Obviously a woman politico politico-ing should be judged by her fire policies, not by her hemline. But when you’re a woman in the public eye that’s besides the point. Margaret Cho is going to tear you apart for your lemon tunic.
Also obvious: if Hillary Clinton becomes the first female president in history, that would be a far more historic thingamabob to happen to the gender than anything a first lady could wear/look like/smell like.
Hate that all women saying important things get criticized to death for the stuff they wear. Love that with a Bernie Sanders presidency, there would be an opportunity, a stage, and a real platform for Jane O’Meara Sanders and her bod in kicky outfits. If Bernie Sanders won, and Ms. O’Meara Sanders was our first lady, that would be a major milestone for fashion.
Everyone would need and want to dress her for fancy balls where dignitaries were around – not just anyone, the high-end fashion designers. If she were the first lady, it would mean top American designers on the fifth floor at Bergdorf would have to (get to) pay serious attention to her curvier figure, which represents loads of What Women Look Like Today. You know the women – the ones the top designers care so deeply about. What Jane wore wouldn’t be the MOST important thing she did. But with social media, what these representatives wear absolutely matters.
Now your girl does not wear designer threads YET. Being herself is her steez. Would she wear finery like Michelle Obama? That remains to be seen, but it would be a smart move if she did. We imagine Bernie would officially dictate that banks write the word “nope” on $100 bills so that people would still be able to use them, but they’d feel bad about it. But Jane could be a real postergirl for dressing sharp in high-quality statement pieces for her size.
Speeches about changes that matter to everyone as far as the economy, and education, blah blah blah go…these would be precisely the right time for Jane to shut it down in a Calvin Klein suit. Want designers to address more figures with stuff that fits? A curvier first lady ought to help the cause. Strangely enough, it’s a strong possibility that Jane might be our girl. If she upped her style game (obviously not high on her soul mate’s inequality-fixing message to do list,) then we’d have quite the representative in the public eye constantly. Not to mention that the Burlington College leader seems like a total hippie who we’d love to vibe out with in an incense-filled room.
Michelle Obama showed off her strong arms in sleeveless Narciso Rodriguez in February, and that was something. Hillary has strategically been wearing neutral pant suits that the boys wear, with the exception of her recent lemon tunic. Both Michelle and Hillary were not the kind of first ladies to sit down, shut up, and wear pink.
In addition to Bernie’s legacy, Jane would certainly be progress for fashion, a move forward of another kind.