Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wait it out

Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller gave remarks on the new START treaty last week. She wore a red jacket:

This brick red color works for her, but the proportions are off. The wide collar and chunky jewelry are out of proportion with her closely cropped hairstyle.

Considering her facial features, I would recommend a somewhat longer hairstyle, just to give some volume, particularly on the sides. Waiting longer between haircuts might well do the trick.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When the best is nothing at all

Amy Klobuchar's recent video on food safety gives us a great view of her choice in glasses:

Glasses with bold frames are a popular fashion choice right now, but for Senator Klobuchar, this rimless pair is a win. They allow us to see as much of her eyes as possible, which is important since her eyes are a bit smaller in proportion to her face.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New accessories, new look

When the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act came around again last week, Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor. She wore a red dress with a scarf:

Do you recognize her dress? I bet you don't. We saw her wear this dress with one of her signature large bead necklaces earlier in 2010.  But the scarf gives the dress a whole new life, creating a different focal point for the outfit and introducing several new colors into her palette.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Shine doesn't make you a star

It's holiday time, and it's easy to start focusing on what you'll wear for the parties each evening while losing sight of how those looks translate into day wear.

Have a look at the blazer Rep. Carolyn Maloney chose for an appearance on New York's Capital Tonight:

This shiny silver jacket is straight off a "day to night" page in a magazine.

But multipurpose dressing often doesn't translate well for television. Items that you can get away with in normal daylight look much less appropriate under the strong lights needed for television cameras. The effect is a lot of light being reflected back at us, distracting from Rep. Maloney's face and message.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In living color

Kay Bailey Hutchison gave a floor speech last week on tax cuts. She wore magenta and purple:

This look is a significant departure from what we usually see on Senator Hutchison. She chose bold colors instead of her signature pastels, but also went to a softer silhouette with a cardigan, instead of her usual structured jacket. The effect is well balanced and fresh. Don't you think she looks younger?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Color me senatorial

Lisa Murkowski recorded her comments on offshore drilling this week. She wore brown:

This jacket might be a little bit big in the shoulders, but this shade of brown works well for her. We've seen the senator struggle with color selection in the past, but lately it seems that the electoral fight of her life may have pushed her into a more somber but also more flattering color palette.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Up around the neck

Senator Gillibrand spoke to State of Politics this week about Don't Ask Don't Tell. She wore a dark suit and a blue print blouse:

Although blue is a great color for the senator, the style of this blouse is all wrong. The business of the print and the fussiness of the ruffles don't harmonize with her overall look. It sort of looks like she's wearing someone else's clothes.

Remember, you can like a garment a lot and it can still be all wrong for you. Don't get so caught up on one element (like color) that you don't pay enough attention to the other elements, like silhouette and style.