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It’s not just politics that differ Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina. Although it isn’t addressed during the debates, fashion plays a major part in these political figures campaigns. Just as they are under watch over their beliefs and strategies, the fashion choices of Carly and Hillary are tightly scrutinized. Here’s what you need to know about what they wear and how it can affect the campaign trail.
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Fiorina is no stranger to looking powerful. Based on her experience as a CEO and political career, Fiorina has mastered the feminine, yet authoritative look.
What makes Fiorina’s style signature is her favoring for leg-baring skirts, high heels and bright, bold colors. Just like her personality, Fiorina’s style is confident and unapologetic. Fiorina is never seen without a chin-length bob, and commonly pairs it with a rose pink lip. Even her beauty routine reflects power; her hairstyle has been referred to as a “sleek execu-bob” and is seen on other high-powered figures like Yahoo powerhead Marissa Meyer.
Since Fiorina is currently competing with conservative figures in American politics, her style faces pressure to conform. Fiorina wears ladylike womenswear, but with straight lines in unfussy colors, with little to none jewelry. As Fiorina has discussed the expectations placed on her in relation to her male counterparts, she told MSNBC about the CNN Republican debate, “It was a long debate, and I had to do it in high heels.”
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Just as we’ve seen on other political figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Fiorina has consciously made an effort to wear American designers. Her favorite choice is the American-based line St. John. Just like Fiorina’s rise to success, St. John began in a garage in the San Fernando Valley into an international company that charges thousands of dollars for just one piece. For example, Fiorina’s cobalt blue suit she wore to the CNN Republican debate cost over $1,700.
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Just like Fiorina's style, Hillary Clinton’s fashions also send a message of authority, but in a much different way.
As many have noted, when thinking about Hillary Clinton’s style, pantsuits come to mind. Clinton has favored the look since her days as a state senator and shows no signs of change, except when it comes to color. As the public has watched Clinton during speeches and debates, Clinton has developed a leaning towards royal blue pantsuits.
Unlike her liberal leanings that support change in society, Clinton keeps a uniform when it comes to her appearance that is paired with a bold feminine necklace. Clinton wears minimal makeup that is flattering but unnoticeable and changes her signature blonde bob with either curled ends or a straightened flip.
Just like Fiorina, Clinton has begun to embrace American designers since entering the campaign. During her time as First Lady, Clinton favored the grand fashions of American/Puerto Rican designer Oscar de la Renta but has switched to the clothes of Ralph Lauren. Similar to Fiorina’s expensive clothing from St. John, the Ralph Lauren-designed outfits for Hillary carry price tags in the thousands. However, Ralph Lauren offers clothing at multiple price points, giving a variety of people options to wear the designer.
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From their policies to their shoes, the image of a presidential candidate is always highly scrutinized. So for those wanting to learn more about your favorite, or hated, political figure, just take a look in their closet.
For more presidential candidate style, check out our article, Male Candidate Style On The Campaign Trail.