The other day, I saw this photo at Michelle Obama’s Mirror. It was at the end of an image-intensive post that featured five full-sized and uncensored photographs of World Famous Fashion Icon and Busy Mom™ Michelle Obama’s grody armpits. This image is so disturbing that I haven’t give a second thought to the First Pits ever since.
Hillary herself admits that she has no style sense. (see here for example) I have some questions:
- where are her advisers?
- did she learn nothing from all the years that other people dressed her?
- does she not have a mirror?
- ever heard of a hair cut?
- do you think that shirt was intended to have a cuff?
I work with a woman who told me she has no sense of color and cannot make a match to save her life, no matter how much she reads about it or how much she tries to learn from others. And yet she always looks good. Know how she does it? She wears only solid colored pieces and they are all in neutrals. Every top will coordinate with every bottom in her closet. She recognized her limitations, made a plan and stuck to it. Why can’t Hillary do that?
Hillary looked great when she was running for president. Her stylist developed a signature look for her that was flattering and appropriate: brightly colored jacket of a certain flattering cut, dark slacks, the occasional bold pantsuit. Her hairstyle didn’t change during the entire campaign, her jewelry was always chosen to complement the ensemble. She dressed that way for – how long? a year? – Why couldn’t she just stick to that basic plan? Apparently, none if it sunk in.
Now some might say that HRC is a serious woman and doesn’t/never did care about appearances. But I quite disagree. Look at this photo – she is making an effort here.
(+) she chose a tropical print for her arrival in Bali
(- ) she paired it with black slacks even though there is no black accent in the top
(+) she’s wearing necklace and earrings that match and are on their own tasteful
(-) the necklace and earrings have no reference to the main outfit
(++) bamboo bracelet! matches the theme, looks good!
(+) attempts hair control by using some kind of appliance. maybe a hairband?
(-) hair is just wrong from the get-go. lank, bad cut, unstyled. no hair appliance can help this.
But overall, it doesn’t work, does it? I’m thinking she allowed herself to believe that bright jacket = boldly patterned big shirt. I think that jewelry is from the campaign but that big clunky Wilma Flintstone stuff suits her better, after all. And I can’t help but think the stewardess gave her that bracelet as they were deplaning. Certainly, we’ve never seen the Hilz in bamboo before.
So, she’s trying and those around her are too intimidated to speak out. Sort of the Michael Jackson syndrome writ in polyester – as long as power and influence are reflected onto them, why rock the boat?
I miss the old days when I could divine a message from her wardrobe choices. If this outfit holds a message about what’s really going on with her, it’s tangled and mixed-up. Maybe that’s the message: gratified to be in an important position in the Obama administration, but nobody controls her.
Now it makes sense.