What you wear to court can make or break the judge’s decision. While it might not seem like a huge deal to show up in jeans and t-shirt, you’re trying to demonstrate why the judge should side with you. When you show up looking sloppy, it doesn’t truly make a great first impression. It’s important that when you go to family law court you look your best. By wearing your best clothes and minimal jewelry or covering up tattoos, you’ll present yourself to the judge in a positive light. Many judges have been practicing law for several years, by looking at you, he or she will be able to tell if you just rolled out of bed or you didn’t put a lot of effort into your appearance. It’s vital that you take the time to look decent because how you dress is how you’re presenting yourself to the court, and in turn, what you’re feeling about the final decision.

What To Wear

What’s appropriate to wear to court? It might be easiest to slide into a pair of worn jeans and wear your favorite flip-flops, but that’s not the best decision. Instead, you should focus on wearing clothes that are mature and serious. The old saying, ‘dress for success’ is everything when you go to family law court. If you don’t think you have anything that’s successful and mature, then we encourage you to borrow clothing from a friend, family member, or there are many online sites that will send you clothes. You can even check out the local thrift store where you’ll find a myriad of options that say ‘success.’ To help you adequately plan for your day in family court, we supplied a few options that could be beneficial for you to wear.


Women should wear a nice dress with no pattern, business suit, or pants and a nice top. You won’t want to wear anything that is too low-cut or shows off your stomach. Think conservative when it comes to your clothing options. You’ll want to cover any tattoos and take out any piercings. If you’d like to go above and beyond, then consider taking off all of your jewelry since less is more. Additionally, you’ll want to look as down-to-earth as possible. This means if you have a fun, red blazer, you may want to skip it. Try going for navy blue, grey, white, or beige clothing options. Black is good too.

For men, you’ll want to wear a nice sports jacket, suit and tie, or a long sleeve button up with some khaki pants. Dress pants are a great option to wear as well. Like for women, you’ll want to dress as conservatively as possible. Make sure that you wear a belt or suspenders so your pants are not loose or sagging. You’ll want to wear clothing that fits you well. If you have any jewelry on, then we encourage you to take it off. Remember to ditch the hat too.


For shoes, you’ll want to wear nice dress shoes that are closed toe and conservative. For men, you’ll want to ditch the sneakers for a more clean and proper look. For women, you’ll want to wear low-heeled shoes or flats.

What Not To Wear

So what shouldn’t you wear to court? As we covered above, jeans probably aren’t the greatest option, neither are your favorite flip-flops. It’s best that you cover up tattoos and take out piercings. If your hair is dyed an unconventional color such as gorgeous green or mermaid, then pull it back and put it in a bun if you’re a woman or smooth it down if you’re a man.

Try not to dress in tight, sexy clothing or items that are too revealing. Your white tank top or that crop top should probably stay in your wardrobe. Any sports paraphernalia is a definite no-no. T-shirts that have references to alcohol, drugs, sex, or that are see-through should be skipped.

Additionally, you’ll want to keep your athletic clothing at home for when you work out. When it comes to footwear, anything that’s has too much of a high-heel, sneakers, or beach-wear should be worn another time. If you’re trying to claim that you are not well-to-do, then don’t wear an excessive amount of jewelry or a very expensive outfit.

At The Law Office Of Ronald Kossack, our family law firm can help settle issues that seem impossible to solve. Family law problems such as divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, divorce mediation, and court modification. If you need to resolve a family law issue, then contact us today.