Sarah Palin Has an ‘Excuse For Looking Flannel-ly,’ Unlike Michele Bachmann

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Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Robb Young has written a new book, Power Dressing: First Ladies, Women Politicians & Fashion. This expert on lady politicians who get dressed before they do things says that Michele Bachmann is decidedly more feminine in her attire than other women in politics, like Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin. Bachmann, he says, works with a "softer, lighter color palette and a more refined air," while Palin's primary colors are "blunt, loudmouth." Rich Republicans, he believes, might find Palin's look "out of date." But maybe that's just because she's so Alaska-y, another expert on these matters tells The Wall Street Journal:

“Palin works her Alaska-ness, and that can be an excuse for looking flannel-ly and down-vest,” says Daniel James Cole, professor of fashion history at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, who’s writing a book on fashion evolution. “But Bachmann is contradicting the casual trend we’re seeing in the men … as a female candidate when we’ve never had a female president, she may be working to make sure she’s taken seriously.”

D.C. Style Report: Bachmann v. Palin [Heard on the Runway/WSJ]