Theresa May: The Great Style Debate

by on August 5, 2016, in Style • No Comments

There has been a vast amount of referendum restructuring affecting British parliamentary positions in recent weeks. Former Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May has stepped up to the political plate and after much media scrutiny has taken on the testing role of the country’s new leader.


This Vogue subscriber has a spirited clothing style, which includes thigh-high boots, bold leopard prints, kitten heels and bloc colour blazers.[1] She dabbles in both high end and high street fashion through the likes of Anya Hindmarch and Clarks. [2] Her clothing collaborations have brought about lots of conversation amongst the nation and much like the Brexit result, there has been a clearly divided consensus amongst the press and general public.


One take on the dress debate is that the Prime minister should not be judged in a patronising and sexist manner solely on her wardrobe choices and that the only thing that truly matters is her ability to govern. Her fashion statements have been described as tacky, irrelevant and at fault for taking the focus away from her political ability. People have voiced the fact that they are tired of shallow fashion fads and menial ‘celebrity culture’ and want those held accountable for the country’s best interests to be taken seriously.


Others are taking the view that Theresa is a credible figure supporting British fashion and its cultural/economic value as well as adding a touch of fun to politics. ‘Theresa May fashion’ Google search analytics prove that she has attracted interest, is a talking point and is relatable to all classes of the female British public who have purchased similar clothing items (e.g Primark leopard print ballet pumps). This is much needed after Brexit proved that half the country feels frustrated and disconnected from the wealthy and privately educated political elite.


Theresa has a strong political history but does need to prove that she has the substance to underpin her style. Other politicians have commented that Theresa is a feminist, shuns cliques and is very much her own woman. Her unwavering sense of style proves that she has confidence, an identity and knows her own mind, which will surely serve the country well through the post Brexit upheaval and upcoming EU negotiations.


Why can’t the power elite or in fact anyone, enjoy clothing?


Fashion is considered a form of artistic expression and isn’t it time for some colour and optimism to be added to the dreary world of politics?


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