Getting called on for jury duty is serious business. It’s a huge responsibility, which means you need to be as prepared as possible. Before coming to the courthouse, there are a few things you need to prepare. You’ll need a clear mind, your juror papers, and a smart casual outfit to wear on jury day.
Dressing for jury duty isn’t that difficult—you just have to look elegant and respectable. A good rule of thumb is that since you’re there for official business, you want to be in formal, business, or smart casual attire. That means no tank tops, slippers, sneakers, bottoms that are too short, or hats. The smarter you look, the better.
Need some ideas on how to dress before the trial day? Here are 10 juror outfit ideas to give you an idea of the proper way to look at jury duty.
Sweater, Capri Slacks, and Suede Heels
Sitting in an air-conditioned courtroom for hours can be a little chilly, so it would be smart to wear a jacket or blazer. For something cozy and warm, you can also wear a sweater as your top.
Pair it with capri slacks and close-toed suede heels for an intelligent look. A nude sweater will go perfectly with earthy-toned slacks, like brown, black, or forest green. Tuck in the front part of your sweater into your pants, and you’re ready to listen to the case assigned to you.
Long Cardigan, White Undershirt, and Khaki Trousers
Not a fan of sweaters? No worries—you can also go for a long cardigan, like this. A dark-colored cardigan would look pretty on top of a crisp, collared, white undershirt tucked into khaki pants. This entire get-up is cute and bookish. Finish it off with smart, pointy heels and a matching black bag.
Casual Coat and Tie
For male jurors, a classic coat and tie ensemble is a safe option. This sounds a bit formal for some, which is understandable. If you want to look relaxed and casual, go for a jacket that is snug and can be left open. Wear it with an Oxford shirt and your favorite tie.
For jury duty, you can never go wrong with black trousers and shoes. They’re snazzy and formal-looking enough for the courthouse while still being comfy and casual.
Blazer, Slacks, and Loafers
If you want to look extra professional while serving your duty as a juror, wear a statement blazer. This gray one with a subtle plaid print isn’t just chic and fashionable, but it also makes you look regal and respectable.
A good way to wear this blazer is with a breathable white undershirt tucked into skinny, ankle-length, black slacks. Finish off the look with some high-quality black loafers, a leather bag, and sunglasses, and you’re ready for your day in the courtroom.
All-Black Coat, Shirt, and Slacks
Who says you shouldn’t look funky and stylish while doing jury duty? Here’s a look for any man who wants to give their juror outfit some extra flair on trial day.
Wearing black from head to toe is a foolproof way to look sophisticated and smart. If you don’t want to look too dark or boring, you can always play around with different fabrics and patterns in your clothes.
This soft, black jacket and black undershirt go really well with these black trousers. The pants have white accents on them to create a plaid look. Then, wear some black socks and loafers with a silver buckle for extra pizzazz. You’ll be the most well-dressed juror there!
Checkered Power Suit for Women
If you want to make a statement as soon as you walk up the steps of the courthouse, rock a power suit that is sure to turn heads. Although suits are more common among men in business settings, we’re sure any girl boss can pull it off.
This gray-beige power suit has a light checkered design, making it look posh and expensive. It’s an awesome outfit to wear if you want to look extra hot (but still respectable). Simply button up your suit jacket, and you’re good to go!
White Button-Down and Navy Pants
Nautical white and navy make for a classic color palette for men in smart casual or even formal attire. It’s a no-brainer for men who don’t want to take extra time to pick out a business outfit for jury duty day. Just wear a crisp, white Oxford button-down and navy trousers paired with loafers.
For a laidback vibe, wear the Oxford shirt without a jacket or tie. You can also fold the sleeves a quarter of the way up and leave a button or two at the top open so that you don’t look too stuffy.
Girly Nude Jacket and Pencil Skirt
For a soft, feminine, romantic look, ditch the pants and go for a girly skirt. But since mini-skirts aren’t allowed in court, go for a longer, more elegant pencil skirt fit for the office.
A nude skirt like this would pair exceptionally well with a nude jacket. The jacket can also help keep you warm while seated in court since more of your legs are exposed to the chilly courtroom air. High-heeled boots will look fabulous with this get-up.
Black Leather Pencil Skirt and Sweater
If a pinky nude skirt seems too feminine for you, go for an edgier version of the pencil skirt—a black, faux leather one like this. Not only does this make you look sexy and shapely, but it’s also appropriate for jury duty. It would look quite nice with a light-colored sweater, like this white one with thin black stripes.
Oxford Shirt, Tie, and Plaid Slacks
Another classic smart casual outfit for men is a white, long-sleeved Oxford shirt and a dark-colored tie. This look is usually paired with plain slacks, but if you want to go the extra mile to stand out, you can opt for trousers with a playful pattern.
One that is on the unique side but isn’t so distracting or flashy for jury duty is plaid. Try wearing your plain, formal top and tie with pants like these to get a double-take or two as you walk up to the courthouse.