Tim Gunn Needs to Lay Off Hillary Clinton's Pantsuits


hillary clintonFashion know-it-all Tim Gunn went on George Lopez this week to talk, well, fashion. The Project Runway consultant known for his "make it work" mantra dished on ladies' apparel from Snooki to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Now we all know Snooki and Hillary aren't necessarily the best dressed people on the planet, but I think they deserve a break, especially Hillary. What Gunn had to say about her was rude and ill-informed. He told Lopez: "I think she's confused about her gender. All these big baggy menswear tailored pantsuits ... they're unflattering"

Listen, it's one thing to make fun of our former first lady's fashion, but it's a whole 'nother thing to use recycled material. Gunn said the same exact thing on Conan O'Brien's show back in 2008. Come on, Gunn! If you're going to insult Hillary, you better make sure you're being a) original and b) accurate. I think Hill's got some style.

She's worn some beautiful, and stylish, outfits over the years, and I think she just gets better with time. Sure, some of her pantsuits aren't putting her on the best-dressed lists, but this woman's got a job and a professional air to maintain. Plus, she's nearly 70 years old! You want her in dresses and skirts all the time? That's so unrealistic. She's traveling, meeting with conservative diplomats, getting on and off planes -- her clothing needs to stay classic and appropriate. And I believe they do.

I think we should only have an issue with a politician's fashion sense when it comes across as offensive. If Hillary or Palin or Michelle were representing our country in miniskirts and wet T-shirts, maybe then we can have a discussion. But until they start looking like Hooters' girls getting ready for a big night of tips, then their outfits should be a moot point.

And I don't hear Gunn going after Timothy Geithner's ties, or Obama's shoes, or Chris Christie's bulging buttons, so let's put the claws away for a second and remember that sometimes fashion takes a back seat to a job well done. Or, well, just ... done.

What do you think?

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God forbid we say anything bad about a democrat!

Alynn74 Alynn74

I love Tim Gunn. If Hillary were smart-she'd hire him to dress her.

count... country50gal

Oh for God's sake JAFE!  It is nothing to do with political party.  This woman is the Secretary of State!  She always looks professional.  I can not imagine the hours she spends inside an airplane.  She must have permanent jet lag.  In light of that, her clothing always fits the occasion.  And lets face it, Chris Christie looks like a slob who just got done stuffing himself at the all you can eat buffet.  Tim Gunn always looks very spiffy.  But I don't think he gets to judge someone else's gender or sexual orientation.  After all, he wouldn't like people calling him out in gender demeaning ways, especially to get a laugh.  Not very gentlemanly.

zandh... zandhmom2

I love Tim Gunn!!! He has a great sense of style.  Hillary Clinton pants suit are probably an necessity but that doesn't mean that they look great. I don't think he called her out to get a laugh, he was asked and he answered.  He is in the fashion industry and that's what he does ~ judge fashion.


Whatever country50gal. It's okay to make fun of Sarah Palin. Her kids, her hunting, her accent, her marriage and that she's stupid. It's okay to make fun of Michelle Bachmann. Her husband, her Christianity, her family and that she's stupid. But god forbid we make fun of Hillary's freaking clothes. Who really cares what she wears? I don't and I do like her but this post is very hypocritical. Let's defend stupid clothes but lets make fun of the other candidates children when they're going to grow up and read what people wrote about them. That's so sad. 

ArmyGal ArmyGal

I'm not seeing how her clothes are freaky. You don't sound very mature anyways JAFE. Two wrongs don't make a right.


Oh yes Armygal, you all sound very mature also while tearing down the other 2 ladies mentioned in my comment. The other two's whole families get terrorized here on a regular basis but mention Hillary's clothes once and now it's not mature!! Alrightythen!!!

nonmember avatar Jessica

Hillary's been targeted for her family, for the affair, and most recently for Chelsea's wedding. People don't make fun of her the way they do Bachmann and Palin because she doesn't grant them as much material. She keeps her family from the spotlight as much as she can, she focuses strictly on business, and she remains very professional. I'm not one for insulting the two conservatives much, but in recent times, they HAVE said and done questionable things. Especially with their family. Chelsea Clinton is a very low key type of girl, who stays out of the media. Like her or not, it's clear that Bristol Palin craves attention. While it's admirable that she wants to speak about abstinence, a reality show counters that. In a way, Bachmann and Palin put themselves out there to be targeted. They are providing the material.

Clothes are important because of the sexism issue. Rarely do we talk about how gorgeous the men in Washington are, but women are targeted all the time for what they are wearing. Perez Hilton, if I remember correctly, took to calling Palin "Sexy Sarah". The women are objectified and this proves it. Tim Gunn doesn't talk about faux pases from the men, why does he have to talk about the women?


I agree with most of what you said Jessica except this "Bachmann and Palin put themselves out there to be targeted. They are providing the material". Everything these women say are clipped off to make them look stupid and that angers me. Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her house. The media is unusually cruel to these women and they are treated very badly here so I think making fun of clothes and the anger you guys feel is just silly.

nonmember avatar Alex

I used to like Tim Gunn, I will never watch anything he is on again. It is one thing to dis her fashion sense, it is quite another to say that a woman that has sacrificed all of her privacy and time over the past three decades to public service is "gender confused." This comment coming from a big ole Homo. Get a grip! Is she supposed to be traveling the world in a mini-skirt?

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