What Should I Wear To Court in South Carolina?

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our South Carolina attorneys represent clients in family, criminal, and personal injury court cases throughout the state. The one thing they all have in common is that when it is their time to appear before a judge, and potentially a jury, their appearance is going to play a critical role in how the court perceives their testimony.

Our skilled attorneys will ensure you are legally prepared for your court hearing. However, your physical appearance is something only you can control. Here are a few tips to help ensure what you wear reflects the responsible person you want the court to see.

Court Appearance Dress Code Recommendations for Men

When men appear inside the courtroom, no matter why they are there, the judge and jury want to see someone who cares about their appearance and why they are there.

This means displaying a neat and professional presence.

The best approach is to wear a suit. If you do not own a suit, clean and pressed slacks, a long-sleeve dress shirt, and a sports coat will suffice. If you do not own a blazer or sport coat, wear a tie with your dress shirt.

In addition, take note of how you are groomed, and:

  • Get a haircut shortly before your court appearance and avoid any dyes or distracting styles.
  • Shave or trim all facial hair to a short and neat appearance.
  • Shower the day of your appearance, apply deodorant, and a modest splash of cologne.
  • Remove all earrings or additional jewelry beyond a wedding ring and a watch.
  • Cover all visible tattoos.

The neater your appearance, the more seriously the court will follow your testimony and consider your case. In addition, stay away from bright colors or patterns, and lean toward navy blue or dark gray to ensure you are taken seriously.

Court Appearance Dress Code Recommendations for Women

Since women typically have different styles, recommending what they wear to court is a bit more challenging. The best advice for women of all ages is to be conservative and professional.

That may include choosing a:

  • Modest dress.
  • Pantsuit.
  • Long skirt and conservative blouse.
  • Sweater and pressed slacks.

The more conservative and modest the ensemble, the better. It is very easy for women to be judged by their appearance. It is important that you are putting your most professional look forward. In addition, the same advice that applies to men, also applies to women. Avoid patterns and bright colors and stick with conservative but serious colors like dark gray or navy blue.

For Both Men and Women: What Not to Wear to Court

When considering what to wear to a court appearance, it may be easier to consider what not to wear. Think of your appearance this way: If you would wear a certain outfit out on the town, it does not belong inside a courtroom.

Make sure your courtroom attire is clean, pressed, and professional, and avoid wearing:

  • Flip flops
  • Hats
  • High heels
  • Jeans
  • Revealing clothing
  • Short skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Sundresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Tight clothing
  • T-shirts

Whether your case is unfolding in civil or criminal court, your appearance must provide a professional first impression. We can help ensure you are ready. Contact our experienced South Carolina lawyers by calling (803) 548-2468 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

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