Hillary Clinton’s Got Serious Grandma Street Style Game


Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton (pushing daughter, Charlotte, in a stroller), former President Bill Clinton, and Marc Mezvinsky on a family walk in Manhattan. (Photo: Splash)

Hillary Clinton might be running for president and have the New Hampshire primary on her mind (what other cool thing can she do before February to capture more millennial votes?), but she still took time out of her busy schedule to spend some time with her family over the holidays (or maybe she pencilled them in too).

On Sunday, the candidate took a stroll through Manhattan with her husband, daughter Chelsea, who’s expecting her second child in the summer, and Chelsea’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky. Hillary’s nearly 1-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte, was along for the ride as well, with stroller-pushing responsibility shared by all of the adults.

While the Sunday stroll apparently wasn’t a photo op for the campaign, the crew was certainly dressed as if they were ready to have their picture taken. Chelsea, 35, concealed her baby bump with a gray wool coat and a vibrant orange and red scarf, while her investment banker hubby dressed down in jeans and sneakers. The 42nd POTUS looked like a character straight from the set of Top Gun in jeans, boots, and a brown leather bomber jacket. Even the Secret Service agents wore casual weekend clothes. As for the former New York senator, she’s got grandma street style down. She paired a floral coat with black trousers, sensible boots, a lilac scarf, and tinted Wayfarer sunglasses.


Hillary Rodham Clinton arriving at the military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 18, 2009, wearing one of her favorite coats. (Photo: AP)

The jacket is one she’s worn before. She purchased the piece in Afghanistan more than a decade ago, and decided to wear it upon returning to the country for a state visit in 2009 during her tenure as President Obama’s secretary of state. A picture of her arriving in the country’s capital in the colorful number made the front page of the New York Times and even inspired a fashion poll on the Huffington Post that asked whether the “coat embroidered with flowers and trimmed with print fabric, reminiscent of 1960s’ peace, love, and happiness style” was “Too hippie …” or “Hip!” (81.98 percent chose the latter).

The jacket was even a topic of conversation when thousands of Hillary’s emails were released for public consumption following the revelation that she used her family’s private email server while working in the Cabinet. P.J. Crowley, then-assistant secretary of state for public affairs, sent her a note complimenting her fashion choice. She responded, ‘‘Thx! I bought the coat in Kabul in 03 and thought it should get a chance to go home for a visit!!’’

Talk about a statement piece!

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