When you go to court for the first time, you are likely full of questions and worry. One of the things we find out clients are often unsure about is what they should wear. We can always work with you one on one to get you the answers you need or you can keep reading to get a general idea. Remember to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Look at the Rules of the Courthouse You Are Attending
Believe it or not, there are specific rules about what you can wear at certain courthouse. Look online to see if the place you are going requires a specific dress code. For example, The Superior Court of California in Los Angeles requires that everyone dress in a way that is not “distracting to others.” This seems vague but for most lawyers, this means wearing a suit when they go to court – though you are not likely to need to wear a suit.
What to Wear to Court
When it comes to basic tips on what to wear to court, think about being neat and respectful. Choose clothes that fit well. Wash and iron whatever you are wearing. Likewise, make sure your personal grooming is updated. Your hair should be trimmed and styled. If you have long hair, it is a good idea to pull it back. Nails should be neutral colored and men should make sure that if they have facial hair, it is trimmed and groomed. Try to hide any tattoos or piercings.
What Not to Wear
Do not wear clothing that shows a lot of skin. For example, women should not wear a miniskirt with a shirt that has a low neckline. Men should not wear tank tops, shorts, or other clothing that reveals too much of their body. Jeans are generally not a good idea either.
We also recommend not wearing workout attire such as leggings, sweatpants, or yoga pants. For shoes, avoid tennis shoes, flip flops, or very high heels. Take off any jewelry that could distract, such as sunglasses. We do not recommend wearing hats unless you are doing so for a religious reason. If you are not sure if your headwear is appropriate, ask your personal injury attorney.
What We Recommend for Your Court Day
We know that many of our clients do not have the money or time to deal with getting the perfect outfit for their day in court. This is why we recommend professional and conservative clothing – just choose the best thing you have in your closet. Ideally, this would be a suit and tie for men. For women, this would be a pantsuit, skirt and blouse, or dress. Dress shoes are best but if they are not available then plain black sneakers are the next best option.