'Some of us are looking to ban the scrunchies': Hillary Clinton's staff plan revolt against Eighties hair accessory
20:30 GMT, 9 April 2012
She was the United States Senator for New York for eight years and yet Hillary Rodham Clinton is guilty of committing the ultimate fashion faux pas for 'any self-respecting New York City woman.'
In spite of the claim made by Manhattan's favourite fictional fashionista, Carrie Bradshaw, that a scrunchie would never be sported by a native New Yorker, Mrs Clinton consistently ties her hair up with the Eighties hair accessory – a habit some of her staffers would like to put end to.
According to one of Mrs Clinton's top aides, there is a general feeling that the scrunchie could be replaced by something more stylish.
Fashion faux pas: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is well known for wearing the scrunchie, an Eighties hair accessory that Carrie Bradshaw confined to the bathroom and Mrs Clinton's aides would like to see the back of
'Some of us are looking to ban the scrunchies,' she confessed.
In a revealing feature by Elle about the Secretary of State's career trajectory and personal transformation, an aide explained that the reason behind the pulled back look was an age-old excuse: convenience.
'As a chick, it's a big pain in the butt. The weather is different, and you’re in and out of the plane,' she said. '[The staff] gets off that plane looking like garbage most days, but she has to look camera ready.
'She said the reason she grew her hair long was that it's easier. She has options.'
Up-do: The U.S. Secretary of State often sports a scrunchie or similar hair accessory when pressed for time
Chig-non! Carrie Bradshaw, Manhattan's favourite fictional fashionista once said that no self-respecting New York City woman would be caught dead wearing a scrunchie
But the alternatives suggested by the
State Department official it seems, do not include the fussy hair-tie
worn by Mrs Clinton on those busy days.
confession of the scrunchie ban has incited a frenzy of posts and
discussions on the internet where even bloggers on parenting websites
have an opinion on the matter.
Alternative Though a staffer mentioned that Mrs Clinton grew her hair long in order to have 'options' we're hoping this style isn't one of them
Dated Hillary Rodham Clinton has long favoured the alice band as a way to wear her hair down in a softer style
controversial hair accessory aside, Obama's most important foreign
affairs representative has been impressing the sartorial commentators of
late, with her iconic pant suits and understated style, often stepping
out in outfits she has frequently re-worn.
Elle's Rachael Combe said in her
piece: 'To my eye, she's finally hit her personal-style groove. She's
wearing teardrop-shape sapphires on her ears and a blue shirt. She's
been wearing blue a lot lately- the pastel pantsuits have gone to the
back of the closet – and the color flatters her, bringing out her eyes.'
Rainbow bright: Mrs Clinton''s fashion sense is best characterised by her vivid pant suits
Why change the habit of a lifetime Tim Gunn once said that her style was mannish but recently the Secretary of State has come into her own according to Elle reporter Rachael Combe
In contrast to the more feminine, aggressively fashionable First Lady, Mrs Clinton's dress code is more modest, perhaps more in tune with the serious pro-women's policies for which she dedicates her time to advocating.
But the Elle reporter attributes the increase of her all-round appeal to a less calculated set of choices.
More prep time: Mrs Clinton, former Senator for New York, wears her hair down, groomed into a sleek look with a natural face that lets the fuchsia suit do the talking
'Unhitched from her husband’s position, her daughter successfully launched, freed from the “permanent campaign” that defined the Clintons' years in elective office, with a bully pulpit to agitate all over the world for her lifelong passion – women’s and children’s rights – Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to be finally having fun being Hillary Rodham Clinton.'
If this is indeed the case, perhaps Miss Carrie Bradshaw needs to lighten up a bit too.