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Hillary Clinton Had a Big Fashion Night Out

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A lot has been said about Hillary Clinton’s fashion over the years. From her uniform of a pantsuit to wearing scrunchies in her hair to her makeup, fashion often overshadows this brilliant woman’s words and power. Her bevy of pantsuits have even inspired this fabulous rainbow image made by Reddit. In 2007 Robin Givhan of The Washington Post wrote on Clinton:

“The mind, so easily distracted by things mauve and lemon yellow, strays from more pressing concerns to ponder the sartorial: How many pantsuits does Hillary Clinton have in her closet? And does she ever wear them in the same combination more than once?

Women have come a long way from the time when wearing a pair of pants was considered ‘borrowing from the boys.’ So it would be highly regressive to suggest that the candidate is using trousers to heighten the perception that she can be as tough as a man. And yet . . .”

But last night at the CFDA awards, one of fashion’s most important nights, Clinton was all about embracing the fashion and her gratitude to legendary designer Oscar de la Renta who has dressed her since 1993. “I was then, as I am now, such a fashion icon,” she quipped while wearing one of his stunning suits. “His name alone evokes elegance and timeless beauty. And his designs give each of us a chance to feel like we’re special, too.” How did de la Renta thank Clinton? By giving her his endorsement of course. “I hope that she’s going to be our next president,” he said.

If she does win, we know who she will be wearing to her inaugural ball.

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Hillary is always well dressed and polished! I wish that women's clothing didn't take the spotlight away from women's accomplishments. Men usually aren't called out for their professional attire but women are either glorified or picked apart for "worst dressed." I do believe in dressing nice but I don't want it to be the center of discussion to the point where my abilities and accomplishments are overlooked.

Hillary's sartorial experiences overshadow a larger problem for women, in that however accomplished they may be, usually other aspects of their person are called into question as though they add or detract from what they have achieved. Hillary handles this criticism quite gracefully, acknowledging that people continue to care about what she wears not matter what it may be, while continuing to work hard as a leader and politician.

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