By  on October 2, 2008

As she zipped her way around New York City last week, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin strayed little from the every businesswoman attire she’s adopted since the convention. That meant a slim black suit on Tuesday, a gray skirt and — a bolder move here, for her interview with Katie Couric — a bright pink jacket on Wednesday, which she replaced with a dark V-neck ruffled blouse before meeting with Iraqi and Georgian leaders, and black trousers and a gray mandarin-collared jacket on Thursday. Yet after weeks of flurried investigation on everything from her habit of secondhand shopping (we now know that, prior to the nomination, Palin snapped up an Escada tweed coat at Out of the Closet, an Anchorage-based resale shop she has frequented) to her lipstick preference (she has allegedly switched from Mary Kay to MAC) to her supposed swat team of stylists, the McCain campaign and those in the fashion industry are taking a clear stance on Palin’s style: No comment.

With the presidential race entering its final four-week stretch, and the widely anticipated vice presidential debate set to take place tonight, it may be that the initial frenzy to identify Gov. Palin’s preferred brands and subsequently take shots at, or race out and purchase, said labels — depending on one’s taste or party — has given way to an effort not to seem consumed by the more frivolous aspects of the election.

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