Friday, April 24, 2009

What to Wear: Campaign Trail

Hande is the lovely author of Mercimek and is about to embark on a politically-charged summer:
I’ve posted plenty of comments on your blog and even e-mailed you a few times, but I have an actual What to Wear request this time! I am a real-life political wife. My husband is an elected official in our county, and it’s a campaign year for us. That means a summer of knocking on doors and going to events and meeting all kinds of people.

My usual uniform has been a pair of wide-leg black pants, a brightly colored top, and comfortable sandals, but I am so inspired by Michelle Obama this year! I’m 32 years old, brunette, 6’ tall, size 12-14, and wear size 11 shoes. Can you recommend something that will be comfy on those summer afternoons of walking and standing, yet stylish like our First Lady?
I was talking with a friend recently about how everyone - including myself - has gone wild for belts ever since Michelle moved into the White House. She's a great fashion role model, especially for another woman in politics. Here's are some mix and match pieces for you:

Dress - It doesn't get much easier or more comfortable than a classic shirt dress. This navy version from Liz Claiborn is on sale. Plus, it's machine washable!
Belt - Braided belts are extra versatile and this one is a steal at $14 from JC Penney's.
Cardigan - While you're there pick up this easy cardigan in tropical green for under $20.
Tank - A basic layering piece from Old Navy.
Jeans - Trouser cut jeans will be polished but still casual. Spend a little more on these if you find the perfect pair.
Shoes - A pair of cute red (red shoes go with almost anything) comfort flats in size 11.
Earrings - A gift from your husband as a thank you for all the hard work you're going to put in this summer. *wink*
Sunblock - You're going to need it. This spray version is easy to apply and reapply.

Good luck with the campaign!

2 comments:

hyb said...

Thank you so much for not one but two very cute outfits! I snapped up the dress and the shoes already, and I'm going belt shopping this weekend. Now I just need to work on those Michelle Obama biceps!

LPC said...

Banana Republic also had some very nice belted patterned dresses just recently. And they were on drastic sale...http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=5023