I have to believe that it’s possible to talk about Hillary Clinton’s clothing in a way that’s not sexist or condescending and that largely reflects our society’s general interest in the fashions of famous people. Let’s try to do that right now.
In a story about the challenges of styling politicians, the Business of Fashion hits all the usual points: most politicians pay for their clothing out of pocket or with campaign funds, one must always strike a balance between looking good and looking professional and trustworthy, and so on.
They also threw in a curveball that delights me to no end: none other than Anna Wintour herself has been part of the Hillary Clinton Politi-Glam squad.
Clinton has been consulting American Vogue editor-in-chief and Democratic party fundraiser Anna Wintour on her wardrobe choices for key moments of the campaign, BoF has learned. On certain occasions, Wintour has approached designers to procure outfits for Clinton, who has settled into a uniform of brightly coloured pantsuits and jackets by US designers.
Of course she is.
Ahead of her historic speech tonight, Vox reports a surge in Google searches for what Hillary will be wearing. On one hand, no, male politicians—and men in general—do not face anything like the scrutiny of their wardrobe and physical appearance Hillary Clinton has gotten her entire career. However, are you telling me you have zero interest in what she’ll be wearing tonight? I know the hell I care.
There’s a way to enjoy fashion and Hillary Clinton’s place in the fashion world without reducing the discussion to stereotypes about women or undermining her actual accomplishments. Obviously I know that her campaign bullet points are more important than her shoes, but it is, in fact, possible to care about two things at once.