Monday, July 25, 2011

Final word on scrunchie-gate

I know it's summer and you may have (like me) spent some time at the beach, and some more time basking next to the air conditioner, and basically let some routines go. But I bet no matter what you were reading, you heard about the day Hillary Clinton wore a scrunchie. Oh boy did you. The story was everywhere - you would have thought she stepped off a plane wearing one of my grandmother's house dresses:
Carole Print Sundress, Lilac Floral, Small

And yet I wonder, was the scrunchie really such a problem? I'll let you decide:

We've talked before in this forum about how Secretary Clinton isn't particularly well served by pulling her hair back. It tends to focus us in on each individual feature of her face, instead of seeing her face as a dynamic and expressive whole. I think it's that discomfort that we're really reacting to here. There's nothing wrong with wearing a little white silk ruffle in your hair - and ultimately, that's all a scrunchie is, provided it's clean, well cared for and made of good materials, just like all the rest of your clothing and accessories.

The other thing I think some of my fellow bloggers and journalists were reacting to is simply that it's Hillary Clinton, a woman whose looks have been a lightning rod since her public life began. On another political woman, this might have been a non-story. If you're skeptical, simply ask yourself: Did you hear a single word out of anyone when Kirsten Gillibrand wore a banana clip in the Senate last week?

No, you didn't. Not until now.

The forecast in DC today is a high of 92 degrees. I might pull my hair back. Now let's grow up and get back to work.


  1. "Now let's grow up and get back to work."

    Great attitude. You sporadically post, which makes you look uncommitted and unreliable.

    You say you want these politicians and others to contact you for work as a stylist yet you post something this condescending and childish?

    Good luck with that - and your muumuu and scunchie.

  2. I'm a little confused here. You think I was being condescending to the press and bloggers? Because this post was mostly about all the press coverage of the fact that Hillary Clinton wore a scrunchie, which I felt was unwarranted, so I talked about why.

    Which, by the way, I did on this free blog, which I have time for when I'm not spending time with my clients and others who pay for my advice.