After driving a campaign full of grand plans for America, it seemed fitting that Hillary Clinton wore something patriotic to give her concession speech in New York last night.
The politician, who was narrowly beaten by Trump in her race to become the first female president of the United States, stepped onto the stage at the New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom yesterday looking resplendent in a Ralph Lauren pantsuit with purple lapels and a matching purple blouse.
Of course, it didn’t take long for social media to light up with theories explaining the symbolic meaning behind the colour.
Perhaps the most convincing explanation is that Clinton opted to wear the purple hue as it represents the merging of the Democrats (blue) and the Republicans (red).
After giving a speech that focused on the importance of maintaining unity in America, wearing a colour that represented both parties would be a typically classy Clinton-esque move.
Hillary in purple --merging of red & blue. She is gracious in defeat. Losing isn't fun. It wasn't fun 2008 or 2012 for GOP either.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 9, 2016
Addressing the nation, Clinton urged both Democrats and Republicans to come together under Trump’s leadership, declaring, "We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will."
Other theories behind Clinton’s choice of colour point to purple’s association with the suffragettes and royalty.
Purple, white and gold are the colours of the Suffragette flag, a cause Clinton had already alluded to when she wore an ivory pantsuit, also designed by Ralph Lauren, to the Democratic National Convention.
The purple favoured by Clinton for her concession speech represents “loyalty, constancy to purpose and unswerving steadfastness to a cause”, according to America’s National Woman’s Party.
Finally, social media users were quick to make the connection between purple and royalty, with the colour having long been associated with both power and nobility.
Whatever the meaning, the bold suit sent a powerful message to the rest of the world: we haven’t seen the last of Hillary Clinton yet.