Hillary Clinton’s style throughout the election — and life, for that matter — has largely consisted of just pantsuits. So on Wednesday morning when she delivered her concession speech, she stuck with her uniform.
The former Democratic presidential candidate paired a purple blouse with a black jacket featuring purple satin lapels and matching trousers. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, coordinated with his wife by wearing a navy blue suit and a purple tie.
Many users on social media noted the significance and symbolism behind the couple wearing the color, which has long been used to mark bipartisanship between the Republican and Democratic parties, as a mix of red and blue makes purple. Some even suggested that the clothing choice was an intentional reference to unity in the United States by the Clinton family.
— Elijah Heyward III (@EheywardIII) November 9, 2016
I love that @HillaryClinton was wearing purple for unity. That, paired with her message showed a whole, whole lot of grace.
— Hayley Waring (@haywaring) November 9, 2016
As pointed out by @jimsciutto, both Bill and Hillary Clinton are today wearing purple.
A subtle message of unity between red & blue states? pic.twitter.com/7Gz3bNQCEa
— Simon Cullen (@Simon_Cullen) November 9, 2016
— phil brent (@iphilrealgood) November 9, 2016
Mixing red and blue makes purple and @HillaryClinton is wearing the Intentional or not, it says something. ❤️????????One Nation, Under God! ????????
— Kacie Beevers (@KacieBeevers) November 9, 2016
Red and blue makes purple. Nice touch, @HillaryClinton. Thank you so much for example you set for my daughters and sons.
— Jason Cutburth (@jpcutty) November 9, 2016
Others felt that the color choice was a sign of mourning. In some religions and cultures, the color is associated with the grieving process. Some even tied the color to suffragists, as white, green and purple are the colors most often associated with the movement.
— Mary Hall (@Recessionista) November 9, 2016
— Dorian Howard (@DorianHoward) November 9, 2016
Very appropriate @HillaryClinton wore Purple! The colour of suffragettes! Blue and Red together makes Purple. Re Spirituality and Mourning
— Simon Rademan™ (@simonrademan) November 9, 2016