I travel quite a bit. One great advantage is having a concentrated amount of time to read the day’s news. As I was gleefully poring through the New York Times I stumbled across a piece on female politicos’ wardrobes. The article even interviews fashion greats like Vogue‘s editor, Anna Wintour and Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York, for their takes on the matter.
The basic idea? Most of these ladies still believe they must dress like the political men they spar with lest they be ridiculed by the rest of us (probably other ladies unfortunately) or appear as if they can’t handle the job.
When is this conversation going to finally end??!!
The article points out that female politicians get far more attention paid to their attire than male ones so, of course, they’re going to err on the conservative side. I’m not advocating circus-wear in the White House, I’m just so sick of:
1. any criticism about someone’s attire, especially that of women and not men, and
2. the belief that femininity, more specifically, appearing more feminine in colorful, shapely clothing implies that one is too soft for critical thinking and decision making.
I’m not saying that the clothes one wears don’t speak volumes. They do. That’s why clothes are so great! They don’t just shield us from the elements but tell stories about who we are, what we believe, and what we aspire to. I just wish the discussion didn’t have to be so sexist.