Tom Brady clearly studied the playbook when he prepared his outfit for the NFL hearing at the U.S. Federal Court in New York Monday. Here's the breakdown of the look: classic blue-grey peak lapel suit with pick stitching, crisp white shirt with an ironed collar, pocket square, and a summer appropriate black knit tie. It was in this outfit that the New England Patriots star quarterback not only saw Judge Berman criticize, and eventually toss out, the four-game suspension leveled against him by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but also had him looking sharp in the process.
Even in courtroom sketches done by Jane Rosenberg, the first of which went viral, Brady looks every part the distinguished citizen who would never try to disgrace the sport or deceive American football fans. Entering the federal building for the second hearing, the four-time Super Bowl champion presented a figure that was confident while respectful. And while dressing well won't necessarily change a verdict, law experts agree that it can turn the tides in your favor.
Presenting a clean-cut image in court is a tremendous benefit to your representation's ability to argue on your behalf, according to the law offices of Cohen & Jaffe. And wearing inappropriate clothing could get you thrown out or fined. So follow these rules and maybe you'll see yourself getting out of that next parking ticket "Brady Free."
Wear the most conservative one you own, but avoid black. Stick with blues and greys, and tailor it so it doesn't look like it's borrowed from your lawyer. The tie should be a solid color, avoid a flashy design. Make sure everything is clean and presentable. Don't forget a belt.
Nice black or brown leather dress shoes should do the trick. Absolutely nothing open-toed. Last year a Georgia judge made headlines for kicking out a defendant for wearing sandals.
If you have a beard, trim it. If you have stubble, shave it. Clean yourself up like you're on your way to a first date. That means you shower, brush the teeth, trim the fingernails, and comb the hair. Don't expect to wear your ball cap or sunglasses in the courtroom.
Try to avoid wearing excessive amounts of jewelry beyond a simple watch, especially if money is being discussed in any way. Your goal is to be perceived as a responsible and moderate in your lifestyle. And many judges are still old school, so covering your ink is for the best.