New court reporters often ask what we think they should wear to meet with a client or to a deposition. Our response is along the lines of making a good first impression; when you dress for court reporter success, you’re wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself, represent your profession, and reflect the quality work you’re providing to the client. If you think that’s jeans and t-shirts, think again.
Attorneys and business professionals make up the majority of our clients. If you’re meeting with them or attending depositions, we recommend dressing like you’re part of their legal team. Why? Because you are! As reporters, we’re familiar with courtroom and legal processes and procedures. How we dress should reflect that level of knowledge and the quality of client you’re working with. Ultimately the goal is to provide high-quality transcripts and service to retain clients over time. That doesn’t happen in flip flops and shorts.
Dress for Court Reporter Success
We understand North Carolina summers can be hot and muggy and winters often require boots. That doesn’t mean you attend depositions in shorts or snow boots; it means you plan your wardrobe ahead of time. Bring a change of clothes or shoes if you think you will need it to look your best.
Our recommendations for dressing for success include dress pants or slacks, blouses or dress shirts, ties for men, belts, polished dress shoes, and conservative colors (black, white, gray, navy blue). Save the hot pink blouse for after work hours and the patterned pants for date night. You’re at the deposition to record what’s being said, not to be a fashion plate.
Business Casual Conundrum
What does business casual mean to you? For some of us, it means a pants, sport coat, dress shirt and shoes, no tie but for others it means khaki pants and a white t-shirt. We call it the business casual conundrum and it speaks to the generational differences in the workplace. We advise our court reporters to err on the side of conservative when it comes to what to wear.
The other conundrum is when you’re working with an attorney who is dressed casually. We still recommend you dress the part of being part of their legal team, even if they don’t. What you wear as a court reporter reflects you as well as our agency and we aim for success.
If you’re interested in learning more about our North Carolina court reporting services, contact us today! We’re dedicated to providing professionals to serve your legal and business teams.