Really enjoyed your blog on politicians…. and noticed a few key things:
Monochrome tailoring works best.
It strikes me that you rarely see Christine Lagarde in coloured jackets. Hilary and Angela both fall foul of the ‘black trouser/bright jacket’ combo. This looks cheap.
Much better to play on the masculine dark grey/navy and white shirt classics, but add feminine details… a half hidden statement necklace or interesting scarf.
When Christine does do colour, she does Chanel… It is a recently new revelation to me, but designer clothes are made in better colours! they are richer, more classic, more definite and timeless. The way this vivid pink is trimmed with black stops her looking like a Legally Blonde-style politico.
Angela’s hair is a veritable helmet. Seemingly impenetrable to rain, shine or gail-force winds, it is as constant as her resolve on the Euro crisis.
Let me be the first to concede that i’m sure her hair is not top of her list of priorities (and I, for one, am grateful for that), but it doesn’t look normal. C.L’s silver locks are remarkably well styled. She looks natural, feminine and business-like all at once.
3.) One of the Boys
Just as most senior female politicians crop their hair, they also seem to want to dress to closely resemble their male counterparts….
Yvette Cooper here – fresh faced, clean side parting and wearing a grey jacket is almost prep-school in her appearance. Almost as though to succeed in politics as a woman, you must try not to draw attention to your sex.
One female politician who breaks all of the above rules though is the irrepressible Sarah Palin, whose flowing locks, overtly feminine, made-up, fur-wearing appearance has caused her to be one of the fastest ascending names in politics for years. She uses her femininity as an asset and makes no attempt to fit-into a depressingly male dominated environment.
Given the column inches given to THOSE shoes of Theresa May’s, it’s a brave decision of any woman in politics to dress as they might in their private life, or to represent their character, but as you point out, Aung San Suu Kyi is living proof that being female, and dressing in colour, or with style should not get in the way of power, strength or politics.