Angela Merkel was greeted by protesters when she arrived in Greece today.Strangely enough, her ever-present pantsuit could have helped fuel the firestorm.
But Merkel’s plain fashion sense is indicative of her disagreements with the EU, according to a Wall Street Journal article published in May.
A political style expert tells the Journal about the pitfalls of Merkel’s practical style:
“While that sartorial consistency may have been an asset earlier in her career, it could become a problem as Ms. Merkel pushes the unpopular message of austerity to European Union members and faces a restless electorate at home, says Robb Young, author of “Power Dressing: First Ladies, Women Politicians & Fashion.” “Her static wardrobe can be perceived as an honest reflection of her political persona—a no-nonsense, rational woman,” says Mr. Young. “But the same unwavering resolve to maintain this habitual, signature style could be a liability among certain voters aching for signs of change.”‘
Merkel is unpopular in European countries like Greece and Spain because she opposed financial aid to those countries and argued for austerity.
It’s possible that her pantsuit is a symbol of her no-nonsense mentality.
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