Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's different for girls

Yesterday, DCist directed us to what they called The Best Campaign Video You'll See All Year. Here it is:

Council candidate Bryan Weaver does a fine job with the video and his wardrobe: nice tie, good colors. The shirt is maybe a tad too big. But all fine.

This video got me thinking, though, about how frustrating it is that the campaign trail equivalent of "loosened tie, rolled up shirtsleeves" for women is "it depends." It depends on the place, the time of year, the activity at hand. But let's imagine this video was made by a female candidate running for the Ward 1 Council seat. What should she wear? What says "I just stepped out of my office where I was doing Very Important Professional Work to speak with Regular People in a Relaxed Manner" in just the right way? And allows you to "run" across the Ward? I would suggest this:
Campaign trailFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

A shirtdress is dressed up and relaxed at the same time. A full skirt allows plenty of movement, probably more than lined dress pants would. Ballet flats are practical and professional enough to hide your toes. Stud earrings add just enough sparkle without dangling around and being distracting. And sunglasses are a nice nod to the season, the outdoor setting and the "dressed down" moment. When a woman can't roll up the sleeves of her shirt, she can push her sunglasses on top of her head.

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