Elizabeth Warren is campaigning for president on a platform of "big structural change," but a newly unearthed photo of the Massachusetts senator proves that sometimes the tried-and-true method is best — especially when it comes to well-fitting jeans. A photo of young Elizabeth Warren is circulating on Twitter, and folks are taking note of her stylish high-waisted jeans. This photo may have been taken in 1979, but Warren's outfit would look perfect on today's campaign trail. The jeans, the hairstyle, the button-down top: It's an outfit that can truly bridge the partisan divide. But don't worry, we've got your covered in case you want to steal her look, like Wall Street stole from hardworking Americans during the recession!
Seriously though, Warren's entire outfit is pure fire.
What was Warren up to in 1979?
1979 was a huge year for Warren's career. After law school, she lectured at the University of Houston Law Center. She was deep in the middle of a study on American families who declare bankruptcy — and the results of her work were so profound, they changed her from a lifelong Republican to a Democrat with a focus on economic inequities. As Vanity Fair wrote in 2011:
The vast majority of those in bankruptcy courts, she discovered, were from hardworking middle-class families, people who lost jobs or had “family breakups” or illnesses that wiped out their savings. “It changed my vision,” she said.
If you want to score Warren's vintage normcore anti-corruption look, start with high-waisted jeans in a dark wash with minimal whiskering.
These Madewell Cali Demi-Boots jeans in the Columbus Wash ($98, Madewell) are a great place to start. Keep your rise around 10" for maximum Warren wealth-tax vibes, and add a little flare or bootcut to keep things firmly in 1979.
For a top that truly says "we must break up corporate monopolies," check out this plain button-down with small collar lapels and trust-busting buttons.