Fashion and Politics

Thank God, we finally have some better fashion in Washington.

Question of the Day: Who has the best style: MIchelle's Mom/Casual/Glittery Broach look or Sarah's Stiletto Boot/NRA member/Naughty Librarian look. 

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7 thoughts on “Fashion and Politics

  1. I think it’s a false comparison. Michelle and Sarah would both look very poor if they switched wardrobes/ stylists.
    They also have completely different goals with their wardrobes. While Palin gets called the “hockey mom,” it’s really Obama’s wardrobe that fits the Sit-Com Mom Have-It-All model, completely accessorized with June Cleaver’s pearls and Claire Huxtable’s legal career — totally unrealistic in the real world, except that it’s not a TV show.
    Palin has the more seductive physique and wardrobe that screams “look at me and pay attention, but don’t think too hard about it,” which is I think the goal, really.


  2. I don’t see anything terribly naughty about Sarah Palin’s attire. (Open toed shoes are naughty? Come on.) There’s been a somewhat sexist undercurrent in a lot of the Palin comments to the effect that attractive women are somehow responsible for the heads they turn and the reactions they induce, but they aren’t.
    Certainly Sarah Palin is much prettier than Michelle Obama–indeed, she is borderline “model pretty”–but that seems like a very sexist aspect of either woman on which to focus.


  3. I think the “sexist undercurrent” is more that Palin is not acutely aware of every portion of the image that she chooses to project when she appears in public — just like every other major politician is. Her strategy is to appear sexy to men, and her Republican supporters acknowledge and encourage it.
    “I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.”
    — Rich Lowry, National Review Editor, 10/3/2008


  4. Palin readily admitted in interviews that she had stylists choosing her wardrobe. In contrast, until Obama was First Lady I do not believe that to be the case (though would love to see some data). Stylistically, whomever dressed Palin did an excellent job. The cut of the clothing was perfect, and the clothing teetered on sexy; largely because she wears “fit” clothes. So too, she does have a lovely physique, which likes make dressing her very easy.
    In contrast, Obama’s wardrobe tends to focus more on color; bold splashes of color that very much suit her. She tends toward dresses almost exclusively. (Though there was the post this summer on 11D of Michelle descending Airforce 1 in shorts–quel horreur!) Because she has a pare shape, finding clothing that fits well is arguably more difficult. The center photo of Michelle is not uber-flattering, in my opinion. While she has gorgeous arms, her signature no-sleeve look is annoying when it’s 40 degrees outside.
    In the end, the Palin stylist really was amazing. And, we can’t sneeze at Obama either. I’m glad to have bid adieu to Laura Bushes’ skirt-suits….boring.


  5. I don’t get how women can walk in shoes like that. Can Palin? If so, why? I’d guess they were not her natural gear in Alaska.
    I think the question of whether Palin “flirts” with her male audience is complicAted. As evidenced by that quote. The wink was over the top. But, the smile? I think that’s in the man’s mind. Yes, there seem to be far too many
    en who think a smile from a pretty woman means that she’s into them. Especially odd when the smile is part of the relationship: waitress, flight attendant, politician.
    Male politicians flirt, too. Clinton? Even Bush, though in a frat boy way.


  6. Palin’s outfit is a very Macaroni-type outfit. I can see why you like it.
    It’s a bit unfair of me to force a comparison between Michelle and Sarah. They are dressing for different roles. I have really enjoyed watching both of them, even if one annoys the crap out of me when she speaks.


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