How to Spend $150,000 at Saks and Neiman Marcus

By
Ataui Deng (Trump Management)

When Sarah Palin traded up from her Naughty Monkey shoes, she traded up. According to financial records, the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 on her clothes, accessories, hair, and makeup. Extravagant shopping sprees took place just after McCain announced her as his running mate, according to Politico:

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

When Sarah Palin traded up from her Naughty Monkey shoes, she traded up. According to financial records, the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 on her clothes, accessories, hair, and makeup. Extravagant shopping sprees took place just after McCain announced her as his running mate, according to Politico:

Sarah Palin’s Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping List:
Clothes:
Armani jacket $1,295, with matching pants, $575. Total: $1,350
MaxMara Sovrana cowl-neck jacket, $965, with matching skirt, $340. Total: $1,305
Donna Karan tweed jacket, $3,995, and matching skirt, $2,695. Total: $6,690
Ralph Lauren Collection cashmere turtleneck dress (to pair with a jacket), $2,498
Hosiery:
• Two pairs of Wolford tummy-control hose, $52 each. Total: $104
Shoes:
Salvatore Ferragamo Nerissa suede pumps, $750
Jimmy Choo Hallie knee-high boots, $1,195
GRAND TOTAL FOR FOUR OUTFIT POSSIBILITIES: $25,129 before tax.

Sarah Palin’s Neiman Marcus Shopping List:
Clothes:
Eli Tahari contrast-stitch skirt suit, $498
Kay Unger New York three-button jacket, $240, paired with Kay Unger New York crêpe trousers, $175. Total: $415
Badgley Mischka Nikki military jacket, $578
Escada belted jacket, $1,490
Escada zip-front jacket, $1,850, paired with matching wool pencil skirt, $650. Total: $2,500
Outerwear:
Fleurette belted coat, $1,125
Fendi leather jacket (we know you’re thinking she’d never wear Fendi, but this is subtle Fendi), $2,660
Valentino button coat, $5,590
Shoes:
Versace buckle-toe pump, $750
Yves Saint Laurent tall boot, $995

GRAND TOTAL FOR SIX OUTFIT POSSIBILITIES: $16,601 before tax

At those rates, with her remaining budget Palin could have purchased around four more outfits at Saks and around twenty more outfits at Neiman Marcus for a grand total of 34 outfits. Now, McCain picked Palin on August 29. That’s 67 days of campaigning until November 4, so in theory she has enough clothes to repeat outfits just once, maybe twice as we get closer to Election Day — or, with smart mixing, maybe she doesn’t need to repeat at all! After all, she’s giving televised speeches daily and being photographed, so wearing repeats is a no-no. Look how much flack Anna Wintour gets for it.

In conclusion: A $150,000 clothes budget might not be the wisest use of campaign money. But given the demands of Palin’s job, the figure is not as outrageous as it seems at first.

RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion [Politico]
Earlier: Sarah Palin Has a Secret Team of Stylists

How to Spend $150,000 at Saks and Neiman Marcus