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What Should I Wear to Court?

suits [uniform and uniformity]

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Remember the judge doesn’t know you. He/she is taking  cues from the way you look and what you say. You want to make the best first impression.

What to wear:

Women: well-fitting dark or khaki slacks or a skirt that hits the knees; Conservative pant or skirt suit; closed toed conservative shoes.

Men: well-fitting pant suit; khakis with a conservative button up shirt; nice shoes

More importantly what NOT to wear: 

Women: low-cut, tight, cleavage showing shirts; short or tight skirts, sequins, spaghetti strap shirts, jeans, clothing that reveals your underwear, flip-flops, sandals, shorts, anything you would wear to a club, anything you would wear to the beach.

Men: tank tops, shorts, shirts with profanity or logos, jeans, flip-flops, ball caps, anything you would wear to work in the yard.

Hygiene, Tattoos, & Piercings

  • Hair should be clean, groomed conservatively. No rollers or hairnets.
  • Wear very little if any perfume.
  • Do not come in smelling like cigarettes, marijuana, or alcohol.
  • Wear very little if any jewelry. Take out any piercings.
  • Cover up large tattoos that are showing.
  • Nails should be trimmed and any polish should be neutral.


About McIlveen Family Law Firm

The McIlveen Family Law Firm handles all types of divorce and family law cases.


One thought on “What Should I Wear to Court?

  1. These are great suggestions for dressing at court. I would love to share these with my clients!

    Posted by Shawn Weber | November 29, 2011, 4:39 pm

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