HOW WOMEN IN THE POLITICAL LIGHT COMBAT CONFORMITY AND MAINTAIN PROFESSIONALISM IN THEIR FASHION
“Thrifting, renting, and patience as you get your closet together sis,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Capsule wardrobe will be your best friend.” It is difficult for a female politician to maintain a professional image when wardrobe costs are out of their budget. Although this image isn’t necessarily cheap, studies have shown that female politicians receive more coverage depending on their appearance.
Women like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Cori Bush, and Rashida Tlaib are just a few of many who struggle to attain business clothes at reasonable prices. So why not care for the environment, save and look good. Their response is to thrift their wardrobe, and they’re proud to encourage others to do the same. “The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get business clothes I need for the Hill.” tweeted Bush. She is not the first or last woman in politics to face this issue, and it was not brought to anyone’s attention until Bush’s recent Twitter activity with other female politicians. Women have to spend more money in order to look good and appeal to the standards society holds them to. There is more of an emphasis on the way a woman needs to look in comparison to a man who can get away with reusing their suits.