LOS ANGELES — When in doubt, go the Audrey Hepburn route. Winona Ryder took a cue from that elegant pixie of old on Thursday, slipping into the Beverly Hills Courthouse in her second ladylike Marc Jacobs ensemble of the week and projecting an air of quiet humility as she passed through the metal detector for the third time since her arrest Dec. 12 for allegedly shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue. She wiill be arraigned on June 14 and there will be a trial.

The star, whose preliminary hearing was interrupted Monday when a news camera broke her arm, reappeared 40 minutes late for her 8:30 a.m. court date, wearing Jacobs’ pleated black chiffon dress, black suede Prada heels and a sling.

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But while Ryder appeared without a handbag Thursday, on that fateful December day, Kenneth Evans, head of loss prevention at Saks, testified that she was burdened with so many sacks — an aqua blue leather Marc Jacobs purse, shopping bags from Saks and Oilly and a garment bag from Barneys — that he had mistaken her for a homeless person.

And the alleged bag count grew when the district attorney’s office presented court evidence. Among the items displayed in the courtroom were a black suede bag from Natori and a black fringed Dolce & Gabbana along with a white Gucci dress, Frederic Fekkai barrette and Eric Javits hat.

But Ryder’s flair for fashion was a fact her attorney, Mark Garagos, used in her defense. “How many homeless people do you know who wear 3/4-length cashmere coats?” he asked Evans on the stand. “That’s one stylish homeless person.””

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