What to Wear To Court – The Complete Guide

I can tell from experience that yes, it definitely does matter what to wear to court.

The judge, jury and everyone else in the courtroom will take notice of how you choose to present yourself to the court.

If you’re ever going to go to a courthouse, there are a few things that you must absolutely know. These things include how to act, how to talk, and most importantly, how to dress.

If you’re ever going to be there, you need to make a great impression. Putting your best forward to the judge and jury can have an effect that is a lot greater than what you might think.

In order to make sure your court date is well-prepared for, we put together this guide that’ll help you dress appropriately, as well as act in a good manner.

What To Wear To Court

Let’s get right into it and see what you should and shouldn’t be doing!

What to Wear to Court

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Dress for the Occasion

No matter what your role is going to be in the courthouse, whether it is a witness, juror, or defendant, this is absolutely not the place and time for you to be wearing your favorite t-shirt.

Of all the places you’ve been to before, this is probably as serious as it can ever get, and there are some strict rules to abide by. If you’re a defendant, then the rules should apply and be 10 times more serious.

Before appearing in front of a group of very serious people, you need to be aware of what you should wear, especially if those people will determine what happens to you and your case. Making a bad impression is not something you want to do on this day.

What Men Should and Should NOT Wear to Court

A Suit & Tie will never hurt.

If you happen to have one then wear it, if you don’t and this is a serious matter for you, you can rent one.

If none of those options are available, you can wear a button-down shirt, make sure it is ironed, with khakis and a pair of dress shoes and you’ll be more than ready for your court date.

What Men Should NOT Wear

Remember all the casual clothing items you have in your closet? Good, keep them there!

This means that you should stay away from the following items:

  • Jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Work boots
  • T-shirts
  • Flannels
  • Hats (except for turbans and hijabs for religious reasons)

If you happen to be someone who wears jewelry by habit, don’t do that, at least not on this day. If you can hide them, do so, if you can not wear them altogether, it will be much better.

Another very important thing that you should keep in mind is to hide your tattoos. Make sure your sleeves hide all of your arm tattoos. Remember you’re trying to give a good impression here, don’t be lazy about this, use makeup if you have to, just make sure nobody sees them.

Dress Colors for Men

When you’re thinking of what color your suit should be in, remember that the darker the colors are the better it is.

If you wear a suit in a light color, such as blue, beige, green, or light gray, they’re still okay but are much less formal than if you had worn a darker color. They are less accepted!

The best colors you can rock for these occasions are dark gray, and navy blue.

When it comes to your shirt, you can never go wrong with a white one, just make sure it has a collar.

What Women Should and Should NOT Wear to Court

A court date is NOT a first date!

It’s important you keep your clothes modest, conservative, yet professional. A dress, a pant suit, and a dress skirt along with a professional blouse would be more than perfect for this occasion.

Also, remember to keep things as simple as possible.

What Women Should NOT Wear

If you have any fashionable clothing items at home, leave them there! You’re not a trip with your best friends, not even on a work trip!

Don’t wear anything that can be considered provocative, that includes stuff that are too short, or too revealing.

Makeup and jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Don’t wear your flashy, bright diamond earrings or necklace, you won’t be impressing anyone with that. They would work great if you’re out for dinner, but not here!

Dress Colors for Women

For women, there is 1 simple rule you should know: don’t dress to distract!

Keep things simple, whatever it is you’re going to wear, make sure it is in a similar color palette as the one advised for men. Navy blue, and dark grey everything!

Make sure you don’t go for something that is just black, as it can give the impression of power and not humility, that’s not something you would want, especially if you’re a defendant.


The way you dress in the court can say a lot of things about you, it can also affect the outcomes of that day. Make sure you dress appropriately so you don’t end up giving the wrong impressions.