Nancy Pelosi's pink pantsuit and mask look is a big hit, Hillary Clinton calls her 'leader of color coordination'
High praise indeed from a public personality whose signature look is the power pantsuit
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has applauded her friend and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for fashionably matching her mask with her outfit, calling her the "leader" of "mask-to-pantsuit color coordination."
The former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, 72, posted a photo of Pelosi, 80, on Instagram on Wednesday, May 13, captioning it, “Leader of the House majority, and of mask-to-pantsuit color coordination: @speakerpelosi." Pelosi was working in Washington D.C. amid the coronavirus pandemic when the photo was taken.
Many netizens agreed with Clinton in celebrating Pelosi's sense of style. “We salute to the mask-to-pantsuit color coordination,” one social media user commented, while another added, “Yessss!!!! Pink power all the way."
A third person wrote: "Love seeing women supporting other women!!"
Clinton's love for a good pantsuit is not unknown to her supporters. In fact, her persona became synonymous with the attire after the former first lady ditched traditional gowns and skirts worn by her predecessors to pose in a sleek black pantsuit for her official White House portrait back in 2004. Since then, the outfit has become her staple look and signature.
In her 2017 memoir 'What Happened,' Clinton explained that pantsuits make her “feel professional and ready to go.” Meaning, the choice of outfit was not only convenient, it’s strategic. As a result, she has come to be known as the queen of pantsuits, having had worn it in every color imaginable since the start of her career.
“A uniform was also an anti-distraction technique: since there wasn’t much to say or report on what I wore, maybe people would focus on what I was saying instead,” Clinton, who unsuccessfully challenged Donald Trump for the presidency, wrote.
Her choice to switch to pantsuit was made from her own unfortunate experiences as a first lady. “[Pantsuits] helped me avoid the peril of being photographed up my skirt while sitting on a stage or climbing stairs,” she added. “Both of which happened to me as First Lady.”
It all started when following the footsteps of her counterparts, she would opt to “do and wear more or less the same thing every day." This saved her from wasting time picking out an outfit every morning. Being a woman running for president in the previous election cycle, Clinton said that she liked the “visual cue” of being “different from the men but also familiar.”
However, it did not mean that she would walk out of the house without putting on makeup or making sure that none of her hair was out of place. Since the controversy-hungry press found little to comment on when it came to her monochrome pantsuit, they went after her appearance and scrutinized her face in every public event during her campaign.
“I’ve never gotten used to how much effort it takes just to be a woman in the public eye,” Clinton wrote. She calculated a grand total of "about 600 hours, or 25 days" spent on glam during the race. "I was so shocked, I checked the math twice," she said.