The Gossip Girl actress really isn’t here for the fashion industry’s “double standards”…
There’s no denying it: the trouser suit is having a moment.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton inspired a generation of young feminists to declare themselves the ‘pantsuit nation’. When Beyoncé performed at a Clinton fundraiser, she wore a Givenchy pantsuit. The stand-out look at this year’s Oscars was Emma Stone’s silk Louis Vuitton suit. And now Blake Lively has embraced the trend in a very big way, too, donning an array of gorgeous suits for the press tour of her and Anna Kendrick’s new film, A Simple Favour.
However, while the majority of us have been living for the Gossip Girl’s unique twist on the pantsuit trend, Catherine Kallon – fashion critic and founder of the Red Carpet Fashion Awards – has been… well, she’s been more than a little snarky about it.
Case in point: earlier this week, Kallon posted photos of Lively in a light pink suit from an event for the new film A Simple Favor. “It’s suit number 1,356 for Blake Lively’s promotion of A Simple Favour,” she wrote. “This time custom pink Ralph Lauren Collection.”
When Lively saw Kallon’s post in her own feed, though, she hopped into the comments section to have her say on that shady caption.
“Would you note a man wearing lots of suits during a promo tour?” she asked. “So why can’t a woman? Just saying.”
Lively added: “No double standards, ladies.”
The queen has spoken – and she is absolutely correct: the fashion world is, and always has been, made up of sexist double-standards. Indeed, outfit-recycling (a ‘fashion crime’ that so many in the spotlight are repeatedly shamed for by the press) is focused entirely on women.
Michelle Obama, just like Kate Middleton, regularly made headlines for wearing her outfits on multiple occasions. Meanwhile her husband, President Barack, wore the same tuxedo for eight years and nobody batted an eyelid.
“They didn’t comment that for eight years he wore that same tux,” the frustrated former FLOTUS pointed out, “and the same shoes, too.”
Elsewhere, a male TV presenter wore the same suit every day for a year to see if anybody would notice. Spoiler: they did not.
Essentially, it’s a very good thing that Lively has spoken up on this issue: after all, the more sexist double standards are highlighted, the more we can work to eradicate them.
Elsewhere, Lively has spoken about acting as her own stylist, explaining that managing her own wardrobe allows her to be more creative – not to mention acts as a release for her “control issues”.
“It’s a lot of work – I mean, it’s not hard in that we all dress ourselves every morning,” she said, according to WWD. “So once you have the clothes, you just pick out what to wear like any other human being does. But it’s easier because you have access to clothes and so it’s not that hard.”
Lively added: “The hard part is going through all the fashion shows and screenshotting all the looks you like and calling them in. I have an assistant who helps in calling in the looks. But a lot of it is I have relationships with the designers… [and] I love design and I love fashion and it’s a way to be creative. In my job I get to be creative, but it’s over a period of time and so many other people are involved, whereas this is a beginning, middle and end, and I get to be creative and there’s an end date in the near future.
“It’s the same reason why I like doing my friends’ hair and makeup or cooking – you get to be creative and finish it. Whereas with my job you do it and then two years later it’s finished. It probably goes back to the control issues; it’s like, ‘Ok I did it, I completed it, it’s done!’”