Hillary Clinton's Fashion Evolution Through The Ages

Yesterday saw former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton announce her intention to run in the 2016 Presidential race. While it was a given for anyone following US politics even remotely, the announcement means she could be the very first female President of the United States of America.

Although the former First Lady began her career in law, she went on to lead the task force that reformed the Arkansas' education system and has worked monumentally in favour of universal health care. She was the first of the First Ladies to have a post-graduate degree and the class of 1965 at Maine Township High School South voted her "Most Likely To Succeed", which, well, worked wonders. As well as all this, she has had many a style victory which we totally adore her for.

Clinton admitted her fashion sense is not nearly as sharp as her political instincts in the February 2008 issue of Us Weekly. Photo: AP Photo

Clinton admitted her fashion sense is not nearly as sharp as her political instincts in the February 2008 issue of Us Weekly.
Photo: AP Photo

Hillary is now famed for her pantsuits in a rainbow of colours, but historically she has pushed style boundaries and challenged any dressing norms. Noting nobody should be reduced to their clothing choices, we chart the best of Hillary's outfits alongside her amiable achievements as she proves you can be a powerful woman and be killer at dressing at the same time. From stripy trousers and pant-suits to glasses to die for, from her time at college to the Hill-Bill hippie days, Hillary Clinton was and is clothed well.

The young beginnings

Hillary Rodham from a young age was a prone 'leader' among her peers. An Illinois native, she attended Maine East High School where she participated in the school newspaper. She went on to study at Wellesley College, majoring in political science, as well as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans society.

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Even as a young woman Hillary trusted her style instincts. A thin chain and basic tee – perf.
Even when she was young she described herself as a "heart liberal" and a "mind conservative."

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Striped goddess
Hillary at college during the late 1960s. During this time, she stood by a moderate approach of finding common ground, shunning a more radical approach to activism. This made others respect her leadership, perhaps finding them seeing her as future president

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Her brave glasses choices are very apparent, and we approve.

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"Yes, glasses, stripes and sandals is a good combo"

The hippie days

Hillary received a seven minute standing ovation after being the first student at Wellesley College to deliver its commencement address. She was then featured in an article published in Life magazine, due to the response a part of her speech had received that criticised Senator Brooke. Hillary then met Bill Clinton at Yale Law School, where she was slightly younger than him, having gone straight into degree studies from school. They would later marry and have one child, Chelsea.

Bill and Hillary in approx. 1972 Photo by: Charles F. Palmer, a law school classmate of Bill Clinton

Bill and Hillary in approx. 1972
Photo by: Charles F. Palmer, a law school classmate of Bill Clinton

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Donning the classic shorts and tee look. Yep that's Bill's leg and balls – we mean ball.

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Colour blocking? Hillary was the founder.

As if we weren't already desperate for bell-sleeved 70s fashions, Clinton's wedding dress speaks true to us. Bill and Hillary were married in their living room on October 11, 1975

As if we weren't already desperate for bell-sleeved 70s fashions, Clinton's wedding dress speaks true to us.
Bill and Hillary were married in their living room on October 11, 1975

The glam days

Bill Clinton took office as president in January 1993, making Hillary First Lady of the United States. After Eleanor Roosevelt, Clinton is considered one of the most empowered and involved first ladies in history, maintaining a prominent and active role in US politics as she had done previously.

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Some say faux-pas some say grandoise

Nobody ever looked so good in a cardigan

Nobody ever looked so good in a cardigan

Summer dressing master-class right here Photo by: TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Summer dressing master-class right here
Photo by: TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images, 1992

She knows how to rock a polo neck Bill, Hillary and Chelsea at the 1992 Democratic Convention

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea at the 1992 Democratic Convention

Nicest. Gold. Dress. Ever Hillary was awarded Best Spoken Word Album in 1997 for the audio version of "It Takes a Village."

Nicest. Gold. Dress. Ever
Hillary was awarded Best Spoken Word Album in 1997 for the audio version of "It Takes a Village."

Clinton in Vogue in 1998 Photograph by: Annie Leibovitz

Clinton in Vogue in 1998
Photograph by: Annie Leibovitz

Campaign clobber

Clinton was the first First Lady of the United States to be a candidate for elected office when she was elected as Senator in 2001 and then her title now Secretary of State in 2009. She now runs for 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

2001 Hillary can also do Victoriana! Of course she can! Photo by: KMazur/WireImage

2001 Hillary can also do Victoriana! Of course she can!
Photo by: KMazur/WireImage

Photo by: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

The world's most famous pantsuit
Photo by: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Boucle babe Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Boucle babe, Jan 2013
Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

And thus – the pantsuit rainbow. "I'll have that in very colour please."

And thus – the pantsuit rainbow. "I'll have that in every colour please."

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