“Coulda copped to a one to three do/Still took it to trial, even though I blew/Crooklyn style, that’s how we do it/Ill gangsters and ain’t got to prove it…” Lil Kim “Whoa”

So with all the Hollywood bad girls doing wrong lately (DUI’s, shootings, slappings of maids and manicurists), I thought it intriguing to look at how a star’s style changes once they’re in the court room, fighting for their freedom. The once outrageous and in your face suddenly become demure, upstanding…and dare I say even classy? Let’s take a look:
When out on the town, Nicole Richie favors dresses in loud, bright colors to offset her hair and skin tone….

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…and has no problem flashing her legs in short cocktail frocks. But she left her psychadelic, bright tendencies at home when on trial recently for DUI…

…going for a Jackie O aesthetic with a black collared shift, matching black status bag, and face obscuring, shame hiding shades. All excess was abridged, as if to say, “I’m a good girl now!”
Cell phone chucker Naomi Campbell similarly switched it up when en route to court. She normally has no problem strutting her stuff in short frocks in fun feathers and sequins…

…but looked like she could be no the corporate payroll when she went to court in January 2007 for assault…

…rocking a reserved shift, black jacket, stockings, and mary jane pumps. I must give it to her, she still kept it painfully chic in her blunt banged haircut and large black shades. Naomi C keeps it fierce at all times!
I hate to admit it, but cantakerous manicurist hating Foxy Brown holds it down as well. She loves bright colors…

…patterns…

…and deep, deep bra exposing v’s…

…and opted for a buttoned up version during her trial for assault earlier this year. She looked fly in bright colored tops that buttoned at the neck, knee length skirts, tweed suits, and stillettos…

…all accented with fashionable Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi bags.
While everyone cleans up for court, few transformations are as glaring as Lil Kim, whose style we looked at yesterday. She looks slutacious in most situations….

But appeared in court for her July 2005 perjury accusation looking like a secretary! She rocked stale khaki pant suits…

Tailored jackets…

…and gray skirt suits covered with fur trimmed coats…

…fit for a church mouse!
Need a look that’s says innocent yet chic? Try the following:

Top Row: Milly Cowl Neck Shift Dress, $285, www.intermix.com; Fendi Zucca Spy Bag, $2,000, www.eluxury.com; Diane von Furstenberg ‘Revolution’ Stretch Charmeuse Top, $198, www.nordstrom.com.
Middle Row: Sutton Studio Exclusive Tweed Dress, $129, www.bloomingdales.com; MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversize Round Sunglasses, $80, www.nordstrom.com; Geo Tweed Jacket, $118, www.whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Bottom Row: Silk Charmeuse Tie-Neck Top, $59, www.spiegel.com; Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 35, $645, www.eluxury.com; Dolce Vita York Lace Up Pump, $138, shopbop.com
Smootches!
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