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Cate Edwards’s Style at John Edwards Trial (Photos)

See photos of how Cate Edwards’ style choices balance out her father’s slick, cold image in court.

Cate Edwards, who has appeared by her father’s side every day of his trial, has chosen a casual courtroom style. See photos of Cate’s suburban look and how it balances out the cold, tailored smoothness of her father John.

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Cate, in a short fuchsia skirt, a loose-fitting taupe sweater and beige flats, walks by her father’s side as they enter the federal courthouse in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Cate and John Edwards leave the courthouse. In an untucked pink shirt and black tights, skirt, sweater and flats, she looks like she’s just gotten back from a parent-teacher conference—not a trial in which her father is accused of spending $925,000 in campaign funds to cover up his infidelity.

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Cate totes a pale blue Longchamp-style bag—expensive, but not flashy--while her father follows from behind.

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Modestly dressed in a red cardigan, black skirt and black heels, Cate walks out of a courthouse with her father in 2011.

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Cate has not always dressed older than her age. Here, in a denim jacket, patterned skirt and loose-flowing hair, she looks young and sunny on the day her father was selected as John Kerry’s running mate in 2004.

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 A more sophisticated Cate: in a colorful strapless dress at the Women's Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee Meeting in 2006.

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 In times past, Cate has shown off her fashion polish: in a tri-color dress at an afterparty for a John Kerry fundraiser.

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A 22-year-old Cate in a red top and black slacks with her younger siblings Jack and Emma Claire. If John Edwards is jailed, Cate may have to assume the role of surrogate parent for her brother and sister.

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Cate in a dark green top and skirt in 2004, waving at her mother, the late Elizabeth Edwards. At the trial, Cate has taken on a style that eerily resembles Elizabeth’s mature, maternal image.