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 of Barrett’s outfit choices. ‘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.
‘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.
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
The color choices for both days were also carefully thought-out, Perry believes, telling DailyMail.com that, while they were bold and vibrant, they stopped short of being too excessive or bright.
In other words, the colors drew attention to Barrett, and helped her to stand out in a dark room filled mostly with people wearing dark suits, but didn’t make her look as though she was desperate to being the central focus at all times.
‘She wanted to stand out against the dark suits in the room but not in too flagrant a way,’ the style pro observed.
‘[Barrett] kept it toned back so as to pay mind to her conservative ideology. I’m still a woman I’m representing women but I’m being appropriate.’
Wearing such bright colors was also an opportunity for Barrett to send a message of ‘hope’ to the public amid the pandemic, with the ‘toned back’ shades ensuring that she also appeared duly respectful of the somber times.
‘I think choosing a color like that is very optimistic and hopeful during a very challenging time, obviously,’ Perry said. ‘She is saying, “The future is bright, and so am I.”‘
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”‘
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.
The $425 pink dress she chose for day one, for example, was a more figure-hugging style than her second ensemble, however it featured a longer hemline.
‘I found it to be the perfect balance,’ Perry said.
The detailing on the neckline and chest of the dress was also another subtle reminder to the people in the room around her, and the general public, that Barrett is a ‘stylish woman’ who has the same interests and fashion interests as other women like her.
‘I think that shows a bit of style, but it’s still very appropriate,’ the fashion expert added, pointing out that the detail serves to draw some attention, without looking out-of-place or extravagant.
Meanwhile, the red skirt suit was baggier and less form-fitting, allowing Barrett to be a bit more risque with her hemline, which rose above the knee, showing off the SCOTUS pick’s bare legs and her chic, but sensible heels.