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


Bradley Scott

Moving on to the Republicans. According to Rasmussen Reports, Indiana national committeewoman Dee Dee Benkie is “a dynamic political leader” who has a record of success advancing Republican causes “from the White House halls in Washington, D.C. to the Versailles town hall of her heartland home in Southern Indiana.” I always enjoy when women take fashion risks, because isn’t that what fashion is all about? Seeing how things work on the body and how they project to the public? Such a beautiful woman with big blue eyes should be complemented with some spark in her attire. Look how perfectly she wears the pink dress with the square pattern or the royal-blue dress with the pin tucks. That is what I’d like to see more of — more pattern and texture. She absolutely defines her role as a professional woman in her colorful jersey dresses, which have plenty of detail; I would just ease her into the next level of power dressing. Have a look and tell me what you think.

On to a favorite of mine, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, a woman who couldn’t possibly have earned more respect and admiration for everything she has accomplished, from her early years in the pre-civil-rights South to her current role as a professor at Stanford. Her wardrobe is as varied as her résumé, from office suits and shift dresses to evening dresses and ball gowns. I know one of her favorite designers is AKRIS, which is a very upscale line from Switzerland that hand tailors each and every piece that leaves the factory. Ms. Rice is another candidate for my best-dressed list, as I’ve never once seen her looking less than dapper on any occasion, whether for TV or official state business. She also looks good in nearly every color, and she always looks incredibly ladylike. Take a look at the different styles for different occasions, and notice that she nails each one perfectly, right down to accessories or lack thereof. 


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