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 Mฤori 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.

Theresa May at the Black and White Party


Last night saw the snazziest night in the Conservative Party calendar- the Black and White Party. Held at Battersea Evolution, Cabinet ministers joined party supporters for a night of fundraising and fun.

The PM attended the event - and wore a new dress for the occasion. Conforming perfectly to the theme, May wore a black and white shift dress from Paule Ka. The sleeveless three-tone dress is made from in wool tricotine stretch, and features a grey panel at the back. May accessorised with her black suede and patent red Curve heels from Russell & Bromley, the silver Valorie clutch from Anya Hindmarch and some oversized sparkly jewellery. A great look!

And if you're looking to snag the dress for yourself, it is currently on sale over on the Paule Ka website. 

Parliament and Maidenhead: Theresa May's Week


From meetings in Number 10, to Prime Minister's Questions, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

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Whilst we didn't see the PM on Monday, we did get a quick snap of her arriving at Number 10. May wore her trusty purple Escada dress, teaming it with the ever elusive black and leopard suede ankle boots and her new Herno coat. May also attended the 1922 Committee meeting in the evening.

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On Tuesday, the PM was in the House updating Members on Brexit. It was a business like look for May - with a great Amanda Wakeley black tailored suit and the oversized chain necklace the PM's pick. And the shoes? The classic black jewelled Divine flats from Russell & Bromley.

On Wednesday, May was back in the Chamber for Prime Minister's Questions. One of our favourite suits - the purple Origami jacket and matching skirt from Daniel Blake was May's choice. For an added pop of fierce, the PM wore her leopard Charlotte Olympia Kitty heels.

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In the evening, May attended a private function at the Carlton Club. She selected another Daniel Blake piece, this time the grey Hybrid dress for the event.

On Friday,  the PM was in her Maidenhead constituency. She visited the RBWM Girls' Policy Forum to talk apprenticeships, getting more women into politics, more female role models and overcoming stereotypes. May wore a brown textured jacket with trousers and oversized pearl necklace. 

PM dons World Peace Tartan scarf


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So it has been extremely chilly of late in the UK, and I, like the Prime Minister, have been navigating towards some seriously oversized scarves to keep warm!

Mrs May added a new scarf to her mix this week - and one which we absolutely love. The PM has donned a cashmere scarf in World Peace Tartan - the perfect pairing with her light blue Herno coat.

The World Peace Tartan was created to promote a global message of peace.

The light blue represents the presence, hope and potential of the United Nations. Scotland is symbolized by the purple and green of the Scottish thistle. The red and black are reminders of the realities of war and violence and the great need for new living culture of non-violence. The white running through the pattern provides a counterbalance by peace and light.

There are many different options to buy online, but this one is the closest match we have found.

It's definitely a keeper!

The Prime Minister's Winter Purchases


January is a dull, dreary month, and there's nothing like a nice new purchase to brighten the mood! The PM has done just that, stepping out in some cool new pieces over the past few weeks.

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Perhaps our favourite new purchase is the PM's baby blue Herno coat. Now, whilst sharp eyed readers will know this is not the first Herno coat that May owns, this one is quite different to the others thanks to its amazing colour.

Herno's athleisure inspired outerwear are perfect for keeping warm in the unpredictable British weather, and with the quilted sleeves and body able to be zipped out of the coat, you are getting double for your money!

The PM has worn hers frequently since Christmas, pairing it with another new addition to her wardrobe - a greyscale patterned scarf from another favoured brand - Pazuki. We've also seen another lovely grey cashmere scarf adorned with yellow hearts - if anyone knows where this is from then please let us know!

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And what winter would be complete without a pair of snug, chic boots? May has stepped out in this fab black suede pair from Russell & Bromley- the Tailwind is certainly a style staple!

I had lots of messages about the bright, oversized necklace that Mrs May wore during the visit of her Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe to Number 10. The necklace is the Kadinsky Riverstones design by Jackie Brazil, whose jewellery is made from recycled resin and handmade in Brazil. Branded as wearable art, this is certainly a statement piece!

A Week in Westminster: Theresa May's Week


From welcoming the New Zealand Prime Minister to celebrating Burns Night, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

On Monday, the Prime Minister welcomed Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand to Downing Street. May wore her brown Paule Ka floral tweed jacket with a pair of black trousers, her black Balls Mirta Bijoux necklace and her leopard Delicious flats from Russell & Bromley.

Later in the day, May addressed the House of Commons with an update on Brexit. She kept warm on the short journey there in her new pale blue Herno coat and a black and grey scarf from Pazuki.

And in the evening, the PM hosted a Burns Night supper in Number 10. The fierce Blackwatch tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood made a welcome reappearance!

On Wednesday, May took part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions. She wore her navy fleck Military jacket from Daniel Blake, navy trousers and the navy Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley, accessorising with some sparkly Crystaldust Swarovski bangles and the oversized silver chain from Amanda Wakeley.

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And on Friday, the PM was in her Maidenhead constituency where she took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch, the largest wildlife survey in the world. She wore a snazzy new pink knitted scarf for the occasion! 

Back to Brexit: Theresa May's Week


This week was dominated by Brexit and the Meaningful Vote- as well as some strong outfits!

On Monday, the PM was in Stoke-on-Trent where she delivered a speech about the Brexit deal. May wore her white Piazza Sempione jacket with navy stitch detailing, teaming it with black trousers and the black Divine flats from Russell & Bromley.

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On Tuesday, May was in Parliament for the Meaningful Vote. She wore one of our favourite navy suits, teaming it with the navy Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley. For the chilly London day, the PM wore her navy Military coat from Daniel Blake and a soft grey cashmere scarf.

And on Wednesday, May took part in Prime Minister's Questions before the No Confidence Vote. Winning both sessions - and the style front- the PM wore her bright blue Daniel Blake Orchid jacket and matching skirt, choosing the Amanda Wakeley oversized chain necklace and bracelet and the jewelled Rosehip soft blue kitten heels from Russell & Bromley. In the evening, the PM delivered a statement outside Number 10.

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On Friday, the PM was photographed leaving the back of Number 10. We absolutely love her athleisure look - her new light blue Herno is the perfect coat for the chilly British weather! 

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And Mrs May also has some new boots- we think they're the Tailwind black suede ankle boots from Russell & Bromley - looking cool here with ankle length trousers! 

Back to Westminster: Theresa May's Week


It was back to Parliament for the Prime Minister and MPs following the Christmas recess. Here's what Mrs May has been up too.

On Monday, the PM visited Alder Hay Children's Hospital in Liverpool to announce and launch the Long Term Plan for the NHS. May wore black trousers and her new tweed Paule Ka jacket, accessorising with the black Mirta Bijoux Balls necklace and her leopard Kitty heels from Charlotte Olympia.

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On Tuesday, the PM held her weekly Cabinet meeting at Downing Street and further meetings in Parliament. May wore her navy blue check Daniel Blake dress  - here's a secret snap!

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And on Wednesday, it was back to Prime Minister's Questions. May wore her tried and trusted navy Escada skirt suit, accessorising with a red oversized jewel necklace and the Cocktail navy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley.

On Thursday, the PM welcomed her Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe to Number 10. They also visited Twickenham to mark the Rugby World Cup taking place later this year. May kept warm in her navy Amanda Wakeley coat (with snazzy balloon sleeves,) and her orange jacket from Daniel Blake. The Divine flats from Russell & Bromley made their first 2019 appearance!

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