Who Cares What Kamala Harris Wears?

America may be ready for its first female vice president, but are we prepared for the onslaught of fashion criticism that will besiege her?

This is not to say that a woman cannot wield power and a sense of style at the same time, or that clothing is not important. Politics is an optics game and getting dressed matters.

It’s not wrong to talk about political fashion, no matter the gender of the subject. You can tell a lot about a figure based on what they wear. Trump’s extra-long ties mimic his slovenly leadership, and Joe Biden’s blindingly white teeth posit a studied affability.  …

Clothing can humanize politicians. Elizabeth Warren’s gem tone jackets conjured cozy images of local librarians. It can also highlight inaccessibility and accessibility. 

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore gold hoop earrings to her swearing-in ceremony in 2019, the native New Yorker wrote, “Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman.”  …

Let’s gag over the politicians who get clothing so, so right: see, Tim Kaine’s Wild West face mask bandana, which made him look like a train robber and brought a little bit of levity to the darkest period of quarantine.

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