Inspired By: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

March 11, 2020

outfit inspired by alexandria ocasio-cortez

International Women’s Day was this past Sunday and when thinking about what I wanted to share on social media to celebrate it I realized there were so many women I wanted to talk about. So many women whose lives and work have inspired me. I decided that instead of sticking to just one post on International Women’s Day, I would dedicate my blog posts for all of March, which is women’s history month, to celebrating women who inspire me.

In each post this month I am going to talk a bit about one woman who inspires me and share an outfit that is inspired by them. Kicking off this series – the one and only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

fashion inspiration alexandria ocasio-cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was launched into the spotlight in June 2018 when she won the Democratic Party’s primary election in New York’s 14th congressional district, at just twenty nine years old. She is now the youngest women in history to serve in US Congress. In addition to the very obvious inspiration from that alone, it’s not just what she’s accomplished that inspires me, but how she has done it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not playing the politics game. She is still spending time one on one with people learning about what the people in her district care about. She is tackling the criticism she gets head on. and she is unabashedly bringing her own brand of millennial feminism to Congress. I love how she takes to twitter not just to share her opinions but learn from and listen to others.

She is an activist at heart and she seems to have this endless enthusiasm for making the world a better place and this unwavering belief that change is possible. When I feel defeated by the state of politics or just generally with the negativity in the world I find a lot of comfort in seeing AOC’s energy and fight.

fashion inspired by alexandria ocasio-cortez

Alright, let’s chat fashion!

This outfit is, as I mentioned, inspired by Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez. She is known for wearing a bold red lip, and wears a lot of a-line dresses. I think she would love this navy a-line dress with gold hardware detail. The dress is an affordable find (under $40!) and it fits true to size. I love that even as a taller woman (I’m 5’7 1/2) it still has a midi length, hitting me right at the knee.

I’m also wearing gold hoops here, which is a choice that I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be proud of. I didn’t know the significance behind gold hoops until she discussed it following her inauguration. For her inauguration she wore dramatic gold hoops in an attempt to show that these hoop earrings that many women of color have been told are unprofessional, can absolutely be worn in a professional setting. If you want to read more about the impact of this seemingly small act, check out this article which shares some of the tweets that women have color have shared about what this decision means to them. I had no idea that many women have been criticized at work for something as simple as wearing a piece of jewelry. Every time I wear hoops to work now I do so with pride. 🙂

Thanks for checking out today’s post! I’d love to hear your feedback on it. Stay tuned for more “inspired by” posts this month; I’ve got at least 4 more on deck.

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28 comments so far.

28 responses to “Inspired By: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

  1. Rach says:

    I’m really loving this navy dress! So polished and looks amazing on you!

  2. Rachel says:

    Such a gorgeous dress for work! Obsessing over the fun pop of color that your clips bring to this look!


    • Lee says:

      Thanks so much Rachel! The clips are fun eh! They’re from a department store retailer here in Canada called Simons. I got them last week and they were only $5!!

  3. Lizzie says:

    What a cool post! Loved learning more about her and her activism. Also love your dress!


  4. Em says:

    great spotlight & love that dress

  5. Stephanie says:

    Alexandria sounds like one powerhouse of a woman and I can see why you admire her and want to emulate her in personality and style! I love this outfit you put together in honor of her. It’s gorgeous on you!

  6. Maureen says:

    Nicely done! This dress is simple yet stunning. I adore the colorful hair barrettes that you added to your look. It is simply beautiful.

    Maureen |

  7. Great post…loving the navy on you, so pretty! xoxo, Sarah

  8. Caitlin says:

    What an awesome idea to highlight special women in our society! Great post!

  9. International Women’s Day is such an important day and I was so excited to see so many women AND men talking about it, honoring US! I am in love with your beautiful outfit in this post. Those hair clips are stunning!

  10. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    You look beautiful!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  11. Greta says:

    What a cool series! I can’t wait to see what other women you spotlight this month.

  12. hillheady says:

    This is so so awesome!! I love AOC and totally agree – she is so inspiring!

  13. Emely says:

    I love the dress and hoops BUT I need those heels! I have been looking for a new pair of Nude heels.

  14. makeupmuddle says:

    You look so gorgeous! What a beautiful dress, your hair looks so pretty too xo

    Makeup Muddle

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