It’s crucial to give yourself every advantage possible when going to court, and one of those is making a good first impression. Everyone present in the courtroom will be taking note of how you choose to represent yourself and dressing appropriately shows that you respect the judge and judicial process. To help you put your best foot forward and give a great first impression, we’ve compiled our best tips for what to wear to court below.
Courtroom Attire Guidelines
The state of Massachusetts has its own set of courtroom attire guidelines that are gender-specific and include considering court a formal event. The guidelines recommend you don’t wear:
- Shorts, hats, or flip flops
- A halter, tube-top, or see-through top
- Clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Baggy pants that fall below your waist
- Clothing that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity
- Clothing that promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use, or profanity
We suggest dressing formally, ensuring your clothing fits well, and you look neat and put together. Although dressing conservative might not be your personal style, it is expected in a courtroom setting.
Choosing Your Outfit
While it is not necessary to purchase a new outfit specifically for your court date, it is important to ensure your outfit is clean, pressed, and not too loose or too tight. The courtroom is a formal setting and you should dress as you would if you were going to a meeting at a conservative office job.
Men – Consider wearing a long-sleeve button-down shirt and tie with dress pants and dress shoes. If the weather is colder, add a solid color sweater or suit jacket.
Woman – Consider dress pants or a skirt paired with a blouse or sweater, or a conservative dress. Keep your accessories simple and avoid bold lipstick or over-styled hair.
If you have visible tattoos or piercings, considering taking them out or covering them up for your court date.
Preparing for Court
Beyond selecting an appropriate outfit, plan to get a hair cut at least a week before your scheduled court appearance, be freshly showered and neatly groomed. Facial hair should be trimmed or shaved, and makeup should be conservative. Don’t forget to brush and dry your hair, brush your teeth, and apply deodorant before your arrival.
By carrying out these tasks, you can set yourself up for success during your court hearing. Always have a great legal defense if possible, to ensure your rights are protected and a comprehensive defense is built.
For your free consultation, contact our team at Urbelis Law at (617) 830-2188.