If you have an upcoming court date, you may feel nervous about a judgment or verdict looming over you. Some defendants rehearse what they will do and say during specific moments, which is good. However, some people are unaware of how their physical appearance might cause others to judge them. This article will provide tips for how to dress on the day of your criminal court trial.
Don’t be Outlandish
No funky nail polish. Keep your hair color as close as possible to the shades that appear in nature, such as black, brown, red and blond. If you have tattoos, attempt to keep them covered. While in general people have become more accepting of tattoos, there are still a few people who judge a person based on their body art.
Groom Your Hair Conservatively
People love to experiment with different hairstyles. It adds variety to a person’s looks and can attract the attention of others who share a similar style. However, a courtroom is not the best place to display your punk rocker hairstyle or new spikey haircut.
Comb your hair neatly. If it is long, gather it in a bun or some other type of conservative hairstyle. Make sure that your hair is washed either the day of your trial or the day before. While this may not seem as though it matters, it does. People generally notice how a person’s hair is styled, and many will judge you based on it.
Dress Like a Professional
Study what you see lawyers and businesspeople wearing. Most wear nice shoes, either heels or loafers. They tend to wear a skirt and blouse or dress pants with a button-down shirt. Dress conservatively. Don’t invest in something that costs a lot of money. Instead, go for the business look at a discount store or borrow a friend’s clothes.
Don’t Overdo It with Accessories
Some people like to wear a lot of jewelry or accessorize with fancy watches or belts. Instead, wear only one or two accessories. A sensible watch could send the message that you’re businesslike and conscientious about time. A thin necklace or small earrings are a nice adornment without sending the message that you’re flashy or disrespectful.
Choose Your Cosmetics Carefully
Though cosmetics and perfume are not generally considered clothing, they are included here because people tend to judge others based on cosmetics. Those who wear makeup to court should do so sparingly. A bit of color to the lips and light mascara can enhance a person’s facial features. However, too much makeup can make a person look cheap or not trustworthy.
In terms of your scent, you may not be close enough to a jury or judge for them to smell you. Still, you never know how close or far away you will be from people who pass judgements on you. Wash with a neutral-smelling soap on the day of your court trial. Use fragrance-free or mildly scented deodorant.
A general rule of thumb is that if you have to question if a piece of clothing is acceptable or not, then you should probably chose something else. Don’t take risks on your court day. Instead, dress conservatively, groom yourself neatly and avoid too much makeup or accessories.