New York Democratic Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave some advice on business attire to Missouri Congressman-elect Cori Bush on Twitter Tuesday night after Bush discussed the cost of buying business attire for work in Congress.
“The reality of a normal person who goes to Congress is that it is really expensive to buy the business attire I need for Congress. So I’m going to shop sparingly tomorrow,” Bush wrote on Tuesday night through her Twitter account. “Should I do a fashion show?”
Ocasio-Cortez and two other Democratic women argued for some proposals.
“Save, rent, and be patient while you assemble your closet, sister. The capsule wardrobe will be your best friend. @AyannaPressley has the accessories game under control,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “The good news is that all these practices are very sustainable and good for the planet,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
A capsule wardrobe is a small personal clothing collection of beloved, versatile pieces that, according to WhatToWear.com, allow a variety of stylish combinations.
“You can also save money online and buy second-hand clothes, which has helped me get higher quality and more durable items that would normally not be in the budget,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Good luck!”
With her victory in the 2020 national elections, Bush has become the fifth member of the “Squad,” a group of colored women under the age of 50 representing a younger, more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, supported by the Political Action Committee of the Justice Democrats. Other members of the “Squad” include Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Tlaib responded to Bush’s tweet about business fashion: “Cori, under those blazers I still wear some of my maternity dresses,” followed by the emoji of a woman shrugging her shoulders. She added: “P.S. I get most of my compliments from clothes I bought in second-hand stores.
Pam Keith, a Democratic Party candidate for the House of Representatives from Florida, who recently lost her race, also gave some advice. “My trick is Rent the Runway for fancy outfits. You never have to wear the same outfit twice,” she wrote, referring to an online rental store for women’s clothing.
Bush is the first black woman to ever elect Missouri to the National Congress. She beat the 10 terms of the Democratic incumbent, Congresswoman Lacy Clay, during the primaries.
Later, on election night, Bush beat her Republican challenger, Anthony Rogers, and won nearly 80 percent of the vote in a Democratic district that includes St. Louis.
Washington Newsday asked Bush for a comment….