Clothing Not to EVER wear to court:

• Sleeveless or muscle shirt.

• Exercise outfit.

• Anything sexy or too dressy. Including, tight tops, short skirts, sequins, slinky tops, revealing tops. Do not wear anything you would wear out on a Saturday night!

• Sundress or strapless dress.

• Crop tops. Cover your belly button!

• Any top with spaghetti straps.

• T-shirts (especially ones with beer, drug, or sexual references).

• Anything you would wear to the zoo or to do yard work.

• Athletic attire, especially baseball caps.

• Jeans, unless they are the only long pants you own.

• Clothing that is too small or too large.

• Clothing that reveals your underwear.

• Hats.

• Shorts or cut-offs.

Footwear not to ever wear in court:

• Flip-flop sandals.

• Athletic shoes.

• High-heel spikes.

• Open-toed shoes.

• Anything you would wear at the beach.

• Lots of jewelry, especially if it makes noise when you move.

• Sunglasses, unless medically prescribed.

Hair matters – what you never want in court!:

• Wet and messy.

• Dirty.

• Unnatural dye job.

• Hairnet and/or curlers.

• Weird or unusual haircut.

Hygiene matters in court – NEVER go to court:

• Looking dirty or unshaven.

• With too much cologne and perfume. Use very little. Too much and everyone will wonder what you are trying to cover up!

• Smelling like cigarette smoke.

• Smelling like pot. That is a totally different problem!

• Smelling of alcohol. Again, that is a totally different problem!

• Nails – extremely long nails on both men and women, neon or bright nail polish.

Tattoos & Piercings:

• Hide the tattoos.

• Remove jewelry BEFORE entering the courtroom.

• Do not have bare legs or shoulders showing.

Ideas of what you SHOULD wear to the courthouse:

• Conservative dress – something you would wear to church, work or a nice social function. (If you wear a uniform to work, it is usually OK to wear it to court unless you wear shorts to work.)

• Wear clothes that fit. If you have gained or lost a lot of weight, please buy something new for your courtroom appearance.


• Suit with tie.

• Sports coat.

• Long-sleeve button-down shirt with a collar and long pants.

• Wear a belt or suspenders to keep up your pants.


• A nice dress or woman’s business suit.

• A conservative pants suit.

• Conservative top and long slacks.


• Less is more. Remove all piercings.

• If you claim you have no money, then wearing lots of jewelry is unwise.


• Make sure nails are neat and clean.

• Wear neutral nail polish.


• Wear closed-toe shoes.

• Wear conservative shoes.


• Schedule a haircut two weeks before the court appearance.

• Look neatly groomed. If your hair is long, tie it back. No hairnets, rollers, or combs.


• Brush your teeth and use mouthwash.

• Men, shave before court and trim your mustache/beard.

• Women wear very conservative makeup.

• Use soap and water liberally before coming to court.

Deodorant. You will be nervous, so be prepared.

• If you perspire a lot, bring a handkerchief or whatever to look cool and confident.

Cover tattoos.

For questions about this guide give me a call! -Don Kaufman (970) 947-1776