Repetition of outfits – which is what wealthy people call the fairly common practice of wearing something more than once – is very fashionable. Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda and Tiffany Haddish all endorsed the practice on the red carpet. British tabloids lose their minds when Kate Middleton does.
Today, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has just joined the club, while impeaching Donald Trump on a charge of “incitement to insurgency”.
It was not the first time Pelosi had to prepare for such an event. In December 2019, Trump was impeached from the House for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Pelosi donned the same black suit with three-quarter sleeves and a collar for both occasions. This news was reported by MSNBC and confirmed by the speaker’s office.
Pelosi said in 2019 that impeachment was “no reason to celebrate. It is a sad moment for our country. So her mourning costume corresponded to the present moment – and so it is today.
The outfit also silently injected just the right amount of sartorial drama into an already dramatic day. Pelosi has proven herself in control of these fashion moments, like when she wore that red MaxMara coat in 2019 to meet Trump during a possible government shutdown (key accessory: Armani sunglasses). The photographs got so viral and people loved the look so much that MaxMara pulled out the mantle of retirement.
“He has to go,” Pelosi told Trump today Wednesday. “He represents a clear and present danger to the nation we all love.”
The only thing missing from the outfit this time around: the golden pin that Pelosi placed on his left shoulder, a miniaturized version of the House of Representatives mace, which, according to the US Capitol Visitor Center, “symbolizes the ‘order and authority’.
Today that dramatic accessory has been replaced by a blue floral mask – a true sign of the times. But the outfit still relayed the same message as in 2019: its wearer was serious, but it was not a day to celebrate.
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