Traditionally, politics and bold fashion choices don’t mix — especially where female politicians are involved. With the added pressure of being judged more harshly for the clothes they choose, it’s an unfortunate reality that needs to change. No formidable candidate should be deprived the satisfaction of sparkly Marni pumps.
Or colorful straw totes, for that matter. Or giant pants and quirky shades — because running for office shouldn’t suck the fun out of style. So, in honor of America’s upcoming election — and the possibility of our first female presidential candidate (!) — here are outfit ideas for an ostensible campaign trail should I, or someone I know, decide to go head-to-head with Kanye West in 2020.
An NCAA Football Game
Football and mom jeans: I can’t think of a more American combination. What I lack in sports knowledge, I make up for in spirit with this colorful (but non-partisan) striped Trademark pullover. I’ve added a Muzungu Sisters straw tote because that’s what Jane Birkin would do — and every party can appreciate that.
New York Fashion Week
While Fashion Week has never been a traditional stop on the campaign trail, that would be my first order of pre-presidential business-to-change. What better way to showcase my support of both art and commerce than by attending several runway shows? A Protagonist tunic layered over a Jil Sander bra top would serve as a not-so-subtle nod to the fact that I have breasts but enjoy playing (and legislating) with the boys.
Iowa State Fair
One word: gingham. Nothing says “state fair” like picnic blanket dressing. In the words of the great Jay-Z, “Ladies is [presidents] too. Go on, brush your shoulders off.”
Pantsuits? Pfftt. On Inauguration Day, I’d take power suiting to a new height in Rosie Assoulin. The Olympia Le-Tan Paris clutch would purse-onify (get it?) my commitment to foreign relations. And per the Marni pumps? Why, they’d make history.