“I Really Don’t Care, Do U?”
We live in an age where it seems that everything a public figure does, says, and wears is immediately posted on the internet and on the news. We all live with the reality that we must be very careful with what we do, say, and wear in public given the likelihood that there will be a camera or a phone recording us, only to be instantly exploited.
As a public figure, I know too well what it is like to be dissected. I served for seven years as a prosecutor; three terms as a Congresswoman; and a full term as Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia before becoming the Republican nominee for president in 2016.
I recall every morning reflecting on the message I want to send to the public, my colleagues, those who would vote for or support me, and those who I have to persuade. But should what I wear matter? If someone with an unflattering picture of me decides I look disheveled, have a tear in my stocking, or wear a suit jacket that is missing a button, should Americans not to take as a serious candidate? Should they be persuaded by how I look, or by what I say?
But I cannot ignore the reality of the social media world and must adjust to it by taking such irrelevant issue off the table. So I always dress professionally and rarely in a relaxed fashion. That way, the media has to focus on what I had to say, rather than distract their readers or viewers about whether my pencil skirt was too tight or an ugly shade of blue. I know all too well that one mishap of my dress and it will be all over the news for the rest of the day, and my words wouldn’t matter.
I think fashion stylist Rachel Zoe puts it best when she said: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
When the First Lady of the United States wears a jacket that says “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” on a plane to visit children at our border, what is her style saying about her?