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What to Wear to Jury Duty (With Photos + What Not to Wear)

Last Updated: October 12, 2021

We all get that extra special letter in the mail at some point. But, if this is your first time going to jury duty, you may be unsure as to what you can wear. Believe it or not, you can actually be turned away due to your outfit and forced to reschedule, so you definitely want to get it right the first time. We’re going to talk all about what to wear for jury duty, including a few examples of appropriate attire and what you should definitely avoid.

What Not to Wear to Jury Duty 

Although there isn’t an official dress code for jury duty, some garments should generally be avoided to avoid being dismissed. You can also typically find a list of what not to wear on court county websites, so check for this first in case their information is a bit different.

That said, here are a few general things you shouldn’t wear to jury duty: 

  • Tank tops + halter tops
  • Hats
  • Flip flops
  • Shorts
  • Mini skirts
  • Graphic tees
  • Crop tops
  • Loungewear
  • Workout clothes
  • Open-toed shoes

If you wear any of these pieces, you run the risk of being turned away and having to reschedule. If you’re wondering what to wear to jury duty to not get picked, don’t. This may sound good at the moment, but you’ll have to reschedule and waste even more time. So, you’ll want to get it right the first time. 

To avoid the risk, it’s always best to dress a little nicer and look well put together (as if you were going to a casual business meeting). But, you are not necessarily required to wear a suit. Let’s talk about a few items you could wear that would be appropriate. 

What to Wear to Jury Duty

Here are a few things that are acceptable for jury duty attire. 

  • Business attire
  • Dress shirt
  • Button-up shirt or blouse
  • Suit
  • Business dress
  • Business skirt
  • Business pants

To be honest, you don’t have to go out and buy a new outfit or get super dressed up (unless otherwise requested by your court’s jury duty dress code, or if you simply want to). But, keeping clothes business-like and more on the safe side will always be acceptable in case you’re worried. 

As a rule of thumb, wear your nicest clothes (even if that’s a pair of clean white sneakers and non-ripped jeans). Avoid anything with rips or stains and anything offensive. 

Can you wear jeans to jury duty? Can you wear sneakers to jury duty?

You can wear jeans as long as they are not ripped, and the same goes for sneakers as long as they are clean and preferably solid-colored. You don’t want to get too casual otherwise you could get suspended and have to come back another time. 

With that said, you’re also going to want to opt for loose-fitting clothes and clothes where you won’t get too hot or too cold. You will be sitting for a while without the ability to get up, so you’re going to want to be as comfortable as possible. 

With that said, we now want to share a few outfit ideas to help you with some inspo for your jury visit. Of course, the goal here is to dress respectfully, look well put together, and feel good about the way you look, so we’ve shared a few different combos you can play around with. Here are a few of our favorite looks:

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Jury Duty Outfit Ideas

Black Jeans + Blouse  

Good thing long blazers are in this fall! This simple look features black jeans, a loose-fitting dress shirt or blouse, a neutral handbag, and a blazer or professional-looking coat. This outfit is respectful and appropriate for the court, and also gives a cute business-casual vibe. 

The added touch of the coat is always an excellent idea, as you may get cold in just a blouse. Overall, this outfit is cute, clean, and easy to pull together!

Get the look: Longline blazer, white blouse, black jeans, white bag

Tucked In Button Up + Jeans

When it comes to the question of how to dress for jury duty, this is the perfect example of a loose-fitting and comfortable look that is appropriate. This outfit features a striped blouse (although you can opt for solid black or white) tucked neatly into black, loose-fitting jeans paired with simple black, low-rise heels that are casual and comfortable. 

The model also has her hair down in a clean way that would be acceptable to wear in the jury. When in doubt, comfort is always better than a luxury look!

Get the look: Stripe button-up, high-waisted black jeans, and simple black heels.

Skirt + Blouse

This simple jury duty outfit that features a business skirt paired with a white shirt. This gives the perfect combination of casual and business! You can also trade out the white tee for a white blouse instead to create a more comfortable outfit in the cooler weather. 

To spice it up, even more, you could throw a neutral scarf on top to give it even more pizazz.

Get the look: Mid-length business skirt, white blouse, nude heels, black bag.

Matching Blazer + Pants

Want to go all out? Pull out your favorite blazer with matching pants (or just buy one). We know you want to. Blazers are cute on their own, but matching pants take you to an entirely new level.

Even though it’s jury duty, it’s the perfect excuse to channel your inner boss babe.

Get the look: Pink Pinstripe blazer + pants

Bottom Line

While nobody likes jury duty, you should have no issues as long as you follow the simple guidelines above for what to wear to jury duty. Although it’s not something that you may be stoked about, it is necessary and is something that has to happen regardless of if we want to, so we might as well look good while we do it. And honestly, if you wear any of the outfits mentioned above, you’ll be making heads turn. Because, after all, who said that business couldn’t be confident and sexy?  

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