Jury duty can be either fun and exciting or boring and, in some cases, a waste of time. No matter the case, you’re going to play a part in the administration of justice, and it’s your duty as a citizen to attend jury service.
And just like any other important event, you need to take your outfit into consideration.
What to wear to jury duty?
Attending a jury duty might be nerve-wrecking for many, and even more if you’re not sure if you’re wearing the right clothes. If you’ve been summoned to a jury duty, then this article will come in handy.
Follow me as I guide you through several tips on jury duty dress code and outfit ideas that will make this important day a bit more bearable. Looking perfect from head-to-toe will always play in our favor.
What’s a jury duty dress code?
Since jury duty is an important part in a legal proceeding, and your outfit should reflect such importance. Remember that what you wear shows how much you respect the event you’re attending, so It’s only logical that your jury duty outfit should be taken seriously.
However, dressing for jury duty shouldn’t be as formal as it sounds.
According to many people who have served as jurors in the past, there’s no need to dress up.
Going for a “business casual” look is a much more appropriate than going on a full formal attire, but you still need to remember you’re going to be in the same room as judges, witnesses and attorneys, so dressing “professionally” even if it’s casual should be your main goal.
35 Easy jury duty outfit ideas
Now that we’ve talked about the jury duty dress code, let’s move on and get some real inspiration! Calm your nerves with these stylish outfit ideas on how to dress for jury duty, which can also help you to pull-off cute business casual looks for other events.
Yes, jeans are appropriate for jury duty. Business casual outfits often include jeans, and the key here is to dress them up with other pieces.
Two tips I can give you in order to look perfect with jeans on jury duty is to avoid light washes, unfinished hems and any type of distressed jeans. These three elements can make your outfit look too casual and unpolished.
That being said, dark blue washes are the go-to option if you’re going to wear jeans. You can choose any silhouette, from skinny to wide leg, as long as you keep the rest of the outfit polished.
Black or dark grey are other great options you can wear as well:
White jeans are also perfect for jury duty, you just need to avoid any see-through kind-of-white, or pair them with long blouses, blazer or jackets.
If you don’t feel like wearing jeans, although it’s completely acceptable, you can always wear trousers.
These are some stylish trouser outfit ideas on how to dress for jury duty to look polished but not too formal:
Even if you don’t get cold that easily, wearing layers is one of the most effective ways of looking put together with a casual attire.
However, it’s also important to keep in mind that courthouses usually have their A/C turned on and the room might get uncomfortably cold. And if you’re already nervous, a cold temperature will only worsen your nerves.
The key to mastering the art of business casual outfits is to wear a blazer. And, thank God, blazers are one of the trendiest pieces right now, so even if you don’t have one already (which I seriously doubt) buying one will not do you any harm at all.
If you want to take your jury duty attire to the next level, but still keeping it professional, opt for a plaid blazer. Plaids are one of the hottest patterns from 2019, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
A plaid blazer will make you look professional and trendy.
Slightly oversized blazers are a great idea for keeping your outfit in the right balance of formal-casual. Tailored blazers are not as trendy as oversized or long blazers, which makes the best excuse for wearing these trendier layers.
Any type of sweater that looks polished and “neutral” will do the trick.
Remember that jury duty is not about who dresses the best, so try to keep your look stylish but appropriate. Stay away from bright bold colors and patterns.
That’s why neutral color sweaters are the best option for you. Black, grey, camel, soft shades of pink, beige… Any of these options are great.
When it comes to sweaters, a fitted or slightly oversized one are the best ones. Super oversized tops are trendy, but they also have that street style vibe that will make you look too casual and unpolished.
You can wear embellishments or embroideries, but keep them toned down. Anything that’s too distracting is a total no.
A toned down shade of green, for example, will look cute and stylish:
Vests might not be your number one option, but they can make your jury duty outfit look polished and sophisticated. The best way to pair them are with long sleeve tops, only because they will keep you a bit warmer.
Formal vests can dress up any type of outfit, helping you look professional and stylish.
You can pair a long vest with a patterned long sleeve shirt. Stripes, polka dots, plaids… anything that’s chic but subtle is a great idea.
An easy but super chic styling tip for vests is to wear a belt over it, right at the waist. This will make you look like a fashion pro while adding some curves to your figure.
You can perfectly wear a dress to jury duty. However, it’s logical that you should stay away from above-the-knee or maxi length dresses. The first one because it’s too “sexy” and the second one because it’s too casual and relaxed.
So the best types of dress to wear to jury duty are knee or midi length dresses.
Neutral colors are always a great idea for jury duty. Sheath or shift dresses are classic pieces you probably already have in your wardrobe, and make a perfect jury duty outfit.
You can also wear something a bit more relaxed. A flowy dressed layered over a long sleeve shirt and a pair of booties is a great example of how a dressy casual outfit can look perfectly appropriate for jury duty.
If you’re looking for a petite juror dress code, try to wear something that will not “swallow” your petite frame. A cinched waist with a belt is one styling tip for petites who want to wear a flowy midi dress:
Any dress our outfit you choose for jury duty should have muted or neutral colors. Wearing midi dresses is completely appropriate for jury duty, as long as it’s toned down by its colors and patterns.
Just like dresses, a skirt’s length should be between slightly above the knee and mid-calf.
As you may know, pencil skirts are your best ally whenever you need to dress formal. Since a jury duty dress code doesn’t require a fully formal attire, you can dress your pencil skirt down with a knit top or denim shirt.
You can perfectly wear flats as well. Pair a midi skirt with your favorite flats for a comfortable and dressy casual jury duty outfit:
Flowy midi skirts and knit tops are perfect for a fall jury duty outfit:
The don’t’s of jury duty dress code
Last but not least, let’s take into consideration the things you shouldn’t wear to your jury duty summon.
Any slogan top
Bright/bold colors that can be distracting
Low cut or mini anything
Sneakers or sandals
Ripped jeans or tops
Uncomfortable shoes (you will probably be standing up for quite a while)
Bodycon dresses or super tight anything
In other words, avoid things that are way too casual or relaxed and things that are too flashy or distracting.
Attending jury duties might make many people nervous and it’s completely normal. Being part of any legal proceeding is an important and nerve-wrecking experience for anyone.
Dressing properly for such occasion is a great way of feeling confident and minimizing your nerves. These tips on what to wear to jury duty will help you take into consideration the do’s and the don’t’s, while giving you many outfit ideas you can perfectly pull-off.