We recently went to court on a minor matter for one of our clients. The lawyering part wasn’t so interesting–the plaintiff didn’t show up–but the people watching was fascinating.
One thing that really struck us was the way people were dressed, and what that conveyed about their general attitude towards the court. A lot of folks came before the judge in sweats, showing a lot of skin, and generally unkempt.
As lawyers, we know that it’s very important that we dress appropriately–which means conservatively and formally–in order to give folks a good impression about our clients. But clients should dress that way, too.
What does that mean? Ideally men and women both should wear a suit (with a tie for men). Conservative colors are easiest–think navy, black or dark grey. Everything should be clean, wrinkle-free, and it should fit.
Worried about the cost? Inexpensive suits are available for both men and women, and consignment stores are also a good place to look. If your budget and wardrobe don’t allow you to wear a suit, slacks for men, with a button up shirt, and conservative dresses for women, are a good second choice.
Think of going to court like a job interview: no overwhelming jewelry, perfume, loud prints, revealing clothes, or writing on your clothes. If you have questions, ask your lawyer for advice! Or find another reputable source for information.
Remember folks, at the end of the day there’s no substitute for having a lawyer of your own.
And as always, our blog postings are not legal advice, nor do they constitute an attorney-client relationship!