In the House: Theresa May's Week


From celebrating the Commonwealth to Brexit votes, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

On Monday the PM was in Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day. May wore her new blue Daniel Blake coat, pairing it with a navy skirt and white top; She accessorised with a stylish navy hat with feather detailing from Liz Felix Millinery and the navy Twiggy heels from Russell & Bromley.

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Following the service, May headed to Strasbourg where she changed into a black Daniel Blake custom jacket for a late night press conference.

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On Tuesday the House began the first day of further Brexit votes. May, nursing a poorly throat, added some colour to proceedings with her orange Daniel Blake Nehru jacket. She wore black trousers and the super comfy (and super cute) red Audrey kitten heels from LK Bennett.

And on Wednesday, May took part in Prime Minister's Questions before further Brexit voting. She wore her navy Escada skirt suit, teaming it with the navy Curve heels from Russell & Bromley and accessorising with an oversized green jewelled necklace.

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Thursday saw the final day of Brexit votes and May wore her grey check Daniel Blake dress with the black Curve heels. A classic look. 

Salisbury to International Women's Day


From visiting Salisbury to marking International Women's Day, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

On Monday, the PM was in Salisbury to mark a year since the Russian attack. Meeting local businesses and residents, May wore her brown tweed floral Paule Ka jacket with trousers, pairing it with the Clean Cut leopard loafers from Russell & Bromley and her baby blue Herno coat.

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On Tuesday, May was at Buckingham Palace to mark 50 years since the Investiture of the Prince of Wales. The PM wore her purple Origami skirt suit by Daniel Blake, picking the iconic leopard Kitty heels from Charlotte Olympia and the silver Balls necklace and bracelet from Mirta Bijoux for some serious accessorising.

Later in the day, May welcomed the President of Cyprus to Number 10.

And on Wednesday, May took part in Prime Minister's Questions- this time wearing her grey pinstripe trouser suit from Daniel Blake. She wore the Curve black heels from Russell & Bromley for an empowering look.

On Thursday, the PM hosted an International Women's Day event at Number 10. May wore her blue check Daniel Blake dress, teaming it with a blue cropped jacket from DvF and a seriously stylish oversized silver necklace.

And on Friday, the PM was in Grimsby delivering a speech about Brexit. May turned to another Daniel Blake jacket for the event, teaming it with black trousers and the leopard Delicious flats from Russell & Bromley.

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Egypt to Westminster: Theresa May's Week


From two days in Egypt to a busy week in Westminster, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

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On Monday, the PM was in Sharm el-Sheikh for the EU Arab Summit. May arrived the day before wearing a new, blue and silver patterned coat, teaming it with black trousers and the leopard Delicious flats from Russell & Bromley. And on Day 2, she wore the pink coat from Harris Wharf, pairing it with the Charlize black and silver toed loafers from Russell & Bromley. A definite winner!

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Tuesday saw May in the House of Commons to deliver an update on Brexit negotiations. The PM wore her stylish navy suit with silk collar- which we now know is by Amanda Wakeley! She made it a red, white and blue theme, choosing the red suede LK Bennett kitten heels and debuting a snazzy new silver necklace.

And on Wednesday, the PM was back at the dispatch box for Prime Minister's Questions. The striking satsuma Nehru jacket by Daniel Blake made a welcome reappearance- and May paired it with a black skirt and the Curve heels from Russell & Bromley.

On Thursday, May welcomed King Abdullah II of Jordan to Number 10 ahead of a Britain/Jordan conference. The PM wore a black dress and her black and white colourblock blazer from Escada. She continued the monochrome theme with the fierce zebra Starlet heels from Russell & Bromley.

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Theresa May at the Conservative Councillors' Conference


The PM was at the Conservative Councillors' Association conference today. We love this primary colours based outfit- with a new navy jacket teamed with a pair of patent red kitten heels from LK Bennett!

After the conference, May hot-footed it back to her Maidenhead constituency for a spot of afternoon canvassing.

Theresa May's Dogtooth Amanda Wakeley Coat


Theresa May debuted a new Amanda Wakeley coat on her trip to Dublin last week - and it was something a little different from what we have come to expect from the Prime Minister.

The embroidered dogtooth check Crombie is new to the Wakeley range, and is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection. The purple floral embroidered detail on the shoulder is particularly striking, and May paired her coat with a simple black jersey dress and black kitten heels.

The collection has other pieces that complement the coat- including a pair of dogtooth trousers and a matching skirt. It's certainly a statement piece!

Politically Speaking: dressing with a message


In an environment where image is everything, what a politician says, does and wears, often makes the headlines.

As a blog that focuses and features 'political style,' my eye is always trained to the subtle (or not so subtle) messaging that a politician might be sharing with what they wear. Are they looking to reinforce a particular policy point or pay homage to the city they are visiting? Or perhaps they even want to cause a little outrage with a jacket or a bag.

Fashion is often called frivolous, but the sartorial selections of our leaders can cause a real impact for the designers, brands and artisans who make creating clothes and accessories their life's work.

From Theresa May to Michelle Obama, here's how to dress with a message.

Theresa May's purple suit

Bold and bright, Theresa May's purple skirt suit is one of our favourites. Handmade by Daniel Blake, the Origami jacket with matching skirt is one that outfit that conveys the PM's strength and power. The poppin' purple hue reminds me of one of the colours in the suffragette palette, including the Votes for Women scarf that hangs in Parliament. 

May will often wear this at the dispatch box, giving proceedings a twist of chic and colour. We have seen this look paired with the Kitty velvet kitten heels from Charlotte Olympia, and the oversized Amanda Wakeley chain necklace and bracelet. It's a truly epic look. 

May has several tailored items from Daniel Blake in her wardrobe. A uniform that every political woman should aspire too. 

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Nancy Pelosi and the female Democratic caucus's white pantsuits

Tuning into this year's State of the Union address, you couldn't help but notice a sea of white pantsuits worn by female members of the Democratic caucus. Echoing the message of suffragette's, female members of Congress donned white outfits to send a message to the President- and the viewing public of their refusal to be left out of the administration's policy priorities. Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez wore a white cape, and returned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cleverly accessorised her white pantsuit with a red and blue chunky necklace - the colours echoing the American flag. 

This is not the first time we have seen female lawmakers don white to make a political point. From using white to support the ERA to Hillary Clinton wearing a sharp white pantsuit to accept the Democratic nomination for President, here's a run down of its historical significance. 

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Jacinda Ardern's Maori cloak

On her first visit to the UK as New Zealand's Prime Minister, Adern attended CHOGM and a dinner at Buckingham Palace wearing a traditional Maori cloak. Praised as a proud moment for women and Maoris, Adern wore a Kahu huruhuru; a Māori cloak adorned with feathers and bestowed on chiefs and dignitaries to convey prestige, respect and power. On social media in New Zealand the striking image went viral, with many people commenting that the picture captured the inversion of traditional gender roles; a female world leader wearing a powerful cloak while pregnant and representing her country. 

Theresa May's red jacket

A small and subtle gesture, Theresa May often wears something red when she is in Wales. At the launch of Women2Win Wales, May selected her red Amanda Wakeley jacket, teaming it with a pair of red patent kitten heels from favoured brand, L.K. Bennett. It's this type of stylish thought that brings a smile to a fashionista's face!

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Michelle Obama's Jason Wu inaugural gown

It's hard to believe that this iconic fashion moment was ten years ago. We all waited in anticipation to see if the new First Lady would make a political fashion statement with the choice of her inaugural gown - and she did not disappoint. Obama selected a white silk chiffon off the shoulder gown embellished with organza flowers and Swaorvski crystal embellishments for the round of inaugural balls. Designed by little known designer Jason Wu, the choice conveyed the Obama's message of hope and change- and a fresh start. It's still a classic and can be seen up close in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. 

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Amber Rudd's black and white coat

Now, maybe not an immediate or obviously political choice, I did see the parallels in Amber Rudd's black and white piped coat with the uniforms of police officers whilst she was Home Secretary! Plus it's an awfully chic choice to pair with a blouse, trousers and heels. 

Theresa May's bee adorned Humbug shoes

We couldn't cover the Prime Minister without mentioning her shoes. May's choice of Russell & Bromley's Humbug shoes for the 2017 Conservative Party Conference earned little coverage  - but eagled eyed Miss Political Style here noticed that they were adorned with sparkling bees. Perhaps it was a subtle nod to the official emblem of the conference's host city, Manchester?

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Liz Truss's red dress

Budget Day is truly an exciting one for political geeks like myself, and aside from the fiscal fascination, we couldn't help notice that Liz Truss had selected a rather cool red dress to match the red box of the Chancellor. This particular dress was from Karen Millen - and sold out in rapid time. 

Theresa May's white and red ode to Japan

Much like her tribute to Wales, when visiting Japan in 2017, Theresa May selected a red jersey dress and white blazer to meet her Japanese counterpart. True literal dressing!

Theresa May's military inspired Sandhurst outfit

Standing in for the Queen during a passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2017 is perhaps one of Theresa May's most literal message laden fashion moments. From the Military navy coat by Daniel Blake, to the red hat by Liz Felix - this is the ultimate ode to the military uniforms of the cadets. 

Which of these sartorially savvy looks is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

Brussels and Brexit: Theresa May's Week


From two trips to Ireland to a return to Brussels, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

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On Tuesday, the PM travelled to Belfast for the first day of her two day trip to the city as part of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. May returned to some fine Daniel Blake tailoring for her visit, wearing the Notch Military jacket in a navy and silver wool, teaming it with a navy skirt and the Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley. She also kept warm in her Daniel Blake Military coat and a grey cashmere scarf.

On Wednesday, the PM had further meetings in Belfast before returning to London for the Black and White Party. May debuted a new Paule Ka dress - an appropriate sleeveless white and black number! She wore the Curve heels from Russell & Bromley and accessorised with some Swarovski jewellery.

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On Thursday it was back to Brussels- and back to Daniel Blake for May. The PM wore our all-time favourite Military jacket from the London based tailor, wearing it with a pair of his custom trousers and the Curve heels.

And on Friday, May returned to Dublin for further Brexit talks.
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