In this morning’s newspaper, one article dissected the clothes that Cindy McCain wore at the recent Republican Convention. Her $300,000 Oscar de la Renta outfit (including the diamond earrings, the 4-strand pearl necklace, the white Chanel watch, and the strappy shoes) has been the focus of all kinds of news articles and internet chatter. Some have complimented her on how spectacular she looked, while others have condemned her for her extravagance. In the same article, notice was also taken of Laura Bush’s $4000 Oscar de la Renta outfit. My reaction to their pricey choices in wardrobe was: whatever.
This same article ended with the following remarks about Sarah Palin’s wardrobe choices:
“Sarah Palin is more focused on what will get her to Washington, not on the Best Dressed List. As Palin has said to Vogue magazine: ‘A reporter once asked me about it (her appearance) during the campaign, and I assured him I was trying to be as frumpy as I could.’”
That made me laugh. She just as well could have said to the reporter, “Why are you asking me such a frivolous question? I am more than my wardrobe. I have more important matters to be concerned with—why aren’t you concerned about them as well?” But with that funny quip, she said all that without saying it, and without being offensive. Kudos to Sarah! I commend her for staying focused on what’s important, and not getting defensive or offensive. A trivial question deserves a humorous answer. And she is obviously "comfortable in her own skin" as well as being unconcerned about making fashion headlines.
As far as “frumpy” goes, however, I didn’t think she looked at all frumpy, which means unattractive. While her clothes didn’t call attention to themselves, they also didn’t distract or detract from her overall presence. She looked fine to me. If that is “frumpy,” I’d like to see more of it. Her kind of “frumpiness” might just catch on as a new style in this country among forty-somethings. It would be a nice change from today’s styles that really look frumpy to me: clothes that are too tight showing every bulge, and hip fat sticking out between the bottom hem of a shirt and the top of a waist band. Ugly! On the other hand, I admit that I have always missed the fashion boat because I am missing the fashion gene in my DNA. I am genetically frumpy. LOL