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What to Wear to Court

The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP


Anytime you appear before a court of law, what you wear is important. Dressing appropriately for the court shows that you understand the serious nature of the case, and that you respect the judge, jury, and the entire legal system. If you show up in flip flops or torn clothing, for example, it will make the wrong impression and could negatively impact the outcome of your case. So, what should you wear to court?


When dressing for court, the most important thing to remember is to choose clothing that is conservative. Think about what you would wear to church or work, and that is likely an acceptable outfit for court.

Some options for men include a suit with a tie, or a sports coat with a long-sleeved button-down shirt. Long pants are an absolute must for court, as most courts will not allow you to enter if you are wearing shorts. Women can wear a nice dress or pants suit, or a conservative top and long pants.

Avoid wearing anything too revealing or too casual. Ensure that your clothing fits properly and is not too tight or too baggy.


Perhaps the most important accessory to focus on when going to court are your shoes. These should match your conservative dress, meaning that you should avoid wearing running shoes, flip flops, or any open-toed shoes. Choose sensible, clean dress shoes. High heels are okay for women to wear, but they should not be any higher than three or four inches.

Consider the amount of jewelry you wear to court. Particularly if you are asking for a large amount of compensation, accessorize sparingly. If a judge and jury see that you are wearing a lot of jewelry, they may believe you do not really need the money. Remove any visible piercings except for those in your ears.

Personal Grooming

A courtroom demands that you look presentable, and that includes personal grooming. Show up to court clean. Brush your hair and tie it back, if necessary.

While it is acceptable to wear makeup in court, try to keep it to a minimum. Nail polish is okay in a neutral color. Fingernails, for both men and women, must be trimmed and clean.

Men should be clean-shaven in court, although beards and mustaches are acceptable as long as they are trimmed. Wear deodorant, and if you are prone to perspiring, bring a handkerchief with you.

Bring the Right Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer with You to Court

It is important to look nice for court. It is just as important that you bring along an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney who can make your case look just as good. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, that is what we will do for you. If you have been hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault, call us today at (516) 358-6900 or fill out our online form for your free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation, and we want to help you get it.

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