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How to Dress for Appearing in Court

Research shows that attractive people get better outcomes in almost all areas of life. Regardless of whether you are appearing in court as a jury member, witness, or defendant, it is important that you dress appropriately for the situation. Here are three things to keep in mind as you choose your outfit for your court appearance.

Dress Conservatively

When it comes to dressing for a court appearance, choosing conservative clothing is key. Wearing something that you would feel comfortable wearing to church or a job interview is a good rule of thumb. Any tattoos should be concealed. Ideas of good outfits to consider include a nice dress that hits below the knees and stretches over the shoulders, a pantsuit or a conservative top paired with dress pants. When you are choosing your jewelry and accessories for the day, keep in mind that less is more. Shoes should be closed-toe, and your hair should be neatly groomed. 

What you should wear may vary from court to court, too. According to The Marshall Project, one Georgia court barred women from wearing tank tops in the court. Another judge, in Tennessee, mandated that female attorneys must wear jackets to court. 

Wear What Makes You Feel Confident

According to lawyer Michael Cordova, confidence can actually help you win your case. For this reason, it is important to choose an outfit that makes you feel confident. While still being committed to a conservative dress style, choose a color that you know looks great on you. This will naturally boost your confidence and allow you to project the best version of yourself. Get a haircut the week before the hearing so that you are feeling your best. In other words, stay conservative but don’t erase yourself either.

Dress Comfortably

You never know what the day will have in store for you once you walk through the doors of the justice center. Because of this uncertainty, it is important to dress comfortably for the day. If you are uncomfortable in your outfit, you will not be able to perform as well in court. You want to look confident and comfortable in your own skin so that you are at the top of your game. If there is a chance that you will be standing for an extended period of time, be sure to choose comfortable shoes for the day. Courtrooms can also be chilly, so be sure to dress in layers. By dressing comfortably, you’ll have a better chance of achieving the outcome that you desire because you will not be hyperfocused on your physical comfort.

Be judicious about what you wear, and you will automatically give off a good impression. You can still express your personality by dressing conservatively, professionally, comfortably and with confidence when you appear in court.

If you like fashion, here’s another article you should read: The Best 2019 Fall Fashion Trends Revealed

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Written by Kaitlyn Millet

Fashion is my passion and art is my heart. I love all that glitters and shines bright like a diamond. My goal is to motivate others to be their best and I love showing people the lighter side of things. You only live once and I want to live my life doing what I love which is writing and creating. Thanks for following my blog and let’s connect on social media: @KayBethStyle

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