First impressions matter. They matter more when you are subject to scrutiny in a professional environment. Although there are many things in life we can’t control, we can control how we present ourselves. So present yourself in a manner that improves your chances of success. Here are some of our personal recommendations and approaches.
This will prevent any assumptions about your attitude. In addition, it makes you seem more candid. If people assume you are trying to act a specific part or are controversial in any way it may frame you as dishonest. You do not want to be polarizing as your goal is to illustrate that your word and case is valid to as many people as possible.
- Keep clothing colors neutral or monochrome
- Have shirts and skirts be appropriate lengths and cuts
- Appear polished, put time and effort into your appearance
- Keep hair and makeup natural
- Dress formally
- Wear small amounts of jewelry and fragrance
- Formal attire is essential
- Make sure you appear cleanly
Here are some suggested approaches in getting ready for court.
- Dress like you are meeting your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s parents for the first time.
- Dress like you are trying to hide in a room full of bankers.
- Dress like you’re going on a job interview at a library.
- Dress the way you think the Judge/Magistrate dresses when she/he is not in court.
- Dress like a teacher on parent-teacher night.
- Dress like you would when going to a bank to apply for a personal loan with nothing but your word and a handshake.
- Dress like we aren’t allowed to speak and the Judge has to decide which side wins based on how he or she is dressed.