Tonight's debate: What would you wear if you were running for president?
With presidential elections on the horizon we couldn’t help but notice the outfits Hillary Clinton has been wearing during her campaign. It’s refreshing to see the occasional pop of color this powerful woman is bringing to the stage during debates; purposely trying to distance herself from the traditional palette of her opponents' bland suits. Yet, it’s not a surprise she is committed to simplicity, because as we know, politics and bold fashion don’t go well together.
Unlike their male counterparts, women in politics have the added pressure of being judged for the outfits they wear. As an outlet, they use jewelry to break away from the boring "politically correct” outfit. Did you know that powerful women wear big necklaces to frame their face, the same way men use ties? From Margaret Thatcher and her majesty The Queen, to Michelle Obama and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Liberia's President. This rule is universal, a big necklace seems to be a common trait of power dressing.
The roots of power dressing come from the one and only Coco Chanel with the Chanel suit of the 1920s. Even Coco framed her delicate face with infinite rows of necklaces. So, when talking about outfits that project authority in a professional and political environment, keep in mind that simple monochromatic ensembles are in for the win—and don’t forget your big mama necklace.
But really, what would you wear if you were running for president?