Michele Bachmann's Style Trouble SLIDESHOW [coach]8/21/2013 11:29:11 AM
´╗┐Michele Bachmann's Style Trouble SLIDESHOW On camera,6pm coupon code Michele Bachmann embodies the sort of power polish that America expects from its top-tier politicians. For women, there's an especially high bar -- with a sweet spot somewhere between Sarah Palin's up-market, foxy fashion and Hillary Clinton's bold, corporate uniforms. During the past few months, Bachmann's handlers have zeroed in on a look that seems to appeal to a wide swath of Republican voters. The Iowa Straw Poll winner's appearance is carefully crafted with soft color palettes, a great blow-out, and enough flawless makeup to ensure she's camera-ready at all times. Or so it seems. According to a recent New Yorker profile, one of the rules for news photographers who travel with Bachmann is that they never photograph her in casual clothing. But all these calculations leave one big unanswered question: How is it that a public figure receiving this much strategic advice still wears such unflattering shoes? Put simply, Bachmann's choice of footwear repeatedly violates the most basic rules of fashion and upends her personal style, which has been marked by dressy separates, form-fitting shapes and demure necklines. But from the ankle down, Bachmann likes to show a little skin -- many of her shoes are either sandals (often worn with pantyhose -- argh) or peep toed orthopedic-looking stacked heels. Neither option does her any justice, and both are decidedly dated. The day of the chunky, strappy sandal has passed, especially worn with stockings. Comfort is key on the campaign trail, but heels are not a necessity (just ask Michelle Obama), and wearing a casual shoe with a dressy outfit still looks silly. And like some celebrities, Bachmann also likely changes her shoes as soon as the cameras stop rolling, so the argument that proper heels are too uncomfortable carries little weight in her case. More important, Bachmann's shoes clash with her clothes. Forgive us if this sounds harsh, but a female candidate cannot convey Commander-In-Chief readiness in backless sandals paired with an evening suit, just as a male candidate wouldn't score points wearing a suit and tie with mandals. In 2006, Bachmann told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that her style was inspired by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. Neither of these fashion icons was photographed in stacked-heel open-toed sandals with pantyhose. To be fair, Bachmann is on trend with both American and British royalty: She recycles her threads for more than a few photo-ops. But as the 2012 GOP candidates each work diligently to create a signature style, it's a shame that Bachmann creates seemingly needless contradictions in hers. Women's shoes still speak volumes in the political arena, whether or not we like to admit it. power in knee high boots at a time when America was facing a global PR crisis. More recently, Sarah Palin traipsed from Wasilla to Washington punditry on glamorous stiletto heels, while Michelle Obama encouraged women to feel dressed-up in a pair of pointy flats. The perpetually stylish Jill Biden show how to elongate one's legs with her daring, nude stiletto heels. One wonders whether Bachmann's schlubby shoes are merely her latest political calculation -- a two-and-a-half-inch signifier of the everyday mom turned national candidate. Perhaps Bachmann's jumbled look conveys the aura of a person who can dress for success after more than a decade in elected office, yet is not so pointy-toed as to have stepped beyond her Minnesota roots. Perhaps there are no accidental choices. But subtle signals about a candidate's true nature often peek out in unexpected places. And as long as Bachmann continues wearing high street fashion with Main Street shoes, her metamorphosis into a fully polished campaign contender will appear incomplete. For the time being, this may be precisely what Bachmann wants. I for one find extremely sexy that she wears sandals (especially the very open ones) with pantyhose. It makes her look relaxed, open about her looks (kind of what you'd see if you were to visit her at home) and cute, as always sheer nylon female feet look like. It's more humane and not so rigid. It gives me shivers to see michelle obama's bare feet into those hard pointy shoes with no nylons. the media has no right to "decide" who is a viable candidate, they are to report FACTS and let the people decide. Nobody seems to understand the importance of this anymore. it is absolutely irrelevant what you think of Ron Paul. the fact that censorship is taking place is unconscionable. period. you should be upset regardless of which candidate you support bachmann or otherwise. I cannot stand Michelle Bachmann and hope to the gods that she never actually becomes the official GOP candidate. That said, who cares what she wears? This is 2011 and she's running for President of the United States, her clothes should be the last thing on our minds. Just because she's a woman doesn't mean she has to be fashionable, prim, and styled. Lets keep the focus on her platform, her words, her thoughts, and her beliefs and keep them OFF of her clothes and her looks. Women will never be taken seriously in any professional arena if we all continue to condone this behavior. M. Obama gave up a $400, 000 managers job to serve American Children. With B. Michelle took all her friends to Spain and took vacations overseas at our expense, and, they refuse to divulge the costs of their vacations. Rather than do this jobs plan he went to Maratha's vineyards on vacation. Really? You are going to make cracks about the costs of Michelle Obama accompanying her husband on vacation? How loudly did you protest about GW Bush and his wife's vacation costs? By the way, at this point in GWs presidency, they were on their 161st vacation day. Compare that to Obama at day 61. GW went to his animal-less ranch (George is afraid of cows) and cut weeds while insisting his staff wear full suit and tie outfits in the over 100 degree heat. Obama, on the other hand, goes on actual working vacations, working on government business.

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