State of the Union: A Fashion Roundup
Jan 29, 2010
Each year, we gather, as the Constitution requires, to hear the President address the Congress regarding the state of the Union. And this year, more than in the past, the post-address commentary revolved around the sartorial selections of our elected officials. So here is a Capitol Hill Style, State of the Union Roundup. Don’t worry, this is a policy free zone.
This year Vice President Biden and Speaker Pelosi opted for purple. Some commentators have cast their clothing choices as an attempt to subliminally signal an increase in bipartisanship. You know, mix blue and red and get purple? But since Pelosi often wears one of her two lavender suits to the State of the Union, I’m not sure that I buy it.
As for the President, he opted for the traditional politician special, a dark suit with a red, power tie. I guess you just don’t mess with a classic. And the right side of the aisle seems to agree…
The photo by the numbers: 29 members, 28 dark suits, one khaki (?) suit, 17 white shirts, 11 blue shirts, one yellow shirt, a rainbow of ties and one pocket square. Not a bad looking group; but there are a number of gentlemen in this photo who should fire their tailors.
What can I say? I love me some Isaac Mizrahi, so half-way through our SOTU drinking game, I was feeling a little flutter to see the First Lady wearing one of my favorite designers and my favorite color of all time, purple. Or maybe that was just the tequila.
Also, I’ve never been one to fall head over heels for Mrs. O’s fashion choices like my good friends over at the blog of the same name, but I’m kind of loving her new bob. The haircut really softens her features and gives her a casual elegance. I much prefer it to her old hairstyle which, at times, could be a bit harsh.
So I guess the only thing that I would have changed was the pearls because the white is a little stark for me. The dress would have been really fabulous with a black or oily grey statement necklace. But I love the dress so much that I am willing to overlook it.
As for the other ladies in the crowd, The Cut pointed out the abundance of yellow on the Floor. The fashion blog speculated that some of the ladies might have been making an effort to stand out (“I’m the one in the yellow suit!”) since red has become so popular. Or maybe they were all just trying to keep the good vibrations from this week’s warm weather going as long as possible?
While the State of the Union will never include a fashion pre-show like the Oscar’s, the style discussions will probably continue for as long as the Obama’s are in office. But I don’t mind, it’s a nice break from the policy chatter.
Photos courtesy of The New York Times and Getty Images.