Hillary Clinton made history last week when she became the first woman in history to accept her party’s nomination for President of the United States. And guess what? She did it while wearing a suit—and a very slick white one, at that.
Call it a coincidence, but while the mainstream media has been focusing on Clinton’s penchant for suiting the past few months (let it go guys, a woman is running for President—there is so much more than blazers to explore here!) the fashion industry has been having its own suiting moment. During the Fall 2016 shows, suiting emerged as a prominent trend on the runway, with everyone from Gucci to Balenciaga to Ralph Lauren having at least one in their lineups. There is a suit for every occasion, and for every type of wearer, which kind of makes it hard for many modern women to comprehend that 100 years ago, what was socially acceptable is nowhere near as free as it is now. Among the many innovations of the 20th century, the suit might just pose the most interesting sartorial unit of measure to gauge the changing role of women in society. Believe it or not, we’ve come a long way just to argue over what cut Hillary Clinton’s blazer is, as opposed to being shocked that she is wearing—gasp—pants.