The way you look and what you wear says a lot about you. Do we like to think that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? While that may be true, it’s a fact that first impressions really count, and most people don’t take the time to get to know the “inside” if the outside isn’t dressed a certain way. This is true in life – and in the courtroom. Consider the following:
This information was found by a study conducted by Emerald Insight and may help you make a good impression in court.
Going to court can be a nerve-racking experience for anyone – regardless of why you are there. One way to reduce some of the stress of the situation is by making sure you are dressed properly. Here you can explore some of the do’s and don’ts of what to wear to court, as well as some tips about your outward experience.
The court is serious. If you look too casual, the judge may think you are not taking it seriously.
At some point, you are going to be the center of attention. During the rest of the time, try to blend in. To do this:
Some of these “don’ts” overlap for men and women; however, some definite don’ts for men going to court include:
There are also a few general guidelines that can help your day in court go more smoothly, for example:
Just like with men, you need a clean, well-groomed appearance for your day in court. Some things to avoid include:
Some general guidelines to help you with your dress for the day include:
If you are in doubt, ask your lawyer. If you don’t have an attorney, use the adage “dress for success” when getting ready for your day in court.
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