They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s no secret that your physical appearance can make a big impact on how you are perceived. Dressing in appropriate courtroom attire is your chance to convey your respect to the court and show that you are taking your case seriously.
Although Hawaii is often more casual compared to other parts of the country, the courtroom can be considered a bit more formal. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a brand new outfit, but your clothes should look clean, neat, and professional. Think of something you might wear to a job interview.
Tips for What to Wear in Court
- Slacks or khaki pants
- Collared shirt
- Dress or skirt at a conservative length
- Close-toed shoes
- Only discreet jewelry such as a wedding ring
Tips for What NOT to Wear in Court
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Baggy pants that fall below your hips
- Revealing clothing: low-cut blouses, tank tops, spaghetti straps or halter tops, short skirts, anything that exposes your midriff or underwear, see-through items
- Team jerseys or athletic apparel
- Clothing that depicts or promotes drugs, alcohol, violence, profanity, sex acts, or any illegal/questionable activity
- Slippers, stilettos, or worn out shoes
- Sunglasses or non-prescription tinted glasses, even if they are on top of your head
By dressing appropriately and having a qualified legal team on your side, you are on the right track to the best possible outcome. Please contact the Law Office of David A. Sereno to set up a free consultation about your criminal defense or personal injury case.