Cardi B Just Provided Winter’s Most Surprising Outfit Inspiration

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There’s no denying that we’re currently fascinated by women who have been caught misbehaving. From Elizabeth Holmes fooling investors and the media to Anna Delvey claiming to be a German heiress and Lori Loughlin's college admissions scam, we can’t look away from them. And more specifically, we’re obsessed with how they dress, especially in court. Enter: Cardi B. Unlike the women above, she's not a scammer (she’s in court for a hearing regarding an alleged assault in a strip club in 2018), but nonetheless has used each of her court appearances to remind us she reigns supreme.  

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On Tuesday, the January Vogue cover star walked into Queens Criminal Court in New York City wearing an Adrienne Landau by Saulo Villela fur and feather “Queen’s” coat, a thin black tie, white button-down, trousers, and a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos. The coat retails for $2995.00 and is available for special order online

The courtroom outfit has long been a subject of fascination. Historically, defendants and plaintiffs alike wear muted, pared-down pieces of clothing to appear solemn in front of the judge and jury, with some major exceptions — like Naomi Campbell's Azzedine Alaïa dress, and Lindsay Lohan's manicure that was a literal “Eff You” to the judge. Now the courtroom outfit has become akin to a red carpet moment. It's a way for celebrities to act as their own historians, turning every public moment into a photo opp, a headline, a chapter in their memoir, or a visual flashcard about their narrative which they want to control.

We know Cardi doesn’t need more press — but with a coat like that one, it’s too hard for us to ignore. Cardi B let us know with her first Billboard number one hit "Bodak Yellow" that no one would ever out-work her. And with her memorable red carpet appearances and numerous fashion magazine covers, she's proving that no one can out-dress her, either.

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