Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Can Pingree match Snowe's style?

Yesterday's surprise news that Sen. Olympia Snowe will not seek reelection this fall led to all manner of speculations and predictions, including the idea that Rep. Chellie Pingree might run for her seat. During her term, Senator Snowe has developed a distinct and effective personal style. What can we recommend for Ms. Pingree with a newly heightened profile?

We've seen Rep. Pingree struggle with prints in the past, and that seems to continue recently. Consider this black and white print:

Unlike Senator Snowe, who looks best in sharply contrasting colors, Rep. Pingree would be better served by a print with less contrast and softer edges. Maybe something like this:

What she does seem to have down is her best color palette.

Mint green:

She would be well served by some jewelry or accessories here.

Sky blue:

Now we have an accessory, but the scarf is a bit too big and full. The tone-on-tone colors really work though.

Powder blue:

And here we have some jewelry. Just right!

Any candidate finds a need for a wardrobe upgrade when the prominence of their office increases. It's a change that can be handled gracefully or not. Whether she runs for Senate or not, it looks like Rep. Pingree is on the right track.

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