Why Kate Middleton style blogger is tracking Kamala Harris's fashion: 'Any good politician knows that what they wear sends a message'
Two fashion bloggers who have followed every look from Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle turn their attention to a new topic: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“Every good politician knows that what he is wearing sends a message. Like it or not, it's part of the package, ”says journalist Susan Kelley, founder of the fashion blog What Kate Wore.
In 2011, Kelley launched What Kate Wore, which records Kate Middleton's style. Kelley's friend Susan Courter created a similar website dedicated to Meghan Markle, which Meghan wore in 2016. Kelley and Courter teamed up to write about Harris' style online.
Focusing on the intersection of politics and style, the What Kamala Wore website was created to break down the outfits Harris wore in public engagements. While the website's mission is similar to the fashion blogs devoted to the choice of Meghan and Kate, Kelley shares the key differences she found between pursuing Harris and the royals.
Kelley explains that Kensington Palace is releasing designer credits for the royals, e.g. B. who made each piece of clothing or accessory. This is not the case with Harris because she "doesn't want to be known for her wardrobe or who she wears," she says.
While disassembling each outfit is an added challenge, Kelley notes that Harris' outfits are consistent, approachable, and authentic. For example, Harris was spotted repeatedly on the campaign trail in jeans and Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, a very relatable look that is easy to reproduce.
Kamala Harris wears bespoke Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers in October. (Reuters / David Becker)
Kelley has learned from persecuting Harris that she is not a public figure who cares about "the hottest trend or the latest off the run" or considers fashion a high priority.
"She's about work and mission and accomplishing things," says Kelley.
Harris is however aware of how clothing can be used to maximize a message. For example, Carolina Herrera's white suit that the elected vice president wore when she and Joe Biden delivered victory speeches made a strong message as it appeared to be a nod to suffragists who campaigned for women's suffrage.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks to supporters in Wilmington, Delaware on November 7th. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Kelley says she plans to use 10 percent of the site's profits for the HBCU Foundation, which funds historically black colleges and universities, as Harris talked at length about her experience at Howard University and the importance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) hat) in the United States.
"The dialogue about politics in this country was so negative and critical that What Kamala Wore is a little bit of an escape for me," says Kelley.
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