What do Princess Diana, Nancy Regan and Nancy Pelosi have in common?

Politics, fame, fortune, masses of common people oohing and awing them.... this is NOT what I’m writing about. What they REALLY have in common is a love for fashion, being impeccably dressed and
l * e * a * d * i * n * g and not following within the political fashion arena.

Me, I used to try to “dress the part in the corporate boardroom.” I always wore pinstripe business suits with white tailored shirts (heck, if it weren’t for my make-up, red lipstick and high heels, I would have been mistaken for a man.) I use to always wear extremely conservative, boring grays, blacks and navy business suits, never floral print dresses, ruffles or pink. Trust me ... I was never a leader in fashion.

Just a few days ago the New York Times stated “Fashion authorities say Mrs. Pelosi should be applauded for her color choice (burgundy on Jan. 4, the day she was sworn in), her playfulness with jewelry (chunky, but tasteful, including signature Tahitian pearls) and her suit selection (from velvet to tweed), all of which can be imitated at a more affordable price by women who are not wealthy. Women are already taking note of her style; orders of Tahitian pearls have skyrocketed.”

What I thought was very amusing about the New York Times article is that one of their featured pictures was of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz - pictured to the left - sporting a stunning pant suit (clearly a designer, expensive and exquisitely tailored suit). I know Debbie Wasserman Schultz personally and have mingled at parties, fundraisers and the like. Debbie is SOOOOOO cool, in my opinion, because she’s a Mom; she is incredibly driven, motivated, and smart. Her heart is in the right place, and she fights like hell for what she believes in (and I doubt is ever swayed by lobbyists). However, having said all that, I remember Debbie in her earlier political campaigning days wearing everything BUT style. She actually looked a bit like a fashion faux-paw in her earlier days. Now, however, watch out!

Just like Nancy Regan, Jacquelyn Kennedy and Princess Dianna, leadership can be shown both in action, what you say and HOW YOU DRESS! In many ways, I think that Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Nancy Pelosi will be taking Capital Hill for an incredible ride this congressional season and I can’t wait to see what they will wear next.

Pamela Fiori, the editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine (owned by the Hearst Corporation), emphasized “Mrs. Pelosi’s words are nonetheless more important than her clothes. “She wears the clothes and the clothes don’t wear her, and that is the way it should be. If she can have a little bit of influence in the Senate and House or in the home that is not such a bad thing.”

I was recently reading a fabulous blog written by Down the Avenue which talked about female politicians and what they are wearing. I’m piggy backing on Down the Avenue’s recent blog because I think it was well written, and I wanted to add my personal thoughts on Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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