Service of When Less is Perfect and When It’s Not at the Olympics

August 2nd, 2021

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There was a turning point for women in the PR business when they didn’t have to appear at every event with a new suit or dress which sure made it easier to pack for days-long business trips as well as on the wallet.

But it’s been different for most women in the public eye, until now, thanks to the First Lady. “Dr. Biden apparently wore only a single new garment during the entirety of her trip to Japan: the Ralph Lauren navy jacket and pants that were part of the official U.S. Olympic Team uniform, and that she wore in her role as official U.S. Olympic Team booster,” Vanessa Friedman wrote in The New York Times. “Other than that, her clothes were all recycled outfits from her closet. And not just at fun family getaways: At public events. Often very big, photo op-filled, recorded-for-history public events,” she wrote in “Jill Biden, Changing the Fashion Game.”

Friedman, the paper’s fashion director and chief fashion critic, acknowledged that a recycled wardrobe is crucial for “image-making, celebrities and their powerful political or entrepreneurial equivalents.”


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She observed: “She is not rejecting fashion — each look she wore is part of the current New York Fashion Week story, each one from American brands both establishment and up and coming. She’s doing her part to promote local business on the global stage.” Friedman mentioned that Dr. Biden “reflects the climate-focused aspect of the Biden agenda,” while supporting the worth of the clothes, that they merit keeping.

Meanwhile in “The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear,” Sharon Pruitt-Young reported on npr.org: “The Norwegian women’s beach handball team is in a battle with the sport’s governing bodies to wear less-revealing uniforms. After the team’s repeated complaints about the required bikini bottoms were reportedly ignored, they wore shorts during a recent game in protest and were fined 150 euros (around $175) per player.”

According to Jenny Gross in The New York Times “Men, on the other hand, can wear shorts as long as four inches above their knees as long as they are ‘not too baggy.'”

Do you think a First Lady or celebrity should have new clothes every time she will be photographed? Should female athletes be forced to wear revealing uniforms to compete in the Olympics or in any sports event?

5 Responses to “Service of When Less is Perfect and When It’s Not at the Olympics”

  1. BC Said:

    Think the First Lady is a trend setter, and sets an example for all women. Some in our culture need a new dress for every cocktail party!

    I applaud the Norwegian ladies for wanting to wear shorts. They should at the very least have the option. For my taste, too much skin is exposed with the bikini bottoms.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    BC,

    I’ve known secure women who’ve worn the same clothes for special events for decades even though they could well afford new ones. For those with the money it does no harm to buy lots of clothes if they enjoy doing so. But many cannot and for them taking away the pressure is a blessing.

    As for bikini bottoms, I’d think that they would be uncomfortable.

  3. Larry Kay Said:

    Larry on Facebook: I’d gotten the impression that some people tracked Kate Middleton’s apparel – sometimes over a period of years – but the first lady?! Honestly!

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Larry,

    People with too much time on their hands.

  5. Francine Ryan Said:

    Francine on Facebook: That would be No and No.

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