How Amy Coney Barrett dressed to impress women at Supreme Court hearings: Fashion expert says nominee used ‘feminine’ colors and ‘alluring’ silhouettes to show she ‘represents’ women while fielding questions on abortion rights and Catholic beliefs
- On Monday, Barrett, 48, wore a $425 fuchsia pink dress from British brand The Fold, which targets its designs at ‘modern, professional women’
- She paired it with a pearl necklace and a pair of pale pink pointed-toe heels
- On Tuesday, she opted for another vibrant color, arriving at the hearing in a bold red skirt suit made from a tweed-style fabric
- Stylist Gayle Perry told DailyMail.com that Barrett was trying to emphasize her ‘femininity’ with the outfit choices – particularly the colors and shapes
- Perry explained that Garrett struck the ‘perfect balance’ between highlighting her feminine side and staying true to her conservative roots
- She added that Barrett chose some ‘alluring’ aspects, including her three-quarter length sleeves, and her hemlines
- The colors, Perry noted, also helped Barrett to stand out in a room of dark suits, but without making her look as though she was being too showy
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett may have done a great deal of talking during the first two days of her confirmation hearing – but she also allowed her outfits to make a serious statement, particularly when it came to appealing to her fellow women.
The 48-year-old’s choice of vibrant, bold colors and elegant silhouettes for both days of the hearing was an intentional move to remind the public of her femininity, and to make clear that she is a ‘woman who represents women’, style expert Gayle Perry told DailyMail.com.
While abortion rights and questions about her personal Catholic beliefs dominated the second day of the hearing, Barrett took steps to ensure that she struck the ‘perfect balance’ between highlighting her feminine figure while remaining true to her conservative roots, Perry said, pointing to her knee-length hemlines and three-quarter length sleeves as examples of this.
Sending a message: A style expert has revealed how Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett dressed to emphasize her femininity during her confirmation hearings
Balance: According to stylist Gayle Perry, the 48-year-old struck the ‘perfect balance’ between showing an ‘alluring’ amount of skin, while also appearing ‘appropriate’ and ‘conservative’
Vibrant: Perry noted that Barrett opted for bright colors on the first two days of her confirmation hearin because she wanted to appear ‘hopeful’ for the future
‘I think the goal was for Amy to make a statement of femininity,’ the fashion stylist explained.
‘But also the style is very classic. It’s not too risky, it’s very appropriate. The hem is just perfect.’
According to Perry, the choice of a three-quarter length sleeve for both days of the hearing was incredibly significant, noting that this is a tip she often gives women in a professional setting, who want to appear respectful, while also amplifying their feminine side.
‘I always recommend that women roll up their sleeve because that’s a very alluring part of a woman’s body; it’s showing some skin, but not too much,’ she said, adding that Jackie Kennedy Onassis often used this styling trick.
‘It’s almost sexier than being booby. It’s a very alluring part of the body and on all body types too. It doesn’t matter what your body type is, you can show that area and it will look alluring.’
But Barrett’s choice of ‘sexy’ sleeve length was not about impressing any men in or outside of the hearing, but rather reminding everyone that she is a woman who other women can ‘rely on’, Perry suggested.
Details: The $425 pink dress that Barrett wore on day one had detailing around the neckline and chest, which Perry said helped to remind people that she is a stylish woman
‘Alluring’: Both of the outfits worn by Barrett had three-quarter length sleeves, which the fashion expert said help to add a ‘sexy’ edge to a look, without seeming trashy or flagrant
Demure: While the $425 dress that the nominee wore on day one was more figure hugging, it had a lower hemline than her day two look – an example of the ‘balance’ that Barrett aimed for
‘I think she wanted to stand out and say, “I’m bringing femininity here but you can count of me and rely on me. You can count of me to be here and take care of women,”‘ the fashion expert said.
Addressing Barrett’s individual style choices for the two days of the hearing, Perry noted that in both cases, the Supreme Court nominee has aimed to strike a ‘balance’ in so far as representing both a conservative point of view and a feminine image.
Changing it up: On the second day of the hearing, Barrett wore another bright color – however Perry noted that the tone was not so bold that it made her look over-the-top
Stand out: The red and pink tones helped Barrett to stand out in a room of dark suits, Perry explained, but the colors were slightly muted in a nod to her conservative roots
Statement: ‘I think she wanted to stand out and say, “I’m bringing femininity here but you can count of me and rely on me. You can count of me to be here and take care of women”‘