Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit, International Edition

ClintonMerkel2011Sometime ago, I told a German friend that I was going to write about the similarities between Hillary Clinton’s style and that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  It’s already been done, she replied, and directed me to an article in a major German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  The newspaper showed cropped images of the two women’s hands, framed against their colorful jackets and dark trousers, and asked readers to guess which hands belonged to which leader. (By the way, Clinton is on the left.)

ClintonMerkel_2_2011While some women’s groups were offended, pointing out that all male leaders basically look alike, both Clinton and Merkel thought it was a good joke.  When Clinton made another visit to Germany, Merkel presented her with a framed copy of the newspaper page. And of course, both of them were wearing pant suits for the occasion.

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4 Responses to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit, International Edition

  1. First of all, great title!

    Secondly, what I find interesting about the whole Hillary/Angela pantsuit thing is how it is somehow remarkable that the two women dress in a similar manner, but a man who dared to be different with his dress would really be open to ridicule and speculation. The rules are total opposites.

  2. That picture at the top is hilarious. I completely agree with Lizzie, and also understand the need for the two of them to wear pantsuits when traveling all around and getting men to take them seriously. But boy, do I wish they would pick more attractive cuts of jackets and pants. Christine Lagarde of the IMF wears Chanel jackets and Hermes scarves, and manages to look both powerful and sophisticated.
    Thank goodness Michelle Obama is upping the Washington style game a little.

  3. Mema says:

    Great!
    I love your humor.
    I met some tailor an they told me that they a very unhappy about the fit of the jackets of Angela Merkel. No the best tailoring für the most important German women. I hope the younger politician will demonstrate more creativity.
    Mema

    • Lynn says:

      I think that Merkel’s jacket fits her a lot better than Clinton’s does. Maybe they should both find new tailors!

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