Hillary Clinton is Pantsuiting Up for 2016

Personal brand image is everything in U.S. politics.  Policy aside, a candidate’s brand and how they are perceived by constituents and pundits can singlehandedly secure success or a cement an election day failure.

Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady and Secretary of State, is well known for and often mocked for her commitment to the pantsuit.  The media often paints her as being dissociating and snobbish for this signature wardrobe choice.

Hillary Rainbow

Clinton’s election campaign website has launched a new ‘Everyday Pantsuit Tee’ rebranding effort to display her lighter side while playing off the pantsuit image.  The aim of the campaign is to bring attention to Clinton’s relatable side while rebranding her as down-to-earth and accessible to the general public.  Instead of ditching the pantsuit completely, Hillary Clinton was able to soften her image while reintroducing the pantsuit as a continued part of her brand but now on her own terms.

While the Everyday Pantsuit Tee is an effective way of grabbing media attention and beginning to soften Clinton’s brand image, is it enough to accomplish the goal?  Clinton’s campaign may need to take further steps if this is to be part of a larger rebranding attempt – bringing a whole new meaning to casual Friday will not be enough alone.

-Michael Denissov


One thought on “Hillary Clinton is Pantsuiting Up for 2016

  1. It is interesting to see Hillary try to put a more “middle class” spin on her pant suit, after all, it is the middle class that typically control the voting process and eventually the next President. It will be interesting to see how many sell, I get the feeling it will be the upper middle class voter that purchases the t-shirt (who are already Hillary supporters). What I found more interesting about the article was that the majority of candidates all had a similar t-shirt trying to convey their message. Hopefully they are all American made using union labour.

    Anthony Mantecon


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