open all doors. –Thomas Fuller
I received a summons in the mail last Friday. It stated I had to appear in court the following Tuesday. No problem. I selected what I was to wear: Alfani Red suit (medium grey), Alfani Red slim fit dress shirt (white), Tasso Elba tie (burgundy/grey/white), Banana Republic Wyatt Italian Leather Monk Strap, Kenneth Cole belt, Van Heusen socks and a Timex T series mother of pearl face. No pocket square. No jewellery. Very minimalist and for good reason.
Our society is awash with a rebel mentality. Colloquially speaking, this crap doesn’t fly in the courtroom. A respectable appearance and demeanor may improve one’s chances depending what violation(s) has been bestowed upon you. One doesn’t wear a fancy pocket square to make colors pop or a diver watch with three bracelets. Keep it simple is most appropriate when dressing for the courtroom. The courtroom is the Judge’s house. When invited to someone’s home, you do not make an effort to be a nuisance or show them up in their own home. This rule applies to the Judge’s house. Keep it simple, arasso?
Punctual as always, upon entering the only people wearing a suit were the lawyers, a detective and me. As more people entered, to my dismay not one of them, males and females were appropriately dressed! Tank tops, shorts, ragged looking t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, flip flops, untied basketball sneaks, etc. It was a sight to behold. I am well aware, dressing is a matter of personal preference but there are more than a few scenarios in our lives that require one’s attention. The courtroom is one of them.
Being well-dressed will change not only the individual who takes pride in their appearance but others around them. It isn’t necessary to elaborate for there are plenty of examples of this. If you have been doing this all along, then you feel me. Jal ga!