Dressing for Court

Maverick Ray Law
June 9, 2023

How to Make the Best First Impression

In court is arguably where first impressions matter the most. The way you present yourself in court largely affects the judge or jury’s decision. After all, our appearance affects how people think of us. It not only shows how we care for ourselves but gives insight into who we are as a person and how we conduct ourselves.

Whether you are in court facing criminal charges, seeking compensation in a personal injury case, or simply challenging a ticket in traffic court, knowing how to dress and present yourself in front of the judge is essential.

If you need legal assistance, contact the experienced legal team at Maverick Ray & Associates. Our lawyers will guide you through the legal process and fight to get you the results you need. Call (281) 672-8029 today to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

How to Dress in the Courtroom

Appearance is everything. That is why both women and men need to look and act their best in court. Below are some tips on how to - and how not to - dress in a Houston court.

Court Dress Tips for Women

What to Do:

  • Keep your outfit simple.
  • Don’t wear too much jewelry
  • Wear dark or subdued colors.
  • Wear a neutral nail color.
  • Wear a tailored dress, skirt and blouse, or pantsuit, along with a jacket or blazer.

What NOT to do:

  • Don’t wear any tight-fitting, revealing, or short clothes.
  • Do not wear shorts or jeans.
  • Avoid wearing distracting patterns.
  • Don’t wear too much makeup.
  • Avoid wearing anything that is bright or bold.

Court Dress Tips for Men

What to Do:

  • Wear a suit and tie.
  • If you don’t have one, wear nice slacks and a collared shirt.
  • Wear dark leather shoes that are in good condition
  • Dress conservatively and wear dark or subdued colors.
  • Remove piercings if possible.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t leave tattoos exposed.
  • Avoid wearing too much jewelry or hats of any kind.
  • Do not wear sneakers or flip-flops.
  • Don’t wear jeans or T-shirts.

Other Tips for Your Day in Court

Now that you look your best, how should you behave while in the courtroom? Here are some general etiquette tips you should follow:

What to Do:

  • Know the dress code and rules of the court.
  • Be on time.
  • Stand when the judge or jury enters the courtroom.
  • Pay attention to the judge and others who are speaking.
  • Be respectful and polite.
  • Avoid any outbursts and wait until it is your turn before speaking.
  • Speak clearly.

What NOT to Do:

  • Do not eat or chew gum.
  • Don’t wear earphones.
  • Avoid being distracted.
  • Don’t use a camera or the camera on your cell phone.
  • Do not carry a cell phone unless it is turned off.

Consult with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Houston

Whether you received a court summons, facing criminal charges, or seeking compensation in a personal injury matter, it is important to not only look your best but to have skilled legal representation by your side. The Maverick Ray & Associates legal team can prepare you for your day in court and advocate tirelessly on your behalf.  So, before you enter the courtroom, contact our Houston personal injury and criminal defense lawyers online or by calling (281) 672-8029. We offer FREE consultations, and there is absolutely no obligation to hire our firm.