‘Secrets of Powerful Women’: Wear Bright Suits

Skip navy. Embrace red.

Roll Call’s HOH reports today on why Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) wears bright red suits. The answer, while not horribly shocking, is to command attention. Granger’s new book, Secrets of Powerful Women captures the story and the bold woman who advised Granger to step up her fashion.

Read the full item, which includes a sparkly orange number, after the jump…

Heard on the Hill: Suited to Lead

What’s the secret to a powerful woman’s success? Confidence, maybe, or diligence? Nope. According to one Member of Congress, it’s a red suit.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) reveals in the new book, “Secrets of Powerful Women,” that she once got an important lesson in fashion (and life) when she showed up at an event with former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Granger, who was then the mayor of Fort Worth, wore a navy suit that she thought was “tasteful and powerful.”

But the legendarily bold Richards warned her to never wear the drab outfit again and prodded her to look around at the roomful of men in navy suits. Women in bold colors command attention, she advised.

Granger writes that the next time she saw Richards, at a Washington ball, “She was wearing an orange dress with sparkles. The cameras were all on her. I havenÂ’t owned a blue suit since.”

The essay is one of 25 collected in the tome, out on Tuesday, by Lifetime Networks and VOICE, a female-focused imprint of Hyperion books. Other Congressional contributors sharing their tips meant to inspire women to become leaders include Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

HOH hears that at least a few of those contributors will be on hand for the bash that Lifetime and Hyperion are throwing Tuesday at the swanky W hotel.

Dress code: no navy suits, of course.