How should I dress for court?
We are constantly answering questions from new clients regarding how they should dress in the courtroom. For this reason, we have decided to compile a list of tips to ensure that our clients are adequately prepared for their day in court. When it is your day in court, keep these helpful tips in mind
Arrive EarlyArrive to court 15 to 30 minutes early for your court date. In addition to the typical "hold-ups:" traffic, children, etc. there may also be long lines to enter the courthouse that move slowly resulting from increased security. Do not panic if you do not see your Huntsville Attorney in the courtroom when you get there. It is typical that your attorney has a pass that will allow them access to the courthouse without having to stand in the long lines and often they are required to be in multiple courtrooms at once.
Dress NicelyMore than likely you have heard this before, but seriously: dress nicely. For men, nice slacks and a button-down shirt will suffice but you may, of course, wear a suit if you are comfortable in one. For women, a knee-length skirt and professional blouse will suffice. You may also wear a nice pair of pants if you choose. Remember: this is neither the time nor place to make a fashion statement or express yourself. DO NOT show any mid drift, no exceptions. When choosing a pair of shoes, leave the high-heels and tennis shoes at home, opt for something more clean and professional. There is a reason your Huntsville Attorney will be wearing a suit. You do not have to wear a suit, but do be aware of the significance of the courtroom. Respect the courtroom.
Style Hair & MakeupBrush, style, curl, do whatever you wish to your hair, but do keep a few things in mind. If you have bright colored hair, wash the dye out if possible. If this is not possible, at least style your hair so that it can look clean and professional. Ensure your hair is trimmed, neat, and washed. Ensure that your hair is not in your face and placed either in a pony-tail or pinned-up style.
Smell NiceUsing a small amount of perfume/cologne is acceptable. Do not show up with body odor. It goes without saying for most, but ensure that you shower before your court appearance. In addition, ensure that your clothes have been washed. Any stains or tears in your clothing should be covered up, if they cannot be, do not wear them. It may also be a wise idea to keep mouthwash or mints in your purse or vehicle to freshen breath. You do not want to have over-bearing coffee breath in the courtroom. In addition, you DO NOT want to smell like you just walked out of the bar. You would be surprised what our attorneys have encountered.