The pop star has been reprimanded by a judge after she missed a court date to go jewellery shopping for a sparkly pendant.
But judging from her outfit, a lingerie store should have been her first stop to get herself properly fitted for some underwear.
Badly-fitted: Britney is all smiles as she leaves a jewellery shop near her Californian home on Friday, even though she was supposed to be in court attending a conservatorship hearing.
Britney, 28, was spotted at a luxury shopping centre last Friday near her home in Calabasas, California, bursting out of a bra which was clearly too small for her,
She should have been in court for a conservatorship (guardianship) hearing but instead, she treated herself to some pampering at a nail salon, where she brushed up on some dieting courtesy of a glossy magazine.
She then headed to designer jewellers Polacheck’s, where she bought herself a diamond pendant and was all smiles as she left the back door of the mall.
Thumbs-up: Britney grins for the cameras as she strolls round a shopping mall smoking a cigarette looking scruffy outfit and greasy hair
But she is in trouble with Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz who is angry that the singer was a no-show at the lunchtime hearing, and has ordered Britney to be in court this Friday.
According to Britney's people, however, they were under the impression the hearing had been postponed, after they asked Goetz to reschedule, fearing Britney would be besieged by the paparazzi.
But Goetz said that wasn't the case and Britney must now show up for court on January 22.
Material Girl: Britney tries on some earrings in a designer jewellery store
She said: 'The court was supposed to meet with Ms. Spears and there was a misunderstanding. I'm going to continue the matter until next Friday at 1:30 and she will be here.'
The hearing is to discuss the status of Britney's conservatorship and to see if it could be lifted, after her father Jamie Spears took control of her personal, financial and medical affairs in January 2008 after her very public breakdown.
This was extended in December and although the judge didn't specify how long the conservatorship will remain in place, but lawyers involved expect it to last somewhere between six months and a year.
Pampering: Britney even found time to catch up on her celebrity gossip as she waited to have her nails done