suits (dress or pants), cardigan or blazer over bare arms, solid color blouses, and conservative dress shoes
  • In general, avoid bold colors in favor of muted tones like navy, black, beige, white, or gray.
  • Avoid loud or busy patterns.
  • Avoid loud accessories or too many accessories.
  • Avoid low-cut blouses, short skirts, skirts with high slits, and tight clothing.
  • Long hair should be pulled off the face; this also will help avoid distracting behaviors.

How Men Should Dress in Court

  • Dress in business or business casual: Slacks, sports coat, and white or solid color button-up shirt.
  • Hair should be well-groomed and neat.
  • Limit jewelry to one ring and a modest watch.
  • Avoid short-sleeved shirts, French cuffs, and cufflinks.
  • Avoid sneakers and flip-flops.

Some courts do have specific dress codes, so be sure to check with the court website or your attorney, but in general, these guidelines should serve you well. The Carlson Law Firm can help you navigate your legal issues no matter what they are. Click here to learn more or call 254-526-5688 to schedule a free case evaluation.