Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s offbeat style made her a fashion icon

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Ginsburg’s contributions towards gender equality and voting rights were immense. It is not just through her work, Ginsburg stood out in her superior sense of fashion, which made her a pop culture icon.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When it comes to Ginsburg’s signature style, it is her popular lace collars (jabots) that deserve special mention. “The standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show and the tie, so Sandra Day O’Connor and I thought it would be appropriate if we included as part of our robe something typical of a woman.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg had a huge collection of jabots. She gave a glimpse of her many different collars in her chambers at the Supreme Court building in Washington, in 2016. Apart from her designer collars, Ginsburg broke professional barriers by sporting fishnet gloves, inspired by the Art Deco style in the 1920s. Blue is the colour of justice and was Ginsburg’s favourite colour too. In fact, some New York landmarks were lit blue to honour her after her death. Besides, she also brought back the style of oversized glasses; here is a glimpse of it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg was particularly known to be a fan of the colour red and was spotted wearing the shade on various occasions, according to Here is a 2010 picture of the fashion icon in a red jacket that she wore to The Women’s Conference in Long Beach, California. Ginsburg also experimented with patterns and embroidery. She was often seen in embroidered jackets and trousers. Here is a picture from 2015 where she wore an intricately designed jacket during a Women’s History Month reception at Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill.

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