In honor of the final State of the Union address tonight, I will address fashion and the female politician.
Interestingly in February’s issue of Vogue magazine, editor Anna Wintour laments “Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female presidential hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking to feminine.” She goes on to offer her style advice to Ms. Clinton by way of a Calvin Klein suit entitled “Suit Yourself”. But she raises the question, what is a female politician to wear to be considered intelligent and serious, yet feminine? Is she restricted to a pant suit to be taken seriously? I hardly think so. Vogue.com takes the issue one step further, by stating “Hillary’s going to need a makeover if she is going to be our president for the next 4 years.” They offer this ensamble from the Chanel Spring 2008 collection for a meeting with the Chinese president.
Photo Credit: Alessandro Lucioni and Matteo Volta
Last Thursday, January 24, the Wall Street Journal published an article ‘Women in Power: Finding Balance In the Wardrobe’. In this article it contends “Nowadays, women who want to be taken seriously look to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Condoleezza Rice for style cues, much the way young women have long followed the lead of the celebrity set.”
In my former professional life, I wore a suit everyday and I must say I never once looked to Hillary Clinton for fashion advice. But then again, I was not the CEO of my company either. What do you think? Are they business fashion icons?