Why have I written three blog posts this month about what to wear to court? Does the court (or anyone for that matter) even notice what you are wearing to court? The answer is yes! It has even been noted in written judgments of the court:
On two dates when LD was being cross-examined, she attended Court in rather large, bright pink fuzzy bedroom slippers which was out of sync with her usual manner of attire, and certainly out of the norm for any reasonable person’s court attire.
Women should wear something to court that they feel comfortable in. Something that fits well and can be described as “business casual” attire (something you would wear to an interview for an office job).
A good look for women (from top to bottom) is:
- A neutral coloured blouse, or dress shirt that is ironed, clean and properly fitted. The shirt should not show too much cleavage (also consider that court may be stressful so wear a shirt that doesn’t show sweat);
- A matching sweater, cardigan, or blazer;
- An ironed skirt (no shorter than one or two inches above the top of your kneecap) or ironed dress pants;
- My favorite thing to wear is a “suit dress” – they are very comfortable and you don’t have to iron a blouse (see above);
- Tights (or nylons) if you are wearing a skirt or socks that match your shoes and pants; and
- Conservative shoes (closed toe) that are easy for you to walk in.
- A satchel, computer bag or briefcase to carry any documents (do not shove them all into your purse);
- Jewelry (keep it simple, tasteful and modest);
- Nylons (bring an extra pair in your purse).
- Keep your makeup natural;
- Do not apply makeup in the courtroom;
- Keep your nails clean and neat;
- Cover Tattoos;
- Remove piercings (with the exception of an earring in each ear);
- Keep your hair out of your face and neat looking.