WHAT TO WEAR WHEN: Appearing In Court as the Defendant in the Well-Publicized Murder Trial of One’s Dearly Departed Husband

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Tricky, tricky, tricky! 

  • Maybe the best idea is to think of this as a job interview. You are a candidate for the position of “Person Who Is Not In Jail.” Dress for the job you want!
  • Striking a balance between “frumpy and harmless” and “also very responsible and trustworthy” is tough, but it can be done. The polka dots on this Romwe top are disarming, without being irreverent. 
  • The Phillip Lim kimono jacket is the key piece here: elegant and a little unusual, it prevents your pencil silhouette from appearing inappropriately sexy, while also, you know, making sure you stay just sexy enough.
  • Glasses are a great prop. For one thing, they distance you, visually, from the “gold-digging murderess” whose pictures have been splashed across tabloid pages for months. You can remove them to blot your tears with one trembling hand, or stare imploringly at sympathetic jury members with your conveniently magnified eyes (which should NOT too heavily made up — a simple beige shadow palette with waterproof brown or navy liner and a layer of clear mascara will suffice).
  • The luxurious, understated glamour of these Tom Ford frames will also remind you that you are better than everybody else in the courtroom. Even as you abase yourself for their sympathy, never forget that you could buy and sell every one of these rubes.
  • Color, as long as it’s a little somber, isn’t verboten. The sweet touch of sage on these cap-toe pumps by Proenza Schouler is the perfect way to say “I fully understand the gravity of my situation, but this trial is a farcical smear campaign against an innocent woman, and when I am free I will dance on all of your graves.” 

ROMWE top / 3 1 Phillip Lim short kimono jacket / Blumarine skirt / Proenza Schouler high heel shoes / Christian Louboutin black bowling bag / Rachel Leigh bib statement necklace / Tom Ford Optical Wire-Frame Glasses, Brown