tvfashw124.jpgDiane Lockhart, the high-powered attorney played so deftly by Christine Baranski, is smart, savvy, connected and in control.

These qualities displayed in the CBS Tuesday hit The Good Wife extend to her elegant and exquisitely tailored wardrobe.

Baranski describes her character as “a woman who is extremely successful in a position of power and authority, who has a real style sense. In my work on her back story, I see her in living in a duplex overlooking Lake Michigan. She has a very refined lifestyle. It means a lot to her to be a great hostess. She supports women’s causes and is really put together. She does not have a lot of time, but she has the money to spend on clothes.”

Baranski envisions Lockhart as having a personal shopper at luxury stores. Diane has one in costume designer Daniel Lawson.

Baranski and Lawson are mindful that Diane project the polished Chicago woman with a modern sensibility.

To achieve this, he shops at Bergdorf’s, Saks, Bloomingdales and Century 21.

“Whenever I buy something for her I ask, ‘Does it look expensive? Does it look chic?’ ” Lawson says. “I don’t care if it comes from the Gap or Daffy’s or Bergdorf.”

She wears pieces from Akris, Magaschoni, Elie Tahari and Anne Fontaine. Diane also wears dresses from various designers including Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana.

For suits, Lawson prefers Hugo Boss, Versace, Armani, Brioni and Rena Lange. Diane also wears Ralph Lauren separates.

Though they keep her accessories to a minimum, Diane favors bold baubles such as Trifari and other vintage jewelry, which they buy at one of Baranski’s favorite stores, Grape in the Shade.

Lawson also buys Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry and pieces from The Clay Pot.

The show doesn’t devote much of its budget to her shoes. She wears Manolos, 9 West and Stuart Weitzman.

Though most can’t afford to shop for such expensive clothes, Lawson advises those seeking Diane’s sophisticated look to “get the fit. Please don’t get stuff that is too tight. It just looks like you are stuffed into the outfit. And make sure you hit the length, whether a pant or a dress. Hit the length that flatters you the most. The sleeve length doesn’t have to come all the way down to the wrist. It’s a matter of looking for those good staple pieces that you can use from outfit to outfit and have the modern fashionable styled pieces that you can add to that, and it won’t break your heart to get rid of them. You need to be ready to spend the money. Don’t be afraid to invest in a good piece because it will take you through years of wearing.”

Posted by:Jacqueline Cutler