How Sen. Dianne Feinstein Rocked Seersucker on #ComeyDay

Senator Dianne Feinstein in seersucker hijacked my eyes.

I was watching former FBI director James Comey’s hearing on Thursday, while doing computer work, when Sen. Feinstein popped up onscreen and began her line of questioning.

In seersucker.

Extra points for pairing with a chunky pale peach beaded necklace – a modern take on classic pearls.

The democratic senator from California looked polished, yet unique compared to the myriad of dark suits in the room. Sen. Feinstein’s look read ‘appropriate yet different’. My brain woke up.

A standout moment 

When I searched online for an appropriate picture for this post, I discovered USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Huffington Post were also intrigued by Sen. Feinstein’s choice of seersucker.

Carly Ledbetter of the Huffington Post says in her article, some people felt Sen. Feinstein was not clad somberly enough given the gravity of the situation. Ledbetter went on to say seersucker is in fact a senate tradition dating back to the pre-air-conditioned early 1900’s, because of it’s breathability in hot, humid weather.

Naturally, the donning of seersucker for summer trailed off mid-century with the genius invention of air conditioning.

Sen. Feinstein introduced seersucker for women

Liking seersucker, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) introduced Seersucker Thursday in the 1990’s. Sen. Feinstein introduced seersucker for women in 2004.

Go Senator Dianne Feinstein.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Dressed in Seersucker suits, Senators (Front Row L to R) Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Thad Cochrane and Shelley Capito; (Back Row L to R) John Isakson, Diane Feinstein, Mitch McConnnell, Amy Klobacher, and Roger Wicker pose for a photo for National Seersucker Day at the U.S. Capitol Building on June 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Haspel)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 11: Dressed in Seersucker suits, Senators (Front Row L to R) Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Thad Cochrane and Shelley Capito; (Back Row L to R) John Isakson, Diane Feinstein, Mitch McConnnell, Amy Klobacher, and Roger Wicker pose for a photo for National Seersucker Day at the U.S. Capitol Building on June 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Haspel)

Oppose conformity

Prior to knowing this background, Sen. Feinstein’s success in projecting appropriate seriousness in seersucker,  emphasizes there are merits to opposing conformity often apparent in corporations, particularly in government. If Sen. Feinstein wanted to gain her audience’s attention while delivering her questions– mission accomplished.

Key Takeaways

Sartorial risks can enhance your professional position. Having a unique image signifies boldness, and stakes your territory confidently.

Why not try seersucker, a keep-cool alternative to your casual Friday look this summer? A seersucker blazer or even a full suit may fit in other days of the week too, instead of your typical professional style, depending on your office.

P.S. Readers, what do you think of Dianne Feinstein’s choice to wear seersucker to the Comey hearing? Appropriate or not appropriate?

xo,

Jamie

 

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2 Responses to How Sen. Dianne Feinstein Rocked Seersucker on #ComeyDay

  1. Tara 06/17/2017 at 5:21 am #

    Hi Jamie
    I’m relocating to Los Angeles and need some trendy but corporate appropriate wardrobe ideas.

    I have a seersucker suit so I’m already on the way!

    • Jamie McClean 06/19/2017 at 2:41 am #

      Hi Tara!
      Congrats! That’s exciting and definitely wardrobe adjustments are necessary. Besides being warmer, LA is more casual- as I am sure you noticed when you visited! Your seersucker suit will be a perfect start!:) The bottom and top of the suit can be mixed and matched or worn together – and the jacket will look great with jeans for casual Friday, and over a color sheath dress too. If you make sure you have a few light color blazers, a light color trouser, and light color skirt – you will be off to a good start as it will lighten the overall look of your darker basics…more in keeping with LA style. LA loves to mix darker neutrals with lighter neutrals. Also a vertical striped button down, color sheath dress, a pretty patterned dress will serve you well. Here is a link to an interesting article too http://www.whowhatwear.com/what-los-angeles-girls-wear-to-work/slide5 . Good luck! Drop me a line about your new job! Im over at jamie.mcclean@ambitiousattire.com

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