Hillary Clinton may think she’s making a statement of power in her never ending array of pantsuits, but new research is saying otherwise.
According to the Telegraph, scientists–not sure why they’re studying these things–found that women “who wear skirts and jackets are viewed as more confident, higher-earning and more savvy than their trouser sporting peer.” The study also found that opinions are formed within seconds of a “first meeting,” and it’s directly based on clothes. I guess that whole “you should never judge a book by its cover,” thing never really sank in for anyone.
Says Karen Pine, the psychologist who co-led the research at the University of Hertforshire: “What we found suggests women can still dress in a feminine way yet still be perceived as confident and successful. The skirt suit seems to balance professionalism with attractiveness.” This is an interesting contrast to other studies that had suggested that women who dressed with a more masculine edge were the ones being perceived as those having “greater professional status.”
Clinton, in particular, has long been criticized for her choice in attire. First it was Vogue‘s Anna Wintour who famously referred to Clinton’s style as “mannish” when Clinton decided she didn’t want to be on the cover of Vogue in a dress. And very recently fashion designer, Tim Gunn, also made some disparaging comments about the secretary of state’s clothing choices. However, Clinton keeps rocking those pantsuits like it’s nobody’s business; and if Wintour and Gunn can’t change her mind in how she presents herself to the world, it’s safe to assume that a study won’t have any effect on her either.