Recessionary chic is order of the day for Dail fashionistas
IT'S one of the vagaries of the fashion world that when the economy dips, women's skirts get shorter.
While the hemline index wasn't immediately obvious in Dail Eireann yesterday, recession chic did seem to be de rigueur.
Designer labels? You must be kidding! The ladies and gentlemen of the Dail knew better than to flaunt new suits and designer threads as would have been the order of the day on more upbeat, Celtic Tiger Budget days.
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan and fellow TDs eschewed any signs of ostentatious dressing yesterday, preferring to don trusty wardrobe favourites, embracing an IMF-inspired fashion philosophy to "shop their closets" and rekindle affection for earlier purchases.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom and there were some cheery dots of colour across the chamber.
Hardly flamboyant, Ruairi Quinn's crimson-hued silk tie was a beacon of cheery red.
Fine Gael's Enda Kenny wore a conciliatory tie in the Labour Party's favourite red and so too did back-from-the-cold Brian Hayes.
Eye-catching in raspberry, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan looked like she'd had a blow-out -- no, not a motoring drama but a root-lifting blow dry for her blonde tresses.
Mary Hanafin's forest green suit boasted a nationalistic Tara brooch with harp on her lapel.
Brian Lenihan is a conservative dresser and chose a striped shirt and striped tie look to go with his dark flannel suit.