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Your Two Cents: Are Pantsuits Unfeminine?

Some anchors over at Fox News seem to think that a pantsuit makes a woman unfeminine. They dislike the outfit so much that anchor Brian Kilmeade says, "If I was to run for office, I'd run on the pro-skirt platform." So much jabber over a pair of pants. Watch:

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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I think pantsuits can be very sexy. Skirts have their place too. I generally preferably skirts myself, but I like wearing pantsuits too because it's so unexpected and demands your attention. I think I do feel more confident and authoritative in a pantsuit.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Savvy: "You're focusing on the fact that it's Fox News, not the fact that it's just another workplace." Exactly. People love to gripe about Fox News. More to the point, this is the kind of story a lot of American news channels would run. Can't listen to the clip right now, but I suspect the motivation is Hillary's wardrobe. A better issue might be that anything can look frumpy if it's boring, dull colors and/or ill-fitting. I would love to unleash the "What Not to Wear" team on Greta van Susteren (sp?), BTW.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Not everything is about Iran and New Orleans! I agree that some of the stories/commentary on these new stations is ridiculous, but don't forget, they are 24/7, so they are allowed to talk about something other than terrorism. This is the most insulting, sexist drivel I have EVER heard. "At Fox we're all about being feminine!" Ahhh I just would like 5 minutes with that guy, that's all I need... And thanks, Savvy, for posting this. I think it's part of your job to inform us on any issues pertaining to women in the workplace. This is even more than just about's how women are viewed professionally!
LuckyAnaiya LuckyAnaiya 9 years
why are we talking about this???? FIX NEW ORLEANS!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I thought the pantsuit Katie Holmes wore on the cover of InStyle this year was incredibly feminine! I think if it's a slender cut with the right jewelry, it can be really cute.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
A lot of interviewing tips tell women to only wear skirts. I wear them every day b/c they make me feel elegant.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Well, personally I think that men need to start being more masculine at the office. ;)
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
Veekore & foxie- This is absolutely SavvySugar related — I'm sure we all think about how we present ourselves at the office and spend time choosing what we wear. You're focusing on the fact that it's Fox News, not the fact that it's just another workplace. Sexist conversations like this aren't confined to news sets. Savvy
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I love Fox's "fair and balanced news". Gag me. I tend to get a lot more attention from the boyfriend in my powersuit... I think it says more about the FOX news anchors' "mine are bigger than yours" complex than anything else.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
There are some very nice and flattering pantsuits out there, but I tend to wear more skirts because they look better on me. To each her own.
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I can't BELIEVE we are having this discussion in this day and age! What business is it of theirs whether their coworkers wear pants or skirts. I wonder what these men's wives think of them. Ugh! This is why I don't watch any of these news commentary shows.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Wow, very sexist. I am just amazed that they tell women to cover up and now they are saying pantsuits aren't sexy. So, they want you smart, capable, and eye candy.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
personally i like pant suits...i think that sometimes the skirt suit is a bit dated...depending on what it looks like. it's the modern day when it's kind of cool to have a sexy pant suit - which still makes you look feminine and credible.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
And btw, how sexists and terrible is it for a man to make the accusation that pantsuits are unfeminine and that women should be wearing skirts or dresses to the office. Thank you Brian Kilmeade for sending us back about 50 years.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
It's just sad that our hard news stations will report on Anna Nicole Smith or Britney Spears or have a "playful" 30 second conversation about what women should be wearing to the office to look feminine. That is what Extra, E! News, the Style Network, and those other celebrity-based, non-news shows are for. Reporting on less important matter for a hard news show doesn't make other news less important it just takes away from the credibility of those news channels. I stopped watching all of those shows when they started putting BS or ANS, and crap like this on there. And CNN, Fox and the like do consider themselved hard news shows.
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 9 years
I have seen some GORGEOUS (and feminine) pantsuits...I've never once thought that they were any less feminine than wearing a skirt (just more comfortable and warm!)
foxie foxie 9 years
I disagree with that kind of reasoning... reporting on less "important" matters or having a brief aside every once in a while doesn't invalidate other, more pertinent going-ons. I'm also confused why it's on savvy, though. *?*
Veekore Veekore 9 years
@ foxie "I'm *certain* it's not because this is about Fox News, right? Because *surely* you all aren't that biased and petty, right?" It kind of is about Fox News. This kind of thing is just one indicator of how our televised news media SUCKS (not just Fox, though.) Is this clip really relevant in light of, oh, I don't know terrorism on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, tragedy in Darfur, Russia becoming more totalitarian? Who cares about pantsuits and non-pantsuits? I think this post is totally irrelevant to what SavvySugar purports to be about, which is "Bringing you everything from career advice to practical finance tips and guides, this is the place for all of your money and professional matters. "
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
How backwards can you get??? Ugh, disgusting male chauvinists ...
frimpled frimpled 9 years
Wow that was pretty ridiculous and sexist. But then again it's FOX. I don't expect much more from them.
foxie foxie 9 years
Um, you're all making mountains out of mole hills. I'm *certain* it's not because this is about Fox News, right? Because *surely* you all aren't that biased and petty, right? Seriously, you're all up in arms because they had a 30 second, playful conversation about pant suits vs skirts? I think you all need to reach inside your own pant suits and pull your panties out of the twist they're in. Word.
will205 will205 9 years
that is the most sexist and submissive clip i've ever seen - that was just plain stupid.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
cough SEXIST DRIVEL cough
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I am more comfortable in pants - and I have seen skirt suits that are much less feminine or flattering than some nice women's suits out there. I usually buy the jacket, pants and skirt for some variety, but I rely on pants in daily life. This is just beyond a ridiculous conversation - but it highlights how some niche areas and professions are still wondering about this. I'm sure it is a huge decision for women anchors - skirts or pants on the air? If there is variety, does one dominate? It is ridiculous. There are still courts (like the Supreme Court, for example) that require women wear skirts as appropriate attire. I am not quite sure why something that is entirely appropriate and formal on the next guy wouldn't be for me, but there are still some archaic standards out there. (How is showing more skin more formal?)
bokc bokc 9 years
Why are they engaging in such a ridiculous conversation? (The nicest was I could put it!) Clearly, FOX must have ran out of stories for the day.
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