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Undressing Hillary's Wardrobe: Hot or Not?

Undressing Hillary's Wardrobe: Hot or Not?

Hillary Clinton takes some heat for her sunny pantsuits. Today, the UK Guardian featured a piece titled: "Why Does Hillary Clinton wear such bad clothes?" The article explains that Hillary walks the line between being dangerously sexy and looking like a tedious maternal nag.

These considerations may have prompted Hillary to opt out of a spread in January's Vogue, and incur the displeasure of Anna Wintour who said: "The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying."

Still, not all female politicians are criticized. Tim Gunn thinks Nancy Pelosi is pretty fierce, and Condi Rice, who rocks a mean power suit, has even made an appearance in Vogue.

Suits are boring. Period. Therefore, I tend to think that attacks on Hillary's style are often cloaked attacks on her figure and by extension her gender. These critiques don't apply to male candidates. Is it possible to celebrate femininity while conveying power? Even if it's unfair that women have to consider style, do you think Hillary would benefit politically from a makeover?

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remedios remedios 9 years
seriously? people care?
sparkleluvr sparkleluvr 9 years
She definitely needs a makeover, both with her wardrobe and her political views.
gbychan gbychan 9 years
:gag: Makeover!!!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I don't think an anti-mullet hair cut and a few CLASSIC suits you know... gray... blue... black... maybe even burgundy?? would be okay... and no shoulder pads??? You can look nice and not be a diva...
elenaaronson elenaaronson 9 years
Suits do not have to be boring, but she can't be accused of being flashy, and anything she did that looked really good would be criticized just as much as the not-so-nice suits. it's a lose/lose situation.
liciababe liciababe 9 years
Madinat I totally agree with you. It's not soo much that she is only wearing pants but that the way she dresses makes her look kinda manly or at least not at all feminane. But she has always been a crappy dresser so this is nothing new.
VllyBallChck VllyBallChck 9 years
Im sorry but the baby needs help... and fast!!
starsmom starsmom 9 years
Hillary's fashion choices are fine for her.....it's interesting that no one comments on John McCain's wardrobe nor whether or not Barack Obama has made the correct fashion statement......
burnsjl burnsjl 9 years
I agree, ktownpolarbear. Is anyone criticizing what Barack Obama or John McCain are wearing? Then again, I think the men have it easier because their choices are more limited - there is no question about whether or not to wear a dress! Caterpillar girl, I'm not sure who called Hillary sexy, but your comments cracked me up, especially the one about Monica's dress. By the way, I saw a woman wearing a pink salwar kameez the other day and she looked so feminine and pretty. Being caucasian, I think I would look like a total idiot wearing that or a sari, but they look comfortable and the fabrics are so beautiful!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
yeah, she COULD use the services of a stylist, but really what shouldn't matter? if she's campaigning and stumping all day, then let her be comfortable in her pantsuit. what she decides to wear does not have any role in her ability to be a leader. this would never even be an issue for a male candidate. this is pretty ubogus.
burnsjl burnsjl 9 years
That dress is horrible, but I think she usually looks good. Being in politics, she can't go too crazy. I like the pantsuits; they look good and are practical for all the travel she does. I think she usually dresses in good taste!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I just shot pepsi out of my nose, the word Sexy and Hillary do not belong in the same sentence together much less the same zip code. She got a makeover, it didnt work. May i suggest a paper bag or maybe borrow monicas old gap dress, it should smell familar.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
Well, one thing's for sure... A makeover certainly couldn't HURT!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Tedious maternal nag. Best description of her ever! I dont think she needs a make-over now, I think she needed one a LONG time ago. At this point, whats the difference. She was never an attractive lady, there's really nothing you can change about that.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Sorry for the rant!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Seriously, as long as she looks put together, who cares what she wears? I mean, I wouldn't want a president (male or female) who looks like they just rolled out of bed or anything, but beyond that, it doesn't really matter to me how a person dresses. (And, for the record, I'm not really a fan of Hillary's, but the reasons have nothing to do with how she looks.) As for her wearing skirts less, I don't think it really has anything to do with her making a concerted attempt at to be more masculine; I think there are so many others explanations for it. Other people mentioned most of them, but I'm going to mention some again. Maybe it's easier to campaign in pants. I know I wouldn't want to be getting in and out of buses, etc. in a skirt, wearing nylons that kept riding up, and worrying about getting runs in them. Also, it's cold. She marched in the St. Patrick's day parade in Pittsburgh recently. I would much prefer to wear a professional pants suit and be able to walk comfortably, rather than freeze in the cold weather. Lastly, as someone else mentioned, she's getting older. Hillary is a few years older than my mom, and I have noticed my mom wearing skirts less and less in recent years, partially because she is less comfortable with how her legs look. There's nothing wrong with changing your look as you age. Bill Clinton entered office what, 15 years ago? I doubt there's a woman (or man, for that matter) who hasn't changed her/his style in the last 15 years. Also, barring the dress in this picture, I really don't see anything bad about the way Hillary dresses. She's running for president, not sitting in the front row at Paris Fashion Week!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Seriously, who cares and if you do why. Maybe Hilary dresses for Hilary. Maybe she sees something and think wow that looks great and I love it and I am going to wear it. Is this really a debate or news worthy. We are such an obsessive society that must rip someone a new a**hole just because they are not like everyone else. She is not attending fashion week, she is not walking the runway, she is not a model or in the fashion business. Her business is politics and she dresses the way she wants to, not the way people expect her to or what every other political woman dresses like. That is why people have their own personal style whether or not you agree or disagree.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
If I was running for office I would likely switch to pantsuits as well. Not all of us care to run around doing everything with skirts on. I'm sure she has not ABDANDONED skirts LIKE FOREVER!!!! Lol. I'm sure she'll wear a lovely ballgown to her inauguration ball. And just because a man here or there gets picked on for his hair color or weight loss or whathaveyou, does not mean the entire state of his existence and political views are being put on the chopping block, as is the case for Hillary so many times. It is so sad that this is an issue in this day and age. She's not a celebrity running to Starbucks with her 2 pound carry-around dog and sunglasses the size of Rhode Island. She's a politician. I wish people would let this rest and grow up and stop judging people on the color of their skin or pantsuit and start judging on character.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Ugh, y'all. Hilldawg doesn't wear skirts b/c she's got short, frumpy legs and calves. They don't look good on her.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I still think that the idea that to be viewed as female you need to wear skirts is ridiculous. Like I said before its completely 1950's June Cleaver. There are plenty of women who are female and feminine and never wear skirts or dresses. Growing up I use to wear shorts ALL the time and now I never wear or even own them does that make me less of a woman?(and yes I realize skirts and shorts are different) Luckily we live in a time where we do have a choice. For the longest time pants were only for men but now we can wear trousers and jeans and be equal to men on a wardrobe level. Hillary has made the choice to wear pants instead of skirts. That was her personal choice for whatever reason. I do not think that her clothing preferences should affects someone's opinion about her. There is more to a woman and her "femininity" than what she wears and its sad that in this age we still connect the two. Believe me I understand that around the world there are cultural differences in what makes a female and how she should appear but I will always believe that being female and being feminine should not be defined by your clothing BTW Madinat- I know we both have different views on this but I wanted to say thanks for being nice. People are usually quick to attack so I appreciate your calm manner :D
Madinat Madinat 9 years
dude, skirt=female. that's why men (aside from kilts, sarongs and other traditional wear-this is america right?) DON'T WEAR THEM! men wear jewelry plenty (in my culture anyway--seems like on this side of the pond it's just a wedding ring and watch, that's if you can even consider a watch jewelry) meh, doesn't seem like you're ever going to understand what i mean. i'm offended because she doesn't wears skirts AT ALL. most of us (not ellen degeneres of course) wear a skirt or two even if pants are the majority of our wardrobe. i just feel (and this is still my personal opinion) that her not wearing skirts ever again is sending a message to women that in order to be taken seriously you need to dress their way. i DO NOT GET IT. to me it seems part of this whole look: blonder, shorter, pants! i mean to never wear a skirt ever again? ever? it was SUCH a part of her wardrobe before that it IS a big difference from someone just throwing out those two skirts they have in their closet because they never wore them anyway. she had waaaaaaay more than two. oh yea, people commented on hillary's awful outfits when she was first lady, so that's why i brought up laura bush. i still can't agree with your statements on muslims and tradition, clothing and gender. but that's a thesis i'm not ready to write here. after all, islam really IS a religion of peace =) so yea, that's my piece. i just at least had to TRY....
JaeB JaeB 9 years
Also: skirts ≠ femininity. I'd find it most offensive for someone to imply that because someone else has made a choice not to wear skirts as often, they're suddenly not accepting or showing their "femininity". What is "femininity", anyway? Who defined it so? How the heck is contingent on clothing?
JaeB JaeB 9 years
I used to wear skirts. I don't wear skirts anymore. I found they're inconvenient when running or sitting on the ground. I don't wear shorts anymore, either. And I live in California. Personal preferences all around. Statements? Not so much. Would be silly if they were. Am I running for President? No. And if I were? My preferences wouldn't change unless they were going to anyway, and my wardrobe wouldn't change until then, either. I'm glad that, as women, we're not required by society to make room in our lives for the less convenient garment if we don't want it to be there. At least, I don't *think* we are.... Let's let ourselves off the hook, no? :) Choice is good. And I heartily respect Hillary Clinton's choice, as well as Laura Bush's.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
No one comments on what Laura Bush wears because she is not running for president. Before Hillary entered the race she did not receive anywhere near the amount of criticism as she does now. There would be occasional comments about her clothes but frankly no one cared even though she was wearing pant suits all the time in Senate. Its all about the situation here
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I am quite the quoter :D and I don't mean to miss the point you are trying to make When I mentioned Benazir's dress I guess I was use to images of when she was in Pakistan and in more traditional garb. I do know Muslims and am fully aware that not everyone follows the traditional dress code. I would say though that in this day the uniform of women is not the skirt anymore. If anything the pant trumps the skirt in popularity. What is nice is that every single one of us has a choice. I guess to get back to my original point is if she did start wearing skirts she would get so much flak for it. She really just cannot catch a break so she is just following the easier route by wearing a tailored paint suit. Does it make her less feminine? No Personally I would like our society to be more acceptable of a woman in Hillary's position to dress as "feminine" or un-feminine as they like without consequence and backlash
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