THE woman who is set to fill David Cameron’s shoes is going to do so with a very flamboyant footwear collection, according to reports. Aside from her upfront and unapologetic brand of politics, incoming British Prime Minister Theresa May, 59, has drawn praise for her bold fashion choices.
Who else would turn up to meet The Queen in a pair of patent, thigh-high boots? The silver-haired politician, from Eastbourne, Sussex, first turned heads in 2002 when she rocked a wild pair of leopard-print high-heels to a Tory party conference. Since then she has refused to blend into Parliament’s never-ending sea of dull grey suits and has always opted for attire that is eclectic, vibrant and quirky.
She’s often spotted strutting into Downing Street in a statement coat – favourites include a long nude blazer adorned with orange pom poms, an almost Picasso-print inspired rain mac and a grey, brown and red double-breasted cover-up. While male politicians dress in a uniform of black and navy, Theresa brings a touch of glamour in her metallic silver suits and bright purple velvet two-pieces.
While her wardrobe choices may not be to everybody’s tastes, they are sure as hell are fun.She told Daily Telegraph that she uses clothes as a way to express herself. “I always tell women ‘you have to be yourself, don’t assume you have to fit into a stereotype’ and if your personality is shown through your clothes or shoes, so be it,” she revealed.
Theresa’s top looks include a navy shift dress complete with an asymmetric neckline and an Aztec-patterned jersey frock that, from afar, made it look like she was flashing her cleavage. But she’s not afraid to reveal a bit of flesh – donning a low-cut scarlet dress for Prime Minister’s Questions and a figure-hugging bustier to a formal bash.
She’s also been spotted strutting her stuff on the dance floor in a shiny leopard print blazer, and channelling old school glamour in a monochrome suit. While women in politics shouldn’t be judged by their clothes, it’s good to see Theresa wears what she wants and doesn’t give a stuff what others think.
She has previously admitted her out-there wardrobe choices have actually helped her popularity. “I have no regrets (about being famous for my shoes). The good thing is that they are often an icebreaker,” she revealed.
“I was in the Commons recently and saw a young lady wearing a nice pair of shoes. “I said I liked them and she said my shoes were the reason she became involved in politics.” In February last year, a mystery bidder at a fund-raising ball splashed out £17,500 to go shoe shopping with her.
Theresa previously told Daily Telegraph: “I have grown used to the focus on my clothes and my shoes. “As a woman I know you can be very serious about something and very soberly dress add a little bit of interest with footwear.”