This exhibit at the Design Museum in London gets powerful women, especially those in international politics, to “stand up and say, for the record and posterity, that clothes matter and require (and deserve) thought.” The article’s author calls this stance unprecedented, and sadly she is right, at least on any scale as official as a museum’s.
The fact that women can and do use appearance more than men to sway public opinion has been the elephant in the room for a long time, both in America and abroad.
Yet rather than rue the judgement that all women leaders are subject to, we ought to embrace and manipulate this tool as a competitive advantage, because from shoes to hair to bags to makeup to jewelry, we women have vastly more socially acceptable means of expression than men, and it is worth the tradeoff of waking up earlier than men to get ready.
So, what do you want to tell the world tomorrow? You don’t even have to say anything…