When Hillary Clinton arrived at the New Yorker Hotel to deliver her concession speech, she had a smile on her face. She stood with confidence in front of the podium, painting a picture of what she hopes young girls will remember as perseverance. While she has been recognized for her fashion choices during the course of the election – most notably the white pantsuit she wore to the DNC, which conjured images of the women’s suffragist uniforms – none is so important as this one.
The purple lapels on Hillary’s Ralph Lauren satin blazer matched her glow and were, most simply, pleasant to look at. Bill Clinton and Tim Kaine followed suit in coordinated ties. But consider the color purple: a shade that has signified wisdom, creativity, peace, ambition, independence, and, most importantly, unity. It is the mixture of red and blue, which represent the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively.
Purple was the perfect backdrop for Hillary’s message:
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in America and I always will. If you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
In a purple outfit, Hillary did offer us the chance to grieve (or to take the time to process this election news) but not the chance to give up or to forget that we are a united nation that fails without support. In fact, we’re sure she would have worn the exact same blazer if she’d been delivering an acceptance speech. Since day one, Hillary has stood for harmony, after all.
After encouraging women to show up to the polls in her iconic pantsuit and sporting the three separate colors of the country’s flag for various appearances, Hillary dazzled us when we needed it most. She reminded young girls they are “deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve [their dreams].” That little sentiment was memorable, magical, and undeniably bold, and when she delivered it, Hillary spoke with optimism and maintained the image of hope. If only for 10 minutes, the color purple helped her achieve that.