Going to court can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re trying to get a settlement in a personal injury case. You want to give your case the best chance of success, and dressing nicely can help to get things off on the right foot. But what should you wear to your court date in Georgia?

It’s best to stick to conservative, professional attire when you’re appearing in court. Read on to learn what to wear to court in Georgia and how to prepare for your court appearance.


As a general rule, suits are good courtroom attire no matter your gender. A suit makes you look put together and professional, and it shows that you care about looking nice for this appearance. 

If possible, try to get a suit that fits you well, especially if you’ve recently gained or lost a lot of weight.

Opt for a suit in dark, conservative colors – black, navy, or charcoal gray are best. Pick a neutral button-down shirt to go underneath, and wear an undershirt if you choose to wear a white button-down. 

If you plan to wear a tie, avoid crazy colors or patterns and stick to a long tie, rather than a bow tie or bolo.

Long Pants

Wearing shorts to court is never a good idea, and the only circumstances under which your legs should show is if you choose to wear a pencil skirt. Otherwise, you want to stick to long pants with a suit jacket or sport coat. These pants should either match your jacket or should coordinate with it.

As with the rest of your suit, avoid wild colors and patterns, and if your pants don’t match your jacket, stick to khaki, navy, black, or gray. 

If possible, wear pants that fit you well, and wear a belt if necessary. It’s also a good idea to make sure your pants are hemmed appropriately – pants that are either too long or too short will look sloppy.

Little to No Jewelry

When you’re going to court, especially for a personal injury case, it’s best to avoid wearing a lot of flashy jewelry. It’s not a good look to be asking for money while you’re dripping in jewels. Instead, you want to opt for little to no jewelry and simple pieces if you do wear some jewelry.

A watch is usually an acceptable accessory, but again, avoid wearing ostentatious or expensive brands. 

Men should avoid wearing earrings, and women should stick to small studs if they wear any earrings at all. 

Avoid showy necklaces and bracelets, and keep rings to a minimum – wedding bands and class rings only.

Close-Toed Shoes

As a rule, you want to avoid wearing open-toed shoes in a courtroom. Even peep-toe heels can come off as a little informal or showy, and sandals are an absolute no-no. And it should go without saying that, under no circumstances should you ever wear flip-flops inside a courtroom.

Instead, opt for conservative, close-toed shoes that match your suit. If you plan to wear heels, keep them low, and make sure you can walk comfortably in them – you don’t want to fall on your face in front of a judge. 

Stick to black or brown shoes, and double-check that your laces are tied before you walk into the courtroom.

General Hygiene

In addition to your outfit, the way you manage your hygiene before a court date can have an impact on your overall presentation. 

If possible, go get a haircut a day or two before your court date, and always shower the day of your appearance. Brush your teeth, put on deodorant, and avoid wearing perfume or cologne.

Make sure your nails are clean and clipped short, and avoid wearing wild nail polish or fake nails. If you do plan to wear nail polish, keep it neutral – light pinks or a French tip design may be acceptable. 

If you wear makeup, stick to neutral eyeshadow and lip colors, and avoid wing-tipped eyeliner or long false eyelashes.

Ace Your Court Appearance

Presenting yourself well in court can help to give you the best chance at a good outcome in your case. Dress conservatively and plan to wear a suit with long pants and close-toed shoes. Avoid any wild colors in your outfit, and make sure you’re clean and put-together on the day of your appearance.

Of course, the other thing that can improve your chances of a win is having a good personal injury lawyer by your side. The top-rated attorneys at Hawk Law Group have more than seventy years of experience fighting for our clients, and we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements. Schedule a free consultation with us today to start getting the representation you need in court.

For more information, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Hawk Law Group at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation today.
We serve throughout the Central Savannah River Area and its surrounding areas:

Hawk Law Group – Augusta, GA
338 Telfair St, Augusta, GA 30901, United States
(706) 722 3500

Hawk Law Group – Evans, GA
4384 River Watch Pkwy, Evans, GA 30809, United States
(706) 863 6500

Hawk Law Group – Thomson, GA
146 Railroad St A, Thomson, GA 30824, United States
(706) 361 0350

Hawk Law Group – Waynesboro, GA
827 Liberty St, Waynesboro, GA 30830, United States
(706) 437 9122

Hawk Law Group – Aiken County, SC
156 Laurens St NW, Aiken, SC 29801, United States
(803) 226 9089

We also serve in Edgefield County, SC.