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 equivalent rank of Captain or above in the armed services, they may wear a 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 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 have permission to wear the ceremonial dress of their service have the option of wearing a sword as part of their uniform.