I don’t see a problem with this.
I remember seeing her at the first(?) rally she spoke at, and I was like “jeez, this lady is such an amateur! Her jacket doesn’t even fit her right!” I kind of gave her a pass for that one, because I knew that she was thrust into the national spotlight so very suddenly and I’m sure she didn’t have the time to get her clothes tailored or get new ones. Of course, I wondered why a state governor wouldn’t have clothes that fit correctly, but hey…it’s Alaska–not exactly the fashion capital of the U.S. She hadn’t even been governor for very long, and is not personally wealthy, so it’s not really a surprise that her wardrobe wasn’t up to snuff.
In most cases, a state governor would have been on the political scene for a long time, and would have slowly built up a wardrobe, looking to economize where possible, just like anybody else.* If she were nominated for VP, she certainly would have to buy some new things, but she wouldn’t have had to buy everything all at once.
But Sarah Palin really did need everything all at once. And she needed a lot more of it than she did as governor. She probably needed everything from purses to jewelry to undergarments. Boy, does that all add up!! And she needed it fast and she needed it to be done right. At Neiman Marcus and Saks, you pay a premium price, but you get things done right. Places like that also have very skilled personal shoppers available who know how to create a wardrobe for someone.** They (usually) offer expert tailoring on site. It only makes sense for her to shop at places like that.
I’m sure the McCain campaign is paying a lot to bring her up to speed, whether it’s policy tutors, speech coaches, or whatever. Higher-than-normal wardrobe expenses is just part of that. And that’s not unreasonable. At all.
And dammit, I liked her big glitzy flag pin!
On preview: I looked at the pics in Kimstu’s link…the fit on that red jacket is awful! Come on now! And you can’t see much of the jacket itself, but it doesn’t look particularly “polished” to me. Great color, though.
- Governor Whitman, who is wealthy, was a regular customer in a store I used to work in. It was an outdoor store, so she wasn’t buying suits or anything, but she did shop just like anybody else. She considered value, looked for bargains, etc. And FWIW, she was always very nice and unassuming.
** Would that be a personal shopper’s dream job or what? “Hey, you have to build a complete wardrobe for a VP candidate with no figure flaws. Money is no object. Have fun.”