Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dear Hillary...

First Democratic presidential debate

Dear Hillary,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter. Please believe I wouldn't bother if I didn't care.  I want you to look your best as you go out to slay the Jabberwacky (as your opponent is referred to in this household). But lately you've been looking a little frowsy around the edges. Too many bad hair days and reruns of the dreaded colorful pantsuits.

Slaying the Jabberwocky

When I saw you on the first Democratic presidential debate, you looked so great I wrote about it. You were wearing a lovely outfit, and your hair and makeup were flawless. I was so happy you finally hired the right stylist and/or you were listening to her/him.

I can't even imagine what constantly being on the campaign trail is like. You must barely have time to eat and sleep let alone pick three pieces to make an outfit. The Jabberwacky only has to hoist that red tie around his necks, and he's done. He can even doff a baseball cap and get away with it.

This does not go without notice. Even a male friend (who will probably vote for you anyway) said, "I hate her pantsuits!"

Exhibits P (pantsuits) and H (hair)

You may not like my suggestions, but I think you need to add a permanent hairdresser to your entourage. It may cost the taxpayers, but it would be worth it. You also need a stylist to throw out the crayola pantsuits and dress you like the strong woman you are, not like the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass. Look what happened to her.


  1. Well said - even though it makes me angry that we even have to say these things. If Hillary were a man, we might laugh at her rumpled appearance, bad haircut, or terrible ties. But as the Disgrace (sorry, I can't insult even the Jabberwocky, LOL) has proven, even the world's worst hairdo is acceptable on men.

    For women, appearance still matters, and let's face it, an older woman with a jampacked schedule (that means any female world leader) is hard-put to find time to take care of herself. I imagine Hillary has little time to eat, and when she does, it is often not what's good for her (or else her slightly more weighty appearance is thanks to a bulletproof vest, as has been rumored; these are hateful times).

    That doesn't mean it can't be done; staff can make it possible. Hope it happens, for her sake.

    And let me make clear: I think a woman's appearance is always important, but it should be because she wants to make it so; she wants to choose the right hair, makeup and wardrobe -- not because someone else judges that she should. Elections, alas, are different ...

    PS Love your subtle reference to the Disgrace's chins. LOL, and if it was a typo, don't admit it. It's wonderfully sly ... and true.

    1. Great comments and very well put. Thank you. Oh and, yes, the chins were intentional.

  2. Judging from the perpetually bizarre orange skin color and "hairstyle" of her opponent, Hillary may feel she can slack off a bit in the sartorial department. However, I agree she needs to get with the program. She's had too many bad hair days lately. Her opponent made the comment several days ago that she did not look "Presidential." Of course we know this is just code for "she's a woman."

    BTW, Linda Wells, former editor of Allure, recently did an interview with Hillary's hairstylist.

  3. Yes, that black and white debate suit with the longer jacket created a flattering vertical center front opening, didn't look old-fashioned, and -- I'm not saying she should wear more black! -- the colorful pantsuits with short or hip length jackets are probably a big mistake. One problem which even I have with Hillary is that she reminds me of that humorless middle-school principal or the high school disciplinary dean we have all known -- and she does not need to project that very incorrect image of herself with her clothes. Poor woman, because she is a woman in politics she has to self-censor every word she says, and try to project intelligence, knowledge, and decisiveness without seeming "bossy." We live in a world where it's OK for men to seem authoritative -- dare I say "bossy?" But when you're a woman in what used to be a "man's world," even courtesy and tact can be perceived as "weakness." And, unlike her opponent, she is a self-made millionaire, so she can afford to dress well. (Although it would probably cause a scandal if she ever bought a suit that cost what the orange guy pays for his suits.) I second your motion that she find a skilled stylist -- are you volunteering?