Saturday 18 November 2017

Comment: Theresa, you let us down badly with your wardrobe choice on Dublin stopover

British Prime Minister Theresa May Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennells
British Prime Minister Theresa May Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennells

Meadhbh McGrath

As Theresa May made her first visit to the White House, she opted for a neatly tailored power suit, in a bold, Republican red, by her favourite designer Amanda Wakeley. Although the suit wasn't brand new - she previously wore it to the G20 Summit last year - the message was clear: she was eager both to flatter President Trump (who has rarely been seen without his gleaming red tie since embarking on his presidential campaign) by co-ordinating with his preferred shade, and to fly the flag for British industry as the two were set to talk trade.

May's outfit was loaded with symbolism. The striking two-piece suit reflected an individual not afraid to stand out, but the vivid red was a show of diplomacy amidst the turbulence.

So, what to make of May's ensemble when meeting our Taoiseach earlier this week? There was no such sartorial forethought in this instance. In fact, the prime minister looked as though she'd got dressed in the dark, tossing the fluoro-trimmed coat she wore on her first day as PM over a printed silk scarf, dark skirt and brown pointed shoes. She may have insisted on a "seamless, frictionless border" between the UK and Ireland, but the heady mishmash of colours, textures and prints spoke volumes otherwise.

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