Disclaimer: NY Spender is not a political blog. The following post is not about politics but about fashion.
And about a little venting. ;)
I am fed up with all the criticism to Sarah Palin regarding the $150,000 she spent on her wardrobe.
You want to know my first thought when I heard that news: "That's all??"
One hundred and fifty thousand dollars is a lot of money, I agree, but the fact that she is the Vice Presidential candidate puts that money in perspective. Unless you are a democrat, of course.
I mean there are plenty of women that spend that kind of money on clothes, there are even fictional ones that get idolized for doing so (Carrie Bradshaw).
Since when running for such a high political position as VP, where you should dress as sharply and as polished as possible, calls for Target clothes?
Let's be real.
Did Jackie shop at Wal-Mart?
Or did she know that designer clothes were so much better than the cheap stuff from Target (yes, I know, there was no Target then, but just play along...)?
And don't give me the "she was rich" excuse, because you can be rich and still be frugal and buy inexpensive clothes. Nobody puts a gun to your head.
Designer is, most of the time, the better quality choice. And people know this. Period.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that Hillary Clinton’s custom made pantsuits from Forest were worth about $6,350 a piece retail.
Now think about how many different pantsuits have you seen Hillary wear.
But it's ok, and nobody complained. Because she is a democrat.
If someone ever made me the personal stylist to one of the USA Vice Presidential Candidate, I wouldn't walk... I would RUN to Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman! I wouldn't go to Target!
Nor would I go to J.Crew.
But Michelle Obama wears J.Crew!
Sure she does! Especially a few days after all the $150,000 criticism to Palin.
Michelle isn't stupid you know?
It's the people sitting at home and watching Jay Leno, that are stupid. Stupid for falling for it.
Let me show you how Michelle Obama doesn't just buy J.Crew in 3 simple points:
In July 2008, Michelle Obama topped Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List.
You don't top the list with clothes from Wal-Mart and J.Crew. You just don't.
The only counter-argument is that Vanity Fair was just royally kissing up to Obama. Because there is no way they think she dresses better than Carla Bruni!
This famous purple dress.
Guess how much?
Not really "budget-friendly" is it now?
Now multiply $900 by all the different appearances Michelle has made since February 2007 (when her husband announced his candidacy), and you should get to $150,000 pretty quickly.
But it's ok. Because she is a democrat.
This is not a J.Crew dress.
This dress comes directly from the Jennifer Convertibles Catalog.
It is also available in sofa bed and love seat sizes.
So what have we learned today?
That it is ok to spend money on clothes only if you are a democrat. If you are a republican you shouldn't be allowed in any of the high end stores, because they're just too good for you!
People need to stop comparing themselves to these presidential candidates.
I understand that you wouldn't spend $150,000 in clothes, but I bet that you're not running for VP neither, are you?