Can you wear a hoodie to court? Am a fan of hoodies and I always wear it to trenches and other places of choice because of the confidence I get on wearing it but not to a court. Apart from getting behind the ‘bars’, which will not happen because I only when to court with a hoodie and sunglasses, its is not respectful to wear them to official places like a courtroom either to meet with a judge or as a defendant or witness.
There are many things we cannot wear to a court and not just hoodies. There are shoes and other accessories that will be disrespectful to wear to a court and we will dis cause some of them here.
What not to wear to a court
If you are getting ready for a court case and you want to see that the judge see you as a potential not guilty person, then you need to know how best to dress to court so that your dressing will not speak bad of you. Always remember that the judges are human beans like you and I and as such can be influenced by our dressing and this might be favorable or not depending on how one dress to a court. So let us see the Do’s and Don’ts in the courtroom.
Can you wear a hoodie to court?
No! one should avoid wearing hoodies to a court case or just to see a court in the court. Hoodies are casual dresses and should not be worn to official places like court. There are different reasons why people wear hoodies and this doesn’t have to be in a court. So you cannot wear hoodies to appear before a judge.
There are also arguments in some quarters that one can wear anything they choose to wear to any place of their choice but its not true. Some companies and other organizations have dressing codes and this codes prohibits their workers from wearing some certain shirts, pants and shoes to work or visit. The same goes with courts.
Can you wear sweatpants to court?
You should not wear sweatpants to court. Sweatpants are casual wears and should not be worn to formal events like court case. You may wonder if there are dressing code for courts and the answer is yes. In some states, there are dressing codes to their courts and you must not disrespect or disobey the court for your own good.
How to dress to a court
Whether you’re going to be a witness, juror, plaintiff or defendant in a court, your favorite t-shirt is not the place for a courtroom. The general rule of thumb when going to court is you should dress conservatively. Second to arriving on time, the way you dress is important to show the judge you respect the court and its time. Over the last two decades, the standard of dress in courthouses seems to have declined. However, just because you see others in sweat pants and fuzzy slippers walking around the courthouse, doesn’t mean you should commit this same fashion crime.
Do’s and Don’ts in a court
Clothes not to wear to court
As a man preparing to go to a court, below are clothes you are expected not to wear to a courtroom;
- Sleeveless or muscle shirts
- Yoga Pants
- Skintight clothing
- See-through tops
- Athletics 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.
- Shorts or cut-offs.
- Unusual hair color or style
- Clothes with words or names on them
what to wear to a court as a man
- Button-up shirt with a collar
- Nice pants
- Sport jacket, or
- Business suit
what to wear to court as a woman
- A simple dress;
- A skirt and a nice blouse;
- Dress pants and a dressy top;
- Any kind of suit jacket over pants, a dress or a skirt; or
- A business suit.
Shoes Not to wear to a court
- 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.
- Flip flops or slides
Shoes you can wear to a court
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- Wear conservative shoes.
- Closed-toed shoes
- Dress shoes
Hair not to wear to a court
- No blue hair, dye it normal
- No grease
- Clean- shave
- Consider a haircut. It grows back.
- Lose the man-bun on top
- Men – no ponytail, or tuck it down your shirt
- No mullet
Always remember that You want to wear shoes that complement your clothing. No sneakers, sandals, flip flops, or worn-out work boots. No high or spiked heels. Open-toed shoes are generally inappropriate. As stated before, you are not searching for a soulmate, this is not a bar or a speed dating event.
Tattoos and piecing are not allowed in court
Though it is a common knowledge that tattoos has a personal meaning to everyone who has one but the truth is that not everyone shares your feelings, and some people make snap judgments based on appearances. So when going to a court, its better to have your tattoos covered. You don’t want the judge to read wrong means to then so as to influence his or her judgement.
The same thing goes for piecing, if you have big jewelries pieced on your body, its better you remove them. A single pair of simple, tasteful earrings is acceptable. No large earring. If you have “gaged” your ears so that you have large, drooping holes, try to find simple, flesh-colored earrings to fill them so they don’t attract attention.
Jewelry And Accessories
No jewelry for men except wedding rings. No earrings, other piercings, cufflinks, necklaces, pins, bracelets, rings, or anything else.
Ideally, the same would go for women: no jewelry except wedding rings. I know some of you won’t accept this. If you must wear jewelry here are the rules.
Jewelry should not be flashy or make noises when you move. For this reason, you should not wear a column of bracelets that jangle against each other as you move your arm. A simple, single pair of post earrings would be acceptable. No dangling, flashy earrings or large hoops that would draw attention. You should also remove loose change from your pockets. Anything that makes a loud noise as you walk should be removed.
Large, flashy necklaces that draw attention are also a bad idea. So are gaudy rings. Any jewelry that appears expensive, even if it is inexpensive costume jewelry, is a bad idea, especially if money is at issue. If you owe money, it looks like you’re wasting money. If you are due money, it looks like you don’t need it. I have a “dinner ring” that has 9 rows of 15 small rhinestones on each row. I bought it at a department store on sale for $9.99, but it looks great! I’ve had many people comment on it, because they think it’s real. This would be a bad accessory to wear, whether I was being sued or suing someone in court.