What Would You Wear If You Were Running For President?

Julia Reiss | January 28, 2016

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.

Shall we?

1. An NCAA Football Game

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Trademark sweater, Rachel Comey jeans, Superga sneakers, Muzungu Sisters straw tote, Lizzie Fortunato earrings and cuff, Matsuda sunglasses.

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.

2. New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week: Topshop jacket, Protagonist shirt, Rosie Assoulin trousers, Marni shoes, Edie Parker clutch, Marco de Vincenzo sunglasses.
Topshop jacket, Protagonist shirt, Rosie Assoulin trousers, Marni shoes, Edie Parker clutch, Marco de Vincenzo sunglasses

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.

3. Iowa State Fair

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Isa Arfen top and shorts, EENG clutch (another option here), Carel shoes

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.”

5. Swearing-in Ceremony

Swearing-In Ceremony: Rosie Assoulin pants, vest, and earring, J.Crew turtleneck, Marni shoes.
Rosie Assoulin pantsvest, and earring, J.Crew turtleneck, Marni shoes, Olymia Le-Tan clutch, Arme De L’Amour ring, Rosie Assoulin earring

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.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis; Follow our writer and model Julia on Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • Stephanie

    Amazing style! I love the bag and that pants 🙂

    http://www.stepfromsteph.blogspot.com

    • Janel Hairston

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  • Lea Telivuo-Kupari

    I love every look and the Marni pumps! Waaaant!

  • theSTYLetti

    Love it! Just wish you had added a patriotic athleisure look for her trip to the yoga studio. 😉 Janea

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  • http://www.theoliveeye.com Mia Lardiere

    I don’t know what I would wear, but I do know that I would dance like this

  • Ashton Lang

    You’ve got my vote!

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  • BK

    May I draw your attention to Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister of Australia, and her near-presidential range of ‘power brooches’?

    http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/article/2016/01/26/guide-julie-bishops-seven-most-powerful-brooches

    • Greer Clarke

      YES

  • Greer Clarke

    Holy poo Julia I think I’m in love with everything about this article

  • saba

    Dear manrepellers,

    I’m not running for president yet, but I do have to attend a dinner party/gathering/feast for the opening night of a super famous annual 3-day exhibition in the art school where I am studying. ( check rundgang at staedelschule for more info).. and question is, how do I style this sisterjane shirt? Please help. Danke!

    • Alice Vasquez

      I am getting a salary of 4600 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit . Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 58 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

      To Know More About That Click Here
      lsm…

  • Living Paula Blog

    I love the Iowa state fair outfit!

    http://www.livingpaula.com

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