The Symbolic Meaning Behind Hillary Clinton's Purple Concession Speech Suit
By Desiree Murphy
When Hillary Clinton walked up to the podium to deliver her powerful concession speech hours after Donald Trump was declared the 45th President of the United States, she was dressed in a dark gray Ralph Lauren pantsuit that featured bright royal purple lapels.
The 69-year-old politician donned a matching purple blouse under the suit jacket, with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, complementing her look in a vibrant purple tie.
Within minutes of Hillary making her highly anticipated live appearance at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, viewers watching her address the nation hopped on social media and tweeted about the significance and symbolism of the Clintons' choice of hue.
As many noted, mixing the colors red (Republican) and blue (Democrat) creates purple. Viewers suggested Hillary and Bill were seemingly sending a strong message about bipartisanship.
"I love that @HillaryClinton was wearing purple for unity," one Twitter user wrote. "That, paired with her message showed a whole, whole lot of grace."
Seeing as Hillary encouraged her supporters to accept Donald as our new president with "an open mind" during her speech, it's possible her and her husband's decision to sport purple Wednesday morning was intentional, and a first attempt to bring the "deeply divided" nation back together.
"We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought," she said during her speech. "But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future."
Purple was also a symbolic hue during the suffragette movement. Suffragettes wore purple to symbolize dignity in the 1900s, as well as green for hope and white for purity.
This wouldn't be the first time the former secretary of state used her outfits to make a statement. Back in July, she sported an all-white pantsuit, also by Ralph Lauren, while accepting her presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention. The ensemble made headlines, and even inspired some female voters to wear white to the polls on Election Day.
To hear more highlights from Hillary's concession speech, watch the video below.