It used to be that a woman in power had to dress like a man in the authority to be taken seriously — in dark blazers, pant suits, and another drab, don’t-notice-me outfits. But those days are waning as an increasing number of women in leadership positions are dressing the way they want to, not like carbon copies of the be-suited men in executive offices — and executive branches.
“I’m a woman; I like clothes. I like shoes, ‘You know what, you can be smart and like clothes. You can have a career and like clothes. These are not separate.” said British Prime Minister Theresa May
May’s fashion sense has been a source of media fascination since she took office in July. She is most recognised for her standout shoes, which are always statement making. She’s worn everything from lipstick-print ballet flats to patent leather over-the-knee boots to leopard-print kitten heels.
“Theresa May has a subscription to Vogue and the keys to No. 10 Downing Street and, unlike any of the post’s previous incumbents, she does not see a conflict in that fact,” Guardian columnist Imogen Fox wrote
First lady Michelle Obama was arguably the earliest to adopt, in politics at least, the idea that women in power don’t have to blend in with the men around them. She said goodbye to the skirt suits favoured by previous first ladies like Laura and Barbara Bush as well as Nancy Reagan. Instead, she’s worn bright, often sleeveless dresses that have earned her style accolades from virtually everyone in the country.
Journalist Kate Betts wrote about her style — and what it means that the first lady isn’t afraid to be fashionable — in her book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style
Hillary Clinton, As the first lady, she stuck mainly to pantsuits. Later as both a senator and secretary of state, she tended toward no-nonsense from head to toe. As secretary of state, she was seen with her hair in a ponytail or without much makeup.
Her suits are bolder now as she is campaigning for presidential elections. The shapes are less stiff, from the all-white ensemble, she wore to accept the Democratic nomination to the all red one, at her second debate with Donald Trump. She’s worn mostly prominent designers like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani but hasn’t shied away from some flair, like leather or beading.