Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wore a Cape to the 2019 State of the Union

At the 2019 State of the Union, female lawmakers, all in white, stood out among the more traditionally-suited crowd—a result of a call from the Democratic Women's Working Group to wear white to President Donald Trump's address to the nation, as an homage to the women's suffrage movement. (Some men in Congress pinned white ribbons to their jackets in solidarity.) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi participated in the white-out, as did many new members of Congress, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Ocasio-Cortez inspired plenty of social reactions throughout the speech, including her stone-faced reaction as President Trump criticized socialist policies (“We are born free, and we will stay free," he said. "Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”) The image of her and her fellow legislators standing up and cheering when he said, “No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year," also got people talking. And as she often has done on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez used fashion to send a message.

For her first State of the Union, Ocasio-Cortez joined the Democratic Women's Working Group in wearing white to the State of the Union. And her interpretation of the dress code was… well, pretty epic.


Instead of a traditional suit, she chose a blazer cape and trousers. She accessorized with red lips and gold hoop earrings, like the ones she wore to be sworn in to Congress.

Bill Clark

As soon as Ocasio-Cortez arrived with her guest—Ana María Archila, the woman who confronted Jeff Flake in an elevator during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings—Twitter started responding to the Congresswoman's look.

On her jacket, Ocasio-Cortez wore three pins. She teased one of them ahead of the speech: a button that reads, "Well-behaved women rarely make history."

She also wore a button with what appeared to be a picture of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the seven-year-old Guatemalan child who died while in Border Patrol custody last year. (Rep. Rashida Tlaib had one, too.)

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And Ocasio-Cortez's blazer cape? Twitter users speculated the Congresswoman procured it at Zara.

Dubbed Cape With Slits, it's available in white and black, and is currently in stock for $89.90, if you want to channel your inner AOC.

Published at Wed, 06 Feb 2019 04:00:00 +0000