At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., our Bryan and College Station, TX criminal defense attorney knows that it matters what you wear to court. The judge, jury, bailiff, staff members, and others will take notice of how you choose to present yourself in the courtroom.
You want to demonstrate that you respect the courtroom and that you are taking the charges you face with absolute sincerity. Although most lawyers suggest that their clients dress in business attire, some clients continue to appear in court dressed as they were headed to the beach or ready for a night out in the town. It’s a no-brainer that you should also be clean and maintain proper hygiene.
To give yourself an advantage if you have a scheduled court hearing, the following is an overview of what men and women should wear to convey the right impression.
What Men Should Wear
The general rule of them is to dress conservatively. A solid charcoal or navy suit with a white shirt and coordinating tie seems the most appropriate.
If you do not have a suit to wear, a sports coat over a long-sleeve button-down shirt and long slacks will suffice. Wear a belt or suspenders to keep up your pants.
Make sure you wear clothes which fit. If you have recently gained or lost a lot of weight, please purchase something new for your courtroom appearance.
Avoid wearing t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, athletic shoes, flip-flop sandals, and anything you’d wear at the beach. Coincidentally, do not overdress--so keep it simple, clean, and a manner which exudes nothing pretentious about you.
What Women Should Wear
Similar to men, you should appear professional by dressing conservatively. Wear neutral, pastel colors and plain or floral patterns.
A business suit or a pants suit are the most appropriate options. If you do not have either of those, a conservative top and long slacks is another suitable combination. Dresses and skirts must be no more than two inches above the knee.
Wear little or no makeup. Remove all visible piercings, especially nose rings and tongue piercings. Avoid wearing a halter or tube top, ill-fitting clothing, clothing which exposes your breasts or midriff, and even extremely expensive outfits.