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The fashion of politics

Former Vice President Dan Quayle greets Kellyanne Conway during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The political party may have changed at the White House, but one thing that’s still bipartisan is attacking what politicians wear.

No matter the party, women in the political world are scrutinized for their fashion choices.

“I think it’s fair game if you’re a woman, think it’s whatever political party, you’re pretty much fair game,” said Mikki Taylor, lecturer of fashion design at Howard University.

The latest fashion victim was White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who wore a $3,600 Gucci ensemble to President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The internet went crazy, hammering her with a barrage of memes comparing her outfit to the English Paddington Bear and the Nutcracker.

Prior to Conway, former First Lady Michelle Obama stirred up controversy for displaying her bare arms when she wore a sleeveless dress for her first official portrait.

And Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s signature pantsuits are a longtime favorite target of the fashion police.

"It’s a double standard for women because women are always going to be looked at - are we going to take her seriously, what is she saying, what are her clothes saying, what does that mean?” said Taylor.

The tables may be turning a little bit; now men are starting to catch more flack for their fashion choices.

President Trump is taking heat for the way he wears his ties: long, below the belt, and held together with Scotch tape.

However, fashionistas praised Trump’s striped tie that he wore during his first address to Congress; many called the look more presidential.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, social media exploded when the commander-in-chief wore a tan suit during a press conference to talk about the threat of ISIS.

Despite being out of office, President Obama is still making headlines for his style. He recently got a fashion upgrade, opting for a trendier, darker pair of jeans and getting rid of his signature “dad jeans.”


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