Michele Bachmann On High Heels And Shopping With Her Husband

Whether we like it or not (and we understand if you don’t), women who are politicians are always going to be analyzed for what they wear. And according to an old interview with presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, the Republican of Minnesota has never really had trouble getting dressed — or climbing on top of her high heels.

After she was elected to Senate in 2006, Bachmann talked with the Minneapolis Star Tribune about what she wears, where she gets it, and what it’s supposed to say about her. Then, as now, her style was simple and straightforward, peppered with the sensibility of someone who has a stylist — her husband shops for her on occasion — and a smidge more money than those wealthy relatives you resent so much (although at the time she wouldn’t say no to a good pair of gloves from a garage sale). Thrifty! And while she wouldn’t then compare her style to anyone else’s, she did draw inspiration from some very stylish women of the past.

“I dress fairly simply,” she said. “I like clean lines. I like solid colors. But I like an outfit to have a little kick.” For inspiration, she looks to Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis — and indeed, the pale pink suit and gloves she wore for President Bush‘s fundraising visit in August [2006] seemed a flashback to Camelot.

Whether or not the clothes she’s worn of late evoke the same feeling is yours to argue, but in a curiously prescient statement, Bachman also told her interviewer that she’s been wearing high heels since childhood. “Since I was a little girl, I either wore my mother’s high heels or aspired to wear high heels,” she said over four years ago, before The Daily Caller wrote that she has “implausibly” blamed the migraines she suffers on her footwear. Her son, a doctor, told The New York Times that “The truth is she wears high heels all the time and she doesn’t get migraines” all the time, he said, adding: “But she has found a correlation, though a correlation does not necessarily equal causation. It’s an unknown cause.”

What is known, however, is that Bachmann’s wardrobe is (or at least was) fairly spare. While she might not be able to get away with wearing the same suit every other day the way some male politicians do, especially as the presidential campaign wears on, her simple, professional clothing suits her role. Is this what the first woman president of the United States dresses like? We guess we’ll find out next November.

[The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune]

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