Members of the infamous 'Squad' and other women in the House and Senate helped their colleague out with some of their tried and tested power-dressing-on-a-budget tips.
Representative-elect Cori Bush, who just made history as the first Black woman to be elected to Congress in Missouri, is already getting ready to stroll down the halls of the US Capitol with purpose. However, she's quickly realized that getting elected to Congress is as much about dressing the part as it is about policymaking and that building a power dressing wardrobe is a pricey business. Thankfully, this is a challenge some of her soon-to-be colleagues are all too familiar with and they were more than happy to share some tricks of the trade with the freshman congresswoman.
Cori Bush, who defeated longtime representative Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary, is officially Rep-elect Cory Bush and will be taking her very progressive, far-left politics to Washington where “The Squad” is sure to welcome her into their ranks! https://t.co/lMTjWfpEMU pic.twitter.com/jkiOgTimGn— The Root (@TheRoot) November 4, 2020
"The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it's really expensive to get the business clothes I need for the Hill," Bush tweeted on Tuesday. "So I’m going thrift shopping tomorrow." The 44-year-old's tweet soon caught the attention of several members of the infamous 'Squad' and other women in the House and Senate, who helped their colleague out with some of their tried and tested power-dressing-on-a-budget tips. "Thrifting, renting, and patience as you get your closet together sis. Capsule wardrobe will be your best friend. [Ayanna Presley] has the accessory game down. Good news is that all these practices are very sustainable and good for the planet," tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
"You can also thrift and buy second hand online, which helped me get higher quality, longer-lasting things that would normally be out of budget. Good luck," AOC added. The two women also ended up making plans for a girls-day-out-thrifting and their sisterhood is giving us life right now. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) — who's a member of the 'Squad' along with AOC, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — echoed her squad member's words as she revealed that she too frequently thrifts some of her congressional outfits.
"Thrifting is the way to go, it also makes your look unique," Omar tweeted. "It's also where I get most of my jewelry. Somali shops in my district have the best scarves on a budget, will get you some to spice up any wardrobe. I specialize in $50 or less outfits." Meanwhile, Congresswoman Tlaib had an even better tip as she disclosed that she sometimes wears some of her maternity clothes under her blazers. "P.S. I get the most compliments from the clothes I got from thrift shops," she added.
I got you sis, see you soon in DC.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 11, 2020
I feel you @CoriBush I had to do a Ross Run! See you tomorrow Congresswoman Elect!— Senator Nikema Williams (@NikemaWilliams) November 11, 2020
Great idea.— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) November 11, 2020
My trick is Rent the Runway for more posh outfits. Never have to wear the same outfit twice.
Ayanna Pressley also joined the love fest with some beauty secrets for when the cameras come calling. "For all those media hits, don't sleep on the lashes or HD makeup products at CVS. Black Opal, NYX, Wet N Wild are the truth," she tweeted.
These ladies sure seem to have mastered the art of dressing for the public eye without breaking the bank. They've sure had the practice for it, what with being scrutinized tenfold than their male counterparts. AOC addressed the matter in her recent Vanity Fair cover story, saying: "It's legitimately hard being a first-generation woman... and being working class, trying to navigate a professional environment. It continues to take me so long to try to figure out how to look put-together without having a huge designer closet."
Presenting our December cover star: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Two elections in, the congresswoman is still fighting the fight—and she’s as sure as she’s ever been.— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 28, 2020
Read the @AOC cover story now. Photograph by Tyler Mitchell. https://t.co/xAbI0YAekC pic.twitter.com/lEeKmw5mGh
Funnily enough, the outfits she wore for this very same cover story sparked a backlash from some commentators, who claimed the high-end clothes she wore contradicted her stance as a Democratic socialist. AOC set them straight with a quick lesson in sustainable fashion. Responding to Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham's criticism of her cover photo outfits, the young Congresswoman tweeted: "I don’t know if you’ve been in a photoshoot Laura, but you don’t keep the clothes. The whole 'she wore clothes in a magazine, let’s pretend they’re hers' gimmick is the classic Republican strategy of 'let’s willfully act stupid, and if the public doesn’t take our performative stupidity seriously then we’ll claim bias.' GOP, get yourselves together. It’s sad."