Dress

On formal and ceremonial occasions, High Sheriffs either wear Court Dress, a suit of black silk velvet trimmed with cut steel buttons, based on the style of the mid-eighteenth century or if they attained the rank of Captain or above, or its equivalent, in the Armed Forces they may wear military uniform.  The current High Sheriff wears military uniform.

Lady High Sheriffs have generally adapted the style of the traditional Court Dress to suit their requirements, including a hat adorned with white ostrich feathers.  Traditionally they do not carry arms themselves but some lady High Sheriffs have a sword borne before them on ceremonial occasions by a cadet.  Retired lady officers of the Armed Forces who wear military uniform have the option of wearing a sword.