Here's what was so unusual about Coleen Rooney's Wagatha trial outfits

Her court looks made headlines at the time

Coleen Rooney
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The Wagatha Christie documentary has landed, and it's all we can talk about in the Marie Claire offices. At the time of her court case against Rebekah Vardy, the entrepreneur made headlines for her sleek trial looks, which comprised of tailored dresses and suits.

What we didn't know at the time, and what is rather unusual, is that Coleen bought almost nothing new to attend her court hearings, instead opting for looks she already owned.

Coleen Rooney

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Opening up about her courtroom style at a screening of Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story, she said, "I think the fashion aspect of the court case made it a bit less serious in the tabloids. At the time, I wasn’t focused on that, but when you look back, it really became a show for everyone else. For me, I just looked in my wardrobe to see what I had that was appropriate for court and I worked around that."

While Rebekah opted for a designer-heavy wardrobe including pieces by Dior and Prada, Coleen mixed high-street and designer pieces including a Chanel bag she's had for years. 

Many at the time thought that this was a strategic move, to achieve a 'girl next door' look and thus gain more sympathy. 

Coleen Rooney

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"The press said that I planned to go more ‘girl-next-door’, but that was what I had in my wardrobe and that is me! Whereas they said Rebekah went more fashion focused, but what she wears is her choice and nothing to do with me", Coleen said.

"Why should I make so much effort to go to court when I didn’t even want to be there? I look back now and think, 'Oh, I should’ve got a blow dry some of those days!', but I didn’t want anyone in my room on those mornings before I went to court. I’d lost weight so some of my clothes had to get taken in, and also I had that boot because I’d broken my foot. The fashion thing wasn’t on the top of my list."

You can watch the three-part documentary on Disney+ now. 

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.