A recent article in an online publication stated that: ‘By 2017 three of the world’s powerful economies could be led by women – Angela Merkel in Germany, Theresa May in UK and Hillary Clinton in the US, if she manages to trump Donald’s chances.’
Well, it is certainly is a case of wait and watch. But, for now news channels have been rife about the appointment of the newly elected Prime Minster of Britain, Theresa May, after the much spoken Brexit. And, amidst all of this we couldn’t help but notice that the newly elected Prime Minister Theresa May is most certainly a powerful stateswoman, but her fashion statement is unique and oh-so-different, as she shows the world her serious love affair with clothes and shoes.
Theresa May has seen sporting furry, double breasted, graphic and floral printed coats, solid colour blazers over plaid or graphic print suits. Red is her power colour followed by purple, kale green and tweed. She keeps the look light through breezy blouses, body hugging dresses, and embroidered gowns. She plays up her outfit by accessorizing them with pearls and beads, gemstone necklaces, chunky jewellery, sun hats, leather or matching gloves, and printed scarves. Not to forget, she has a thing for leopard or animal print kitten heels and leather boots.
This is not the first time a woman in power is proving her mettle in fashion. We go down the memory lane and take a look at the fashion statement of women, who were dressed for diplomacy.
She was ubiquitously known for her feminine style that was bought out with her iconic pearls and bows. In fact, it is said that Margaret Thatcher sought of laid the foundation for female fashion in the world of politics: strong, powerful, stylish, yet conservative. She made the pussycat bow famous. “I often wear bows; they are rather softening, they are rather pretty” she was quoted as saying. Margaret Thatcher was largely seen in printed and plain blouses with long ties.
She was not just the first lady of America, but a fashion icon too. Her style is timeless and has been trending for years. This includes the all-time hits like pillbox hats, oversized sunglasses, headscarves, immaculate hairstyles, elbow length gloves, dresses with bows, capes, coats and equestrian garb. Other signature styles that she flaunted effortlessly comprised off-shoulder tops and dresses, cinch dresses with stylish belts, monochrome outfits in pure white or black and white, for chiselled silhouettes, intriguing neck collars and graphic prints such as paisleys, geometrics, floral and stripes.
Late Rajmata Gayatri Devi, the Maharani of Jaipur was known for her unparalleled beauty. Her Indian appeal shone through her pure French chiffon sarees in pastel shades such as old rose pink and turquoise. She accessorized them with dainty pearls and a small bindi on her forehead. She mostly wore a dark red lipstick, but kept make up to the minimal. She did not shy away from experimenting and donned petite floral prints, leheriyas, bandhinis with puff-sleeved or long blouses. She was even seen wearing emeralds with pink outfits, as advised by her grandmother.
Princess Diana’s unique and bold looks made an eternal mark in fashion for generations to come. She lived her royal story with her distinct fashion statement, and she continues to inspire many till date. Haven’t we all seen a glimpse of her in The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s dressing. Diana’s style was bold and bright, and practicality took centre stage in almost anything she wore. She made shoulder pads a practical fashion statement for those with a tall and slender body type. The other style that she made popular was the wide-shouldered gowns. She wore them with bold necklines and cuts. She famously wore pearls and chokers to play up her dresses. As quoted in the book, ‘Diana, fashion & style‘ by Beatrice Behlen and Joanna Marschner, ‘For the first time, the Royal Family had in their ranks a woman whose age, size, coiffure and taste reflected the mass of the market. Because she was beautiful, others wanted too look like her’.’ No wonder, her iconic ruffled neck blouses, pastel shades and ankle-length skirts were imitated around the world.
The first lady charmed the world like none other with her fashion sense. She wears casual frocks, formal dresses and stately gowns with panache. She is often seen in jewel tones and colour blocking that complement her demeanor so well. Michelle Obama also adds a fun element to her style with prints and patterns such as florals, houndstooth, paisley or stripes. She flaunts her slender arms in sleeveless outfits and prefers an A-line cut for a feminine silhouette. Sheath dresses are yet another favourite of Mrs Obama. The other staples from her wardrobe include chunky jewellery, cardigans, belts, and sassy shades.
In conclusion, with their unique and distinctive style the leading ladies had one thing in common: they taught us to dress in a way that reflected the strength and charm of a woman.
Writer for WODROB by Neha Gupta