Pres­i­den­tial fash­ion tips

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton, 68, is used to the pub­lic spot­light and the crit­i­cism on all as­pects of one’s life that it en­tails – right down to her fash­ion choices.

Stylists have had few pos­i­tive things to say about her taste in cloth­ing over the years. And yet the US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has suc­ceeded in carv­ing out her own in­di­vid­ual look that points to her strengths.

So what pro­fes­sional tips can women learn from Clin­ton’s style choices?

The list of Clin­ton’s clothes to have in­spired sar­to­rial snark is nearly as long as her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer: her flower-child look as a young woman, the hu­mon­gous glasses, the no­to­ri­ous hair­bands, the ma­tronly skirts. And let’s not get started on what’s been said about her var­i­ous hair­styles.

This elec­tion sea­son in the US has proved hardly dif­fer­ent when it comes to dis­sect­ing Clin­ton’s look, with the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee’s ap­pear­ance be­ing dis­cussed nearly as heav­ily as her po­ten­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion.

And yet the tone has changed from past years, to the unan­i­mous con­sen­sus that the for­mer sec­re­tary of state has fi­nally found her own style, “a time­less aes­thetic that works for her,” as The Wash­ing­ton Post news­pa­per has de­scribed it.

Clin­ton has be­come the Lady in Pants, whether it’s a mono­chrome suit with a power jacket, or a two-tone en­sem­ble, nei­ther fea­tur­ing too much flair or fin­ery.

She’s not in­ter­ested in be­ing a fash­ion icon, like some ac­tresses of the same age or the cur­rent first lady, Michelle Obama, with her arm­less shift dresses.

In­stead Clin­ton has de­vel­oped her own look, one that makes her ap­pear strong, both as a woman and a politi­cian, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple me­dia out­lets.

Most me­dia out­lets have ceased ask­ing the for­mer first lady how much she’s spent on her cam­paign wardrobe, al­though The New York Post es­ti­mated it has reached about US$20,000 (RM84,000), in­clud­ing a tweed jacket that alone sup­pos­edly cost more than US$12,000 (RM50,400).

How­ever, let it be said that her ri­val, Repub­li­can pres­i­den- tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, loves ex­pen­sive Bri­oni suits that most Amer­i­cans could only dream about af­ford­ing.

Clin­ton’s clas­sic look is jack­ets, es­pe­cially in brash shades of red or blue, with a slen­der fit in the shoul­ders and a wider cut in the hip re­gion.

It’s not that she dis­likes fem­i­nine cloth­ing – when she was first lady, Clin­ton could of­ten be seen sport­ing a skirt or dress – but like many women, she’s un­der­gone mul­ti­ple fash­ion phases, al­beit with her pub­lic im­age of­ten in mind.

For in­stance, she turned down a chance to ap­pear in Vogue dur­ing her first shot at be­com­ing pres­i­dent in 2008 for fear of ap­pear­ing too fem­i­nine.

Such a con­cern is now far from her mind as a proud mem­ber of the “sis­ter­hood of the trav­el­ing pantsuits”, as she once called it. And even though it’s easy to miss, Clin­ton does change up her look as far as such out­fits al­low, pick­ing dif­fer­ent col­ors, sleeve lengths, fab­rics and neck­lines.

The best in­di­ca­tion that she’s fi­nally found a look she’s com­fort­able with? She now pokes fun not only at her clothes, but even her hair. There won’t be any grey in her White House, she said last year while ramp­ing up for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. “I’ve been dye­ing it for years.” – dpa

Stylists have had few pos­i­tive things to say about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s taste in cloth­ing over the years. And yet she has suc­ceeded in carv­ing out her own in­di­vid­ual look that points to her strengths.

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