Courtcore: The most stylish female lawyers on-screen

by Monica Andrews

New research has found that searches for Elle Woods’s clothing, hair, and make-up are greater than any other fictional women lawyer, making her the most stylish in film and TV.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski trial in Utah swept the internet last week. The actress was photographed wearing several expensive yet subtle outfits, reminiscent of the ‘quiet luxury’ trend, meaning designer clothing with minimal-to-no branding. This prompted viewers to investigate details of her wardrobe, generating huge online buzz. It became one of the biggest celebrity trials since Depp v. Herd.

A new style trend, “courtcore”, was then coined by Vanessa Friedman in The New York Times. Google Trends data shows that searches for ‘court fashion’ have risen by 156% over the last 30 days, soaring after the trial finished, with internet users hungry for more iconic courtroom fashion.

This led fashion experts at Karen Millen to find out, using Google search data, which female lawyers in film and TV receive the highest number of combined monthly searches for fashion, hair, and make-up-related terms.

The most stylish fictional female lawyers

The most stylish fictional female lawyers



Number of Google Searches for their style 

Elle Woods

Legally Blonde


Rachel Zane



Olivia Pope



Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal


Jessica Pearson



Kim Wexler

Better Call Saul


Diane Lockhart

The Good Wife


Annalise Keating

How to Get Away with Murder


Miranda Hobbes

Sex and the City


Alicia Florrick

The Good Wife


Elle Woods from Legally Blonde is the most stylish fictional female lawyer in the world, based on 44,040 estimated monthly style-related searches. Reese Witherspoon’s portrayal of Elle earned her a place in fashion history. Elle’s pink, exaggerated, hyper-girly wardrobe became iconic for many viewers for showing femininity and intellect at the same time while fighting to be taken seriously as a professional. Legally Blonde’s cultural impact is evident, with her look replicated by generations of influencers, including Kim Kardashian, and the hashtag #legallyblonde currently racking up 1.5 billion TikTok views. Despite its release over 20 years ago, ‘Elle Woods costume’ is still searched over 12,100 times a month. 

Rachel Zane, Meghan Markle’s character from Suits, is the second most stylish fictional female lawyer, with 14,890 monthly searches. Rachel’s wardrobe consists mostly of tailored pencil skirts, knee-length dresses, slim-fitting shirts, and sleek court heels, mostly in neutrals. Her wardrobe is envied by many viewers, with ‘Rachel Zane outfits’ searched over 4,800 times monthly. 

Olivia Pope from Scandal is the third most stylish, based on 7,800 monthly searches for her style. Olivia, played by Kerry Washington, was a lawyer before creating her own crisis management firm. Her on-screen style is widely-documented. Neutrals with occasional pops of color, exaggerated tailoring, statement coats, and power dressing encapsulates Olivia’s executive style. Over one in ten monthly searches are made for her coats alone. 

Ally McBeal, played by Calista Flockhart, receives 940 monthly style-related searches and ranks fourth. The miniskirt suit became synonymous with Ally, bringing a young, playful spin on professional style to the screen. One-quarter of all searches are just for Ally’s skirts. The shortened hem, paired with matching slim blazers, crisp t-shirts, blouses, and button-ups, was perfectly on-trend in the Y2K era. It mirrored what was happening on the runway, and the micro skirt came back last year at Miu Miu. A new Ally McBeal series is reportedly in development.

Jessica Pearson, played by Gina Torres, is the second Suits character to appear on the list, ranking fifth with 600 monthly style searches. Jessica is the firm’s boss and has a wardrobe to match. She’s seen on-screen often wearing simple, impeccably-tailored outfits with interesting silhouettes. Jessica will sometimes wear a statement piece, such as a coat or blouse with intricate sleeve detailing, often in an asymmetrical cut. To keep it clean, she will opt for minimal jewelry.  

Kim Wexler from Better Call Saul is the sixth most stylish fictional female lawyer, receiving 510 monthly style searches. Kim, played by Rhea Seehorn, is the main leading female character in the show. In the early series, Kim’s wardrobe consists of typical corporate attire: pantsuits and dresses in conservative cuts and colors. However, her style develops throughout the series, becoming darker with vibrant undertones and no longer wearing skirts.

The Good Wife’s Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, is the seventh most stylish, based on 500 monthly related searches. Credited with granting lawyers the permission to ditch the plain black suit, Diane took corporate power dressing to a new level. Structured blazers in daring prints and bold, over-the-top accessories and jewelry made her go-to source for lessons in corporate fashion.

Viola Davis’s character in How to Get Away with Murder, Annalise Keating, is the eighth most stylish fictional female lawyer, with 440 monthly searches for her style. Annalise’s wardrobe is effortless and sharp. She’s often seen in court wearing her signature outfit: a bodycon dress, a well-tailored blazer, court shoes, and a black leather bag. Annalise’s style encapsulates the cash-rich and time-poor high-powered professional, always put together without ever trying too hard.

Sex and the City’s Miranda Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, is the ninth most stylish with 400 monthly searches. Miranda’s wardrobe, though way more subtle than the rest of the cast, has aged well and is now an archive of normcore fashion inspiration. The high-powered New York lawyer, with her classic choppy red bob, showed us so much style versatility throughout six seasons and two movies. From dungarees to well-cut power suits to an iconic green kaftan and matching headscarf, Miranda became one of TV’s most underrated fashion icons. 

Alicia Florrick, from The Good Wife, rounds off the list as the tenth most stylish on-screen female lawyer, based on 370 monthly searches for her hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Alicia’s sartorial style embodies the high-powered executive: fitted, elegant, understated, and minimal fuss. Her executive wardrobe is a carousel of designer corporate fashion, including Tom Ford-era Gucci runway silk shirts and a Michael Kors jacket also seen on Michelle Obama.

The most stylish female lawyers in real life

The most stylish female lawyers


Number of Google Searches for their style 

Amal Clooney


Michelle Obama


Camille Vasquez


Kamala Harris


Megyn Kelly


Ruth Bader-Ginsburg


Lori Lightfoot


Hillary Clinton


Judith Sheindlin


Margaret Thatcher


Amal Clooney is the most stylish lawyer in real life, based on 23,380 monthly Google searches for her style. Amal is a Lebanese-British barrister who specializes in international and human rights law. She is married to actor George Clooney.

Former first lady Michelle Obama has the second most influential style based on 17,620 monthly searches related to her hair, makeup, and wardrobe. She graduated Harvard Law School in 1988 and reportedly met Barack Obama while working at a Chicago law firm. 

Camille Vasquez has the third most influential style out of any female lawyer, receiving 11,150 monthly style-related searches. She became a prominent figure during the Depp v. Herd trial while representing actor Johnny Depp.

The current vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, is the fourth most fashionable female lawyer, with 10,950 monthly Google searches for her style.

Former lawyer-turned-journalist Megyn Kelly is the fifth most stylish. She receives 6,370 monthly estimated searches for her style. 

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, a former member of the Supreme Court, has the sixth most influential style, which is searched 6,070 times per month. 

Lori Lightfoot, attorney and 56th mayor of Chicago, is the seventh most stylish female lawyer. There are an estimated 5,000 searches per month for various aspects of her wardrobe, makeup and hair.

Hillary Clinton, former United States secretary of state, receives 4,840 monthly style-related searches, making her the eighth most stylish lawyer.

Judith Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy, is the ninth most stylish, with 4,400 monthly searches. 

Former barrister and United Kingdom prime minister Margaret Thatcher has the tenth most influential style. She receives an estimated 3,730 searches for aspects of her style.

A spokesperson for Karen Millen commented on the findings: “It is fascinating to see Elle Woods at the top of the list as film and TV’s best-dressed female lawyer, whose style influence has been at the top since over two decades ago. While everyone on the list has their own style, Elle’s has arguably has the biggest impact, with more style-related searches than the rest of the top ten characters combined.”

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