In Capitol Fashion
Our best-dressed (and not-so-best-dressed) political women


Bradley Scott

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has often been the target of writers and pundits for her abundance of colorful pantsuits and ill-fitting jackets. I have to say, over the years, things have improved in that department. (I’m not sure how they could have worsened) I’ll begin with the object of much controversy, the column-of-color pantsuit, treading delicately so as not to disrespect the variety of shapes a woman’s body can have. The secretary has chosen many tasteful and elegant options, and I hope she continues to do so going forward; it’s about knowing what works and what does not. Secretary Clinton has stated openly that she isn’t a fan of her hips and legs, so why deliberately choose bright vivid colors in silk or wool pantsuits? Take a look at the images I offer you and see how much better she looks in a colorful jacket paired with black pants, with a silk scarf around her neck tying the look together. She immediately looks half her size. I would also caution the secretary against wearing ultra-textural tweed; it tends to give too much of a 3-D effect to her jacket, adding unnecessary bulk.

Moving from the woman who is fourth in line for president to the woman who used to be second, we focus our attention on Nancy Pelosi, now the House minority leader. Oh, how it pains me to admit I like her choice of suits, considering how strongly I disagree with her politics. She is an example of a woman who recognizes her position in government, and how the right clothes are part of the message she wants to send to those with whom she meets and negotiates. I’ve selected a series of images showing the congresswoman in different settings. They demonstrate that she clearly has a sense of her own style and that dressing one’s age does not mean resorting to a frumpy or dated look.


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