Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, otherwise known as “AOC,” wore an outfit that looked like a cape to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Some people called it a cape-vest thing. Technically, it appears to be called a cape blazer. Her color choice was also very symbolic.
AOC joined some fellow Democrats in wearing white for the SOTU. White is the color often associated with the suffragist movement (and who doesn’t remember Hillary Clinton’s white pantsuits).
Leave it to AOC to draw a lot of the pre-SOTU attention… with a cape. Or cape blazer as it were. You can see more photos of the New York Congresswoman in the cape later in this article. Some fans liked the look. Some just wanted to know where you can buy the cape blazer.
“Wearing a cape, like a mother f*cking Super Hero,” wrote one person on Twitter. “@AOC *WHERE* did you get that cape? I need to add flair to my Capitol Hill wardrobe,” wrote another.
Here’s what you need to know:
Ocasio-Cortez Wasn’t the Only House Woman to Wear White
The House Democratic women also donned white for the SOTU, and they posed together on a spiral staircase.
Rep. Lois Frankel wrote on Twitter, “Standing hand in hand with @HouseDemWomen wearing #Suffragette white to #SOTU as we fight #ForThePeople!” Previously, she wrote, “By wearing suffragette white to #SOTU2019 tmrw we’re sending a message to everyone that voted for @HouseDemocrats & delivered us the majority that we’re working #ForThePeople, promoting the economic security of women & their families!”
The Working Families Party posted a photo of Ocasio-Cortez in her outfit on Twitter, writing, “Two badasses wearing suffragette white and their WFP pins before the #SOTU tonight. Thank you to @AOC and her guest, @popdemoc co-exec director, @workingfamilies National Committee Vice Chair, and Jeff Flake whisperer, @AnaMariaArchil2. ??”
Here’s another photo:
Here’s how AOC’s cape looks from behind:
Here’s a picture from Getty:
What was the cape-vest thing? Unconfirmed, but it looks similar to Zara’s cape jacket blazer, described as “NWT ZARA White Flowing Cut Cape Jacket Blazer.” It sells for $85 online in case you want to emulate the look. A Zara cape with slits goes for a few dollars more. Here’s another Zara cape blazer.
Fans Enjoyed the Cape Look
A lot of people on Twitter had positive things to say about AOC’s cape. “How does AOC look glamorous every second of her life? Also sleeves are officially OVER we all wear cape-vest things now,” wrote one man. Some people turned to memes and GIFs.
“This makes me stupidly happy, and not just because omg -I have AOC’s cape-jacket thing- and will remember this picture every time I wear it,” wrote a woman.
As for AOC, she’s been very clear about her feelings regarding the SOTU.
One House woman explained why Democrats chose white. Frankel told Roll Call: “The white really harkens back to the day of the suffragists,” Frankel said. “I know there’s a debate about whether the suffragists really wore white, but I think historically and symbolically, white is associated with the suffragette movement.” In 2018, the Democratic women chose a different color for Trump’s SOTU: black, in reference to the #metoo movement.
According to The Washington Post, suffragist women wore white to get news coverage early on in the movement, and their colors were based somewhat on the suffrage movement in England, where the colors were white but also purple and green.