Dress Code for Expert Witnesses
When dressing for testimony, expert witnesses should remember Marshall McLuhan’s maxim, “The Medium is the Message.” Because the way they dress could have unintended consequences. A three-piece suit might imply “hired gun.” Plaid could be distracting and suspicious. A black suit might evoke thoughts funereal; a A red tie, Christmas, or worse yet, Donald Trump.
Think about it: Did you ever see Perry Mason looking like Colonel Sanders or Tom Wolfe?
What should one wear?
Stick with the tried and true – muted tones, preferably gray and blue suiting. Opt for medium color tone ties, not pastels. Don’t compete with your message, support it.
While I am not opposed to flag-pins, I caution against wearing large watches & pinkie-rings.
Ultimately, the expert’s duty is to deliver credible and convincing testimony. So experts should dress in such a way that does not distract from or undermine their message. Simply stated, it’s what you say not what you look like that should be remembered.
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