Tuesday, March 30, 2010

McMorris Rodgers vs. Schwartz: Trendy vs. Old School

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the level of formality in what women in the House were wearing during the health care debate varied widely. At no time was the variety more pronounced than when Allyson Schwartz spoke right after Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Here they are:
Rep. McMorris Rodgers is on this spring's military trend. It's a cool look, but the relaxed fit and cotton fabric of the jacket combined with the loosely tied scarf make it rather casual for the House floor. Maybe on a regular session day, but this was a big, high profile day, so I would have gone for something with more structure in a more powerful color.

Rep. Allyson Schwartz went in the opposite direction, both ideologically and with her look. Here we see the classic red jacket, gold necklace and carefully coiffed hair. She wore this with black pants, which kept the overall look more businesslike - had she gone for the matching red skirt and pumps, we might have thought she wandered in from an anniversary party instead of coming deliberately to work. I still think the overall effect is more dressy than professional, but not bad.

At least no one was wearing blue eyeshadow. Oh wait, that's tomorrow's topic!

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