It's easy for the men: They can wear a suit, wash the grey out of their hair and opt to wear makeup on television appearances, but for women, the challenges of keeping the focus on the issues--not the clothes--is an issue in and of itself. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, fashion "can be a potent tool for packaging a candidate" and if you're a woman in the spotlight of a high-profile race, you are always being looked at and picked apart. People are constantly asking: "What is she wearing?" "How is she changing?" "Is she too sexy, too pretty, too masculine?"
Palin, in Vogue's most recent issue, said she was "trying to be as frumpy as I could by wearing my hair on top of my head and these schoolmarm glasses." But the glasses could easily be perceived as sexy, too. Remember, she also wore a black satin jacket that dipped just low enough in front the other night at the RNC. Her hair is carefree and twirled into a clip, yet we're left wondering: What happens when the secretary-like hair is shaken out and the glasses--designed by Kuzao Kawasaki ($375)--come off? More beauty-queen than hockey mom/VP, no?
In the coming days, Palin's issues will hopefully eclipse our obsession with her fashion and glasses. Until then, check out other famous women that made their frames their best accessory.
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