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


Bradley Scott

Aside from the hype over what Michelle Obama wore to the president’s inauguration in 2009, fashion and politics aren’t typically mentioned in the same sentence. So I decided to combine my interests in the two topics and take a look at some of the most powerful, best-dressed women in national politics.

Let me start off by saying that my reasons for complimenting or criticizing a subject’s fashion sense will not be affected by my political views. Don’t get me wrong, it will be a difficult task. But I, your humble analyst, will remain a professional.

So let’s begin! I’ve separated my list into equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans.

Let’s start with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Vogue recently did a photo shoot with the DNC chairwoman, who wore a sampling of $2,000 dresses in the midst of a campaign where she targeted Mitt Romney for his wealth and for being out of touch with “normal everyday Americans.” So, when she’s not posing in Vogue photo shoots, how does Mrs. Schultz rate in the style department (which should be an important part of her day-to-day life, considering she heads the Democratic party)? As Coco Chanel said, “If it doesn’t fit perfectly, it’s a disaster.” I would love the opportunity to do a custom fitting for the congresswoman, and my advice would be for her to wear more silk printed scarves in order to freshen up the dark suits she wears for interviews. I’ll discuss later on, when we get to Leader Pelosi and Secretary Hillary Clinton, how pantsuits can in fact work. Here are images for your reflection.

Let’s move on to another D.C. powerhouse, one who dresses beautifully: America’s Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Jill has exceptional taste; she embraces her body while understanding how a well-tailored dress can put forth a sexy yet serious silhouette. In her role as second lady, Dr. Biden has brought attention to the sacrifices of our military families and those wounded in combat. She also raises awareness for health issues specific to women, such as breast cancer. If that weren’t enough, she teaches full time at a Virginia college. Her attire must reflect these roles and must not come across as too tricked up, or as if she were dressing for the Paris runways. I think she is a hit in everything she wears. Notice how beautiful her dresses look on her body — how they lay flawlessly and how she looks like a million bucks without even trying. Her confidence brings out the life in the garments, and that is the telltale sign of a woman who absolutely feels comfortable in her own skin.