Fed Chair Nominee’s Wardrobe Confirmation Hearing Underway

I love Janet Yellen mostly because she has an adorable bob and because no one listened to her when she totally predicted the 2008 financial crisis (TYPICAL). Well, now I have a new reason to love her: she wore the same outfit twice, horror of horrors, an all-black pantsuit that is the most inconspicuous, non-noteworthy yet subtly flattering and professional outfit imaginable. Per a proper finger-wagging at the Daily Intelligencer, some bloggers (men) found this amusing:

Warren Rojas, a gossip columnist for the Hill, and Patrick Tutwiler, a writer for Fishbowl D.C., find it hilarious that Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, appeared at her nomination hearing earlier today in an outfit she already wore in public five weeks ago. “At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture,” chuckles Rojas…”It would appear that Janet Yellen is way too busy being smart and stuff to do much shopping,” Tutwiler agrees.

If I was Janet Yellen I would literally only wear a single black pantsuit with a rotating cast of tasteful statement necklaces, except I would own 14 sets of said pantsuit (assuming my boyfriend still only does the laundry every two weeks), because I am a baller who controls the federal interest rates and I can do whatever I want.

Actually I have always imagined that being one of those people who wears a “uniform” is the key to Living Your Best Life, and I want that for Janet as much as I want it for myself. Janet’s best life uniform is going to be a black pantsuit. Mine is something closer to leggings and a t-shirt. We all do the best we can with what we’re given (can you tell my Oprah meditation is working?).


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Okay, I had seen the piece and rolled my eyes but didn’t realize that the pictures were FIVE WEEKS APART. Are we* never supposed to wear the same thing twice EVER???

*”we” being “women,” of course, since dudes can wear the same suit-shirt-tie combination every single day and nobody will notice until he starts to smell

Meaghano (#529)

@cuminafterall oh yes I forgot to mention that. INSANE.

Lily Rowan (#70)

@cuminafterall Seriously. SERIOUSLY. How the fuck many suits do the men have? Jesus fucking christ, this kind of shit infuriates me.

SHE HAS A JOB. (And even non-job-havers like the former Kate Middleton do not have an actually infinite wardrobe.)

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

This gets my feminist + personal-aversion-to-clothes-shopping hackles up so much! Caring about fashion is great if you enjoy it, but it takes a lot of time and energy. Did Ben Bernanke ever get criticized for wearing the same suits??? (Should probably go do some Oprah meditations.)

@Bonnie St. Clair I’d love it if we saw photo captions like “43rd male Secretary of State John Kerry (left) wears a trim blue Brooks Brothers suit as he meets with male Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (right) in a custom-made brown pinstripe single-breasted suit and white silk Nehru collared shirt, to discuss some nuclear thing.”

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

@stuffisthings Haha, yes.

She could always just pull a Merkel:

(btw I LOL’ed at your headline.)

zeytin (#4,005)

@stuffisthings I came here to post this very same thing!

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