What to wear to court


Unless you’re a barrister, leave the wig at home
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Going to court? One thing you can be certain of – you’ll be judged on your appearance. Court has to be one of the most important places to make a good first impression. Whether you’re in the dock, on the witness stand, addressing the jury, or attending the public gallery, it’s vital to project the right image.

Admittedly if you’re a barrister or the judge, all you need is your cape and wig. For everyone else we’re laying down the law: here’s what to wear to court.
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How to wear a linen suit

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A linen suit is essential for any summer wardrobe
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High on the list of summer-tailoring must-haves, is a linen suit. A favourite of Hollywood stars, well-heeled businessmen, and even heads of state, a linen suit can take you effortlessly from a business trip to a summer wedding. Here’s our guide on how to get it right.
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Fitness fanatic or armchair sportsman? Tips to get the right suit for your shape.

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The England rugby team looking sharp in team suits after winning the World Cup
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You can look great in a suit, whatever your body shape. Just look at this year’s England Six Nations Rugby team – big blokes all, and not a stretched seam in sight. As rugby blogger Total Flanker says, they look the “mutt’s nuts.

Unlike the RFU squad, we can’t all have our suits tailored by Eden Park. But the good news is, an off the peg suit can look just as good as a bespoke number, provided you know what to look for.
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