WHAT TO WEAR TO COURT FOR MEN
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The first guideline is that you must wear a suit. This is a non negotiable and you can disregard this advice at your own risk.
Wearing a suit demonstrates that you are taking your court appearance seriously and you care about the way that you are perceived by the judge and jury if they are present.
The next consideration is the colour of your suit. A darker colored suit should be worn because lighter colored suits like light grey, blue and especially pastel coloured, summer style suits are not viewed as being very serious or formal.
Whilst you want to wear a darker suit, in my opinion you may consider a charcoal, dark grey or navy suit instead of a dark black suit.
If you think about the villains in movies and TV shows, they are almost always dressed in dark black outfits, uniforms or clothing which is traditionally perceived as being authoritative, dominant and even aggressive.
When attending court as a defendant, the very last impression you want to give is that of high authority and dominance.
You want to demonstrate humility and compliance and for this reason I believe a charcoal, dark grey or navy suit will be your best suit colour choices when attending court.
The next consideration is whether your suit has a pattern or not.
In my opinion, the safest option is to choose a solid suit that is free of any patterns.
I love patterned suits like you can see here in these images.
But I believe a solid, pattern free suit offers the more conservative and serious impression you are aiming to achieve at your court appearance.
The next item to consider is your dress shirt and you want to keep things simple and basic.
Don't go over the top with bright colours or very expressive patterns.
A tie is also a necessity for court and like the dress shirt, you are best to keep this simple and not over the top with colour and patterns.
Regarding your choice of colour for the shirt and tie, I will explain some basic guidelines around the psychology of colour choices.
In my opinion, you are best to avoid shirt and tie colours that consist of red, purple, pink and orange.
Red is a real power colour that can send signals of authority, exuberance and high confidence.
Like a dark black suit, these are not signals you want to be sending if on trial and defending yourself.
Red can also be a negative reminder to people of things like blood, ambulances and stop signs.
Purple and pink are fantastic colours for those in selling and influencing scenarios where they need to display confidence and authority.
As discussed though, when on trial you want to be sending more submissive signals rather than dominant ones.
And orange has been proven to be the most common answer when people are asked their least favorite colour.
Instead of dress shirts and ties consisting of red, pink, purple and orange. You would be better to choose a crisp white dress shirt and a tie which is a shade of blue.
White is a dependable colour that sends messages of innocence and purity. Just think of the colour of angels, doves and nuns uniforms.
And blue sends signals of trustworthiness, dependability and honesty.
Take notice of how often presidents choose blue coloured ties. This is no accident and a deliberate choice as demonstrating trust, honesty and credibility is a key objective of presidents or those running for the presidential election.
And the final consideration is your shoes and the easiest and most effective colour choice will be the classic black dress shoes.
Black dress shoes match will all suit colours and are your safest choice of footwear.
It's also imperative that you have made a strong effort with your personal grooming.
The key requirements are to have a neat and tidy haircut. Be cleanly shaven or keep your facial hair neat, tidy and well groomed and also trim any long and unruly nose, ear and eyebrow hairs.
So keep these suggestions and guidelines in mind if you are in the unfortunate situation of attending court as a defendant.
Making these targeted clothing choices and personal grooming efforts will allow you to make a stronger visual impression which may aid in your chances of a positive outcome.