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Author Topic: the politics of style  (Read 690 times)

milla

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the politics of style
« on: July 29, 2016, 11:40:15 AM »
Male politicians wear suits; nobody seems to bother with their sense of style and the fashion editors don’t write about them, apart from the occasional article on someone’s peculiar hairstyle… With women it is another matter. Sometimes it seems that the clothes they wear are just as important as their political views…or is it just my impression? How important are clothes to the public image of a woman in a position of power? Is there a particular woman whose fashion sense you admire?

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2016, 10:57:45 AM »
As First Lady here in the US, Michelle Obama all the way! She's taken lots of flack because she doesn't fit the previous more typically demure First Lady more frumpy fashion. However, she dresses exactly appropriately for her look and brings a fresh modern sense to a higher position without being inappropriate. Nice bold choices that look sharp! Plus she's highly-fit, so she can carry what she wears off, a mix of both high and low.

milla

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2016, 01:21:17 PM »
She is super-fit and her dress sense is amazing. I quite like Christine Lagarde's style (she is the French managing director of the IMF) even though I don't agree with her views. Her style is a more classic, but it is not boring;  I like the fact that she makes a feature of her grey hair.

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 09:58:12 AM »
Jackie O. gets my vote - imo, her style is timeless.
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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2016, 10:24:27 AM »
If Hilary Clinton is elected, I wonder if Bill Clinton's clothing will get as much attention as, say, Michelle Obama's choices. If not, I wonder why . . .   :rollseyes:

milla

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 04:50:43 PM »
I know what you mean...

milla

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2016, 03:10:26 AM »
 I am not one to gossip, as you know; God forbid that  I should say a bad word against anybody but...
SusieQ, Jacquie could make a simple, cheap outfit look expensive:

http://hbz.h-cdn.co/assets/15/31/1438113542-hbz-jackie-kennedy-additions-gettyimages-2902616.jpg

unlike some others who can make an expensive outfit look cheap:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2326406.1439588451!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/melania-35-web.jpg

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2016, 09:37:08 AM »
I am not one to gossip, as you know; God forbid that  I should say a bad word against anybody but...
SusieQ, Jacquie could make a simple, cheap outfit look expensive:

http://hbz.h-cdn.co/assets/15/31/1438113542-hbz-jackie-kennedy-additions-gettyimages-2902616.jpg

unlike some others who can make an expensive outfit look cheap:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2326406.1439588451!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/melania-35-web.jpg
Could not agree with you more, milla. I think that most people in film/public eye think that by wearing the latest designer's creation it makes them beautiful.  I think many forget that you're suppose to wear your clothes and not have your clothes wear you. :)
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milla

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Re: the politics of style
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2016, 10:58:26 AM »
When it all said and done, I think the way you dress is important. Not as important as your views/ actions of course, but if you are a woman in a position of power, you must look the part. The right clothes can also give you a look of authority and boost your confidence. It is difficult to strike the right note: Angela Merkel and our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, both dress like Head teachers in a posh girls’ school and Hilary Clinton gives the same impression.
To me the most improved politician in terms of wardrobe has to be Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish First Minister). Take a look at these two outfits:
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/10/16/1413433103301_wps_108_From_L_R_British_Prime_Mi.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/19/23/27BC63A500000578-0-image-a-20_1429483054575.jpg

The bag in the second picture spoils it a bit, but what a difference from frumpy to sleek!