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Dress to Impress: What You Should Wear to a Legal Proceeding

Dress to Impress: What You Should Wear to a Legal Proceeding on

Don’t let your clothes speak louder than you

There are certain professions that are synonymous with clothing. When you think about police, you probably imagine men (and women) in blue. Doctors are usually associated with white coats. But what about lawyers?

Though they don’t have uniforms per se, lawyers do have an unwritten dress code they should adhere to. And while they can wear what they like in their own offices, it’s important that they peruse their closets carefully before attending any legal proceeding and keep these five tips in mind:

Fit is important

You definitely don’t want to wear clothing that is too loose or too tight. If you will be presenting in front of a judge or jury, you’ll want to make sure you’ll be able to move around easily. If you typically buy clothes off the rack, you should think about having them tailored to fit you better.

Don’t get too comfortable

We live in an increasingly casual world. Once upon a time people would dress up before taking a flight, and now sweats and yoga pants are the norm. But anything involving the law is still extremely conservative. There’s no such thing as casual Fridays in a courtroom, so business attire should be worn at all times.

Cut out the distractions

A little bit of color can be good, but too much could just be a big distraction. The same is true for expensive accessories like purses and watches. Noise also plays a role in court, so it’s a good idea to avoid shoes with loud clacking heals or bracelets that jangle.

Keep your wardrobe updated

If you’re still wearing the same clothes you wore a decade or two ago, it is probably time to go shopping. First of all, styles change, so it’s possible you’re looking out-dated. Plus, unless you are a fitness hound, you’ve probably put on a few pounds over the years, which means those clothes aren’t fitting as well as they once did.

Be careful with how much you show

While all of the above tips apply for any lawyer, this one is mostly for the ladies. Unfortunately, because women have a tougher time establishing themselves in various fields – law included – they generally have to be more cognizant of the things they do than their male counterparts. And when in court, this means avoiding cleavage or anything that could reveal underclothing.

If you have any doubt about what to wear, there’s a simple exercise you can do: Think about how your clients would want you to dress. Or, even better, as Gary J. Ross explains, it’s always important to dress like a lawyer because you never know when you may get a client.

At Boss Reporting, we always aim to give lawyers tidbits like these to help them in their careers. This is why we have been providing court reporting services for over 20 years. To let us know what we can do for you, give us a call at 954-467-6867 or send us an email at