Michelle Obama (and everyone else) wears purple

Did you watch the State of the Union address? One of the first things I noticed was that everyone, or at least all the women, were wearing purple. Everyone from Nancy Pelosi to Michelle Obama and seemingly every other woman was in some shade of purple. Was there a memo on the subject? Why would they do this? Hint: it probably wasn’t to look like these people or these people.

Here’s my theory. Someone figured out that purple is the new…neutral. I’m guessing the thinking went like this: Hey, America is divided into red states and blue states. I better not wear red or blue. Green makes me look too radical. Yellow suggests caution. Brown could be construed as politically unpopular. White suggests allegiance to  the ruling party. Oh, dear. What to do? I know! I’ll wear purple! It’s a little red and a little blue.

Yes, my friends, we have seen sartorial choices reduced to the same least-common-denominator thinking that dominates our political system. Below the fold, I give you some other options that would have shown genuine creativity, if not leadership. Perhaps at the next State of the Union, we can look forward to a new day in American leadership of wardrobes that unite.

And, finally, for Michelle Obama, this is my suggestion:

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3 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hmm . . . so, where’s the men’s fashion?

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    Men weren’t all wearing the same color, or at least I didn’t notice that. Next year, perhaps I’ll make fun of red ties or gray suits.

  3. Carol Greene says:

    Many of the Senate males were wearing purple ties. This concept continued on the Sunday interviews. It was kind of weird. It looked like a firesale.