Sunday, March 27, 2011

Remembering Ferraro, and her wardrobe

Last year, we took a look back at Geraldine Ferraro's look during her 1984 vice presidential run. Her passing yesterday has produced a flurry of memorial articles accompanied by images from that time, all the way through last year.

One of the most common is an AP file photo from '84 where is she wearing glasses, long pearls and an argyle sweater vest. At the time, it was a common preppy look but now she looks....pedantic? dorky? Part of that is certainly the pose. But this is not the kind of look she is typically remembered for.

It's usually something more like her Time cover, or the white suit she wore to accept the nomination, which features in this CNN clip, along with lots of other great '80s fashion:

ABC News has helpfully assembled a slide show of Ferraro through the years. I was most struck by the fact that objectively, she was always very much in style with career women of any given year, even if she did refer to herself as "a Queens housewife."

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's a match

Rep. Mary Kaptur appeared on Washington Journal this week to discuss defense spending. She wore royal blue:

You can guess what I'm going to say, right? One too many details - the ruffled lapel, the necklace, the House pin and THEN the earrings that match the jacket. It's time to turn to Coco Chanel: before you leave the house, take one thing off.

Her lipstick is great, though. It's a rich color for day, but it works because her lips aren't super full.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pulling back

Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference yesterday about the repeal of DOMA. She wore her hair pulled back in a bun:

The senator did two things really right in this hairstyle: She parted her hair to one side, and she created some lift in the front. Both techniques prevent an up-do from turning into a hair-plastered-to-my-head-do.

With this style, we do notice her ears more, and with them her earrings. Like many women with pierced ears, my guess is that the piercing sits a little bit low on the earlobe. This can cause small earrings like these to look very small, and the ears look larger. I would have gone with a slightly larger style here, perhaps a very thin, small hoop. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pointed Purple

Barbara Boxer spoke on the Senate floor this week about foreign oil. She wore a purple blazer:

A one button blazer a a bright, saturated color like this can veer in the direction of the cliche of the woman politician in the "colored suit." But this blazer works quite well - it is a flattering color for her, it is perfectly fitted, and it is paired with simple jewelry and a plain white shirt.

The key to wearing this much color is frequently to make that single garment the showcase and let the rest of the look recede.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Animal prints on television

We've talked about prints on television quite a lot, and it may seem sort of arbitrary what "works" and what ends up all wavy looking. But consider what happened when Rep. Barbara Lee made remarks last week on the House floor in honor of Black History Month.  Here she is on c-span:

And now here she is again, with video uploaded to YouTube:

A dramatic difference, isn't it?  As the video quality breaks down, so does the pattern on her jacket.  She looks great in HD, but not in you average web video.  Same camera, same footage, different results.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Who is the trend setter?

I had always planned to show you Secretary Clinton's remarks on Afghanistan and Pakistan last month:

And then on Sunday I watched the Oscars, and I knew we had to talk about this:

Square shoulders and cream colored Belgian lace overlay? I'm not sure it's the best look for either of them, but it is interesting to see how the lace trend that emerged on the runway three years ago has played itself out to this point. It's important to note that these are both evening looks - all over lace in the daytime would be great for a baby shower or a tea party, but probably not business.