Why Hillary Clinton Wore Purple During Concession Speech

She was praised for bipartisan message
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2016 2:50 AM CST
Updated Nov 10, 2016 3:33 AM CST
Why Hillary Clinton Wore Purple During Concession Speech
Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where she conceded her defeat to Republican Donald Trump after the hard-fought presidential election.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Hillary Clinton delivered what could be the last political speech of her life on Wednesday and the color she wore was seen as very significant. For her concession speech, Clinton wore a purple shirt and a blazer with purple lapels, while Bill Clinton wore a purple tie, McClatchy reports. Purple—halfway between red and blue—is considered the color of American bipartisanship and many commentators praised the color choice as a graceful way to emphasize her message of unity. Vanity Fair notes that there were a few alternative theories, with some suggesting she wore purple because it was one of the colors of the suffragettes—or because it is the Methodist color of "penitence and royalty." (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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