A Look at Hillary Clinton's Style Over the Past 26 Years

We were introduced to Hillary Clinton as the First Lady of the United States 26 year ago. Since then, her work for and influence on the American people have amplified tenfold—as a senator, as secretary of state, and as the first female presidential candidate to be nominated by a major political party. But while her outfits were never at the forefront of her platforms—which so often spoke to gender equality and affordable education—we can still appreciate how a leader evolved her sense of personal expression over years in the public eye.

With this in mind, we looked back on Clinton’s time in and out of office to revisit some of her most memorable ensembles—not just pantsuits—that define “power outfit" in her own terms.

Photo:

Getty

In a red checkered look while campaigning with her husband in 1992.

Photo:

Getty

An off-duty yet on-duty, outfit during a Clinton/Gore bus tour in 1992.

Photo:

Getty

Clinton waves to the crowd following her husband's election victory in 1992.

Photo:

Getty

In pastel pink suiting with a coordinating scarf, circa '93.

Photo:

Getty

During the Arkansas Inaugural Ball in '93, Clinton chose a jewel-tone, lace gown with a matching train.

Photo:

Getty

Clinton wore this Donna Karran cold-shoulder-silhouette dress to host the 1993 National Governors Association winter meeting with her husband.

Photo:

Getty

While Clinton is often associated with the pantsuit, she's nearly just as often chose this modest and professional skirt silhouette, seen here in 1993.

Photo:

Getty

For a formal affair in 1994, Clinton went for a mostly simple black gown with a lace-detailed waistline. 

Photo:

Getty

A bold color for a classic silhouette, worn at an event in Florida in 1994.

Photo:

Getty

Seen here on Election Day in 2000, Clinton tied a sweater around an otherwise classic pantsuit—a combination she's replicated often.

Photo:

Getty

Secretary Clinton selected a bold neckline flourish to attend the amfAR gala in 2003.

Photo:

Getty

Arriving at the opening of the '09 NATO summit in a metallic-striped jacket.

Photo:

Getty

While attending a wedding in 2011, Clinton went for a more statement-making overcoat.

Photo:

Getty

Clinton gave a speech at the State Department in 2011 in this black suit and white ruffled collared shirt.

Photo:

Getty

On the presidential campaign trail in 2016, Clinton often chose clean-lined designs and impactful colors.

Photo:

Getty

Clinton's seen here rallying voters in Ohio, prior to the 2016 election.

Photo:

Getty

Arguably, this white pantsuit was one of the most significant outfits of the presidential inauguration last year.

Photo:

Getty

She selected this yellow jacket during a 2017 renaming ceremony for the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law in Swansea, Wales.

Photo:

Getty

Here's yet another checkered blazer for Clinton, which she wore at the Girls Build Leadership Summit this past year.

Photo:

Getty

While we haven't often seen Clinton in leather, this modern version of a classic blazer was her choice to speak at The Paley Center this past November.

Related Stories