Hillary Clinton’s boss leather blazer makes political and fashion statement
Hillary Clinton still has skin in the game.
The former First Lady and Secretary of State swapped her signature pantsuit for a badass black leather blazer during her first major post-election speech on Tuesday.
Social media swooned over Clinton’s sudden sartorial shift at the Professional BusinessWomen of California conference, where she came out swinging against Republicans.
— Kels (@KelseyKorfhage) March 29, 2017
— Amy Hegel (@amyhegel) March 29, 2017
— Finessa_Trilliams💋 (@C_Jill_Run) March 29, 2017
“A woman in the kind of leather jacket Hillary was wearing … that black, structured, business-like bordering on military style, made her look tough,” agreed style expert Tom Fitzgerald, copublisher of the TomandLorenzo.com lifestyle blog with Lorenzo Marquez. “We joked that she looked like a detective in a ’70s crime drama. She looks armored up and ready to fight.”
Former President Barack Obama has been building his own fashion fan club since leaving the political limelight, especially with a slim brown leather jacket that he sported on his return trip from the Virgin Islands earlier this month.
President Barack Obama out here living his best life and looking like the next cover of GQ pic.twitter.com/PeD5aUaz9P
— Bougie Banton (@_KingNeek) March 6, 2017
The look was cool and casual, a far cry from the suits and mom jeans he’s become synonymous with over his last eight years in office.
“A man in a leather jacket like the one Obama sports looks relaxed and secure … like he’s on his day off,” said Fitzgerald.
Clinton and Obama are making a statement in sporting these skins. “Both of them are rocking this new, confident style,” celebrity stylist Gretta Monahan told Moneyish. Now that neither political figure is embodying the role of president or presidential candidate, they are each free “to express their real personalities with how they dress.”
In Obama’s case, he’s relaxing and enjoying himself. “He’s taking flight and doing his own thing,” said Monahan. “Now he can sport his more casual side, and cultivate a look to express exactly who he is, not just his role as leader of the free world.”
Monahan says it’s also likely he’s trying to telegraphs a comforting message in these chaotic political times. “He’s continuing to look and feel approachable and modern-minded,” said Monahan.
But Hillary’s more tailored blazer is broadcasting that while she lost the election, she’s not finished yet. “Her look is definitely saying, ‘I’m still the first lady in my business,’” said Monahan. “She’s not gonna go into the dim. She’s always going to be someone who’s out front.”
She’s shrewdly shaking up her formulaic wardrobe of brightly-colored pantsuits with a shot of leather to show she’s still a boss.
“It’s a confident, unabashed, ‘I’m gonna take a risk and do something different. I’m speaking in public again on behalf of the public, and I’m gonna continue to do so, but I’m doing it while experimenting more with my style,’” said Monahan.
And the high quality of leather lets Obama and Clinton lighten up while still looking polished.
“It’s definitely a more luxurious statement textile that expresses more of a ‘take care of me’ vibe,” said Monahan. “And there’s a timelessness that transcends trends, so if you look at the fashion of any decade, you’ll always seem some version of leather on the runway or on the street, vintage or couture.”
© 2017 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved