When it comes to fashion choices, Hillary Clinton is best known for what has been dubbed her “rainbow of pantsuits.” But lately, Hillary’s fashion choices have become more sophisticated, more sleek, perhaps more suited to the leader of the free world?
I’m not the only one who’s noticed. Project Runway’s Tim Gunn commented earlier this year that he thought Hillary’s fashion choices were looking more “presidential.” Could Gunn’s fashion ESP be right?
“Look at her now — she’s gone through quite a transformation again. … I’m always talking about the symbiotics of clothes — clothes can send a message about how we’re perceived and I think she’s looking very presidential.”
Clearly Hillary is a girl who loves color, but recently she’s been seen wearing a range of grays with the pop of color in her jewelry. Has she embarked on an effort to look more serious and take the clothing conversation off the table to avoid the gendered criticism of her 2008 campaign? if so, who could blame her. In her Secretary of State days, Hillary was still taking a lot of heat for all aspects of her appearance.
But today, she’s looking more refreshed and more refined. Plenty of critics say we shouldn’t care what women politicians wear, since men rarely receive such scrutiny, but if the medium is the message, and that’s certainly more true today than ever, then Hillary is sending us the clearest signal yet about her 2016 intentions with her appearance:
Maybe Clinton is taking a page from the IMF’s Christine LaGarde ‘dress like a leader’ playbook:
Or, since she’s been seen in the company of Vogue‘s Anna Wintour recently — rumor has it that Hillary just might be on an upcoming cover of Vogue, timed to coincide with an announcement perhaps — maybe there have been some image consultations in the famed “closet.”
Hillary is clearly playing it smart. She doesn’t need a tan suit moment or a “Glamour don’t” sweater vest sighting. To keep voters focused, she’ll need to keep the wardrobe card off the table from now on. It certainly seems like that’s exactly what she’s doing.
Joanne Bamberger is an independent journalist and journalism entrepreneur who is also the author of the book Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. She is the founder and publisher of the The Broad Side. Joanne is at work on a forthcoming anthology exploring our society’s love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton. You can find Joanne on Twitter at @jlcbamberger. Also, follow The Broad Side on Twitter at @The_Broad_Side and on Facebook!