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.
In a red checkered look while campaigning with her husband in 1992.
An off-duty yet on-duty, outfit during a Clinton/Gore bus tour in 1992.
Clinton waves to the crowd following her husband's election victory in 1992.
In pastel pink suiting with a coordinating scarf, circa '93.
During the Arkansas Inaugural Ball in '93, Clinton chose a jewel-tone, lace gown with a matching train.
Clinton wore this Donna Karran cold-shoulder-silhouette dress to host the 1993 National Governors Association winter meeting with her husband.
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.
For a formal affair in 1994, Clinton went for a mostly simple black gown with a lace-detailed waistline.
A bold color for a classic silhouette, worn at an event in Florida in 1994.
Seen here on Election Day in 2000, Clinton tied a sweater around an otherwise classic pantsuit—a combination she's replicated often.
Secretary Clinton selected a bold neckline flourish to attend the amfAR gala in 2003.
Arriving at the opening of the '09 NATO summit in a metallic-striped jacket.
While attending a wedding in 2011, Clinton went for a more statement-making overcoat.
Clinton gave a speech at the State Department in 2011 in this black suit and white ruffled collared shirt.
On the presidential campaign trail in 2016, Clinton often chose clean-lined designs and impactful colors.
Clinton's seen here rallying voters in Ohio, prior to the 2016 election.
Arguably, this white pantsuit was one of the most significant outfits of the presidential inauguration last year.
She selected this yellow jacket during a 2017 renaming ceremony for the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law in Swansea, Wales.
Here's yet another checkered blazer for Clinton, which she wore at the Girls Build Leadership Summit this past year.
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.