If you strip away the bad overhead lighting, the drab interiors, and the potential to be whisked away to jail, the courtroom is really just another place for celebrity defendants to perform, right? After all, court is a place where you're trying to convey your law-abiding persona to the 12 jurors and judge who hold your fate in their hands. And when you've got a headline-grabbing reputation as a hard-partying lawbreaker, dressing for court becomes absolutely critical to shaping juror perception — really, it's something of an art form. Consider the courtroom style book of Lindsay Lohan, who peppers her tucked-in taste with a bit of flair that says, "I may be in the wrong, but these giant sunglasses make me look oh so right." Notepads ready? Let's begin:
The Marilyn: Lohan may not have been considered for the title role in the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn, but for her Nov. 2, 2011, court hearing, Lohan pulled off the look with a capped-sleeve navy polka-dot dress that hides more than it reveals. Her short, wavy bob completes an overall smart, surprisingly subdued look that seems to exude cautious reserve. (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
The Business Casual: For her June 23, 2011, probation hearing, the for-now blonde star went Business Casual Barbie in a standard-style pinstriped button down and dark slacks. Her long locks are slicked back into a high pony tail that makes her look more like a prosecutor than a defendant. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
The Hillary: For her March 29, 2012, probation hearing, Lohan opted for a pale blue pants suit — a look once owned by Hillary Clinton. If success were measured by association, the troubled star clearly secured her comeback with this ensemble. (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
The Down-To-Earth: If you have to go neutral, own it. During her Dec. 14, 2012, probation hearing, Lohan seemed to leave her celebrity at the curb when she walked to court in pleated putty slacks and heels, an oatmeal sweater, and beige sunglasses. (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
The Innocent: This airy white ensemble, worn on Oct. 19, 2011, surely reminded jurors that LiLo was once as innocent and pure as freshly fallen snow... right? (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Rocker: Conservative, this is not. And really, few people can pull off a white, studded blazer. But Lohan's October 2009 attempt is a noble one. Perhaps she's subtly reminding jurors of her star power, which, in Los Angeles, can be a powerful ally... hopefully.(Nick Ut-Pool/Getty Images)
The Chameleon: Although still sporting her signature shades, Lohan's choice of a mint-green sheath is as cool and refreshing as freedom itself. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Classic: The little black dress is an item stocked in every busy gal's closet, and gives Lohan that stars-they're-just-like-us veneer that might help her in front of a sympathetic judge. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
The Plunge: While Lohan bucks the conservative trend with a plunging neckline, her tailored suit jacket and raven hair give her a more serious air. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Color-Block: This outfit, worn on Sept. 24, 2010, does double duty for Lohan. While the white skirt appears too flirty for the courtroom, it's the back-to-business black top and jacket that will be what's really on display during the seated proceedings. (Toby Canham/Getty Images)
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