Finding style inspiration in new ways is always exciting. Sure, glossy magazines and mannequins can put certain trends on our radar, but sometimes I find them in places I never expected, or when I wasn’t even looking. Many people have become somewhat obsessed with certain a Netflix series, House of Cards. The dirty underbelly of Capitol Hill is depicted through some seriously messed up plot lines, but no matter how manipulative the characters are being, I noticed that Claire Underwood always looked positively flawless. She is the essence of what we call “timeless style”, and it got me looking at some other politically leading ladies and how they’ve brought style to the world of politics.

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A common mindset is that women in politics, or any business for that matter, must dress boring. We’ll put any gender inequality arguments to the side for this blog, but just because a woman is wearing basics doesn’t mean she’s boring. Claire Underwood wants to be taken seriously and her crisp Oxford Button Down and framed glasses do it all while giving her an air of sophistication. In other episodes she rocks designer duds like Dior, Burberry, and Narciso Rodriguez, I don’t think there’s anything dull about that! And I love that her peplum jacket adds some flair to an otherwise ordinary pantsuit.

 

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Previous first lady Jackie Kennedy certainly had a more feminine approach, all the while staying very conservative. Like Claire Underwood, she rocked simple, flattering shapes, but she would often coordinate all three pieces of her outfit. Today, that can be seen as too “matchy-matchy”, but you can’t deny she was the president of all things preppy.

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Finally, back up in the current time, Michelle Obama has definitely broken ground when it comes to politics and fashion. Many previous first ladies have followed the rules which seemingly require them to look put together, but nothing too flashy. Michelle stepped on the scene in 2008 and regardless of your political view, you can’t deny this lady’s got serious style. From showing up to the Late Show in a jumpsuit, to her one of a kind dresses, she’s one of the hippest leading ladies. I mean, the First Lady in a jumpsuit?! 

Whether it’s the muted tones and neutrals of Claire Underwood’s style, to the bright colors of Michelle Obama, or even the doll-like qualities of Jackie Kennedy’s look, one thing that is consistent is that these are all timeless and flattering. After all, what else would you expect from some of the smartest women in Washington? What started as a Netflix addiction, quickly inspired me to the sophistication that these women portrayed, while each adding their own unique element to it. Who’s your favorite?