I almost remarked here the other day on the attire of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ children–in my book, extra points go to any mother who insists on short pants for small gentlemen.
Fashion writer Robin Givhan of the Washington Post, however, has never seen a Republican she considers well-dressed. This goes for John and Jane Sullivan Roberts’s two children, Josie and Jack.
Describing the scene at the White House when Judge Roberts was introduced to the public as “syrupy nostalgia,” Ms. Givhan had this to say:
“The wife wore a strawberry-pink tweed suit with taupe pumps and pearls, which alone would not have been particularly remarkable, but alongside the nostalgic costuming of the children, the overall effect was of self-consciously crafted perfection. The children, of course, are innocents. They are dressed by their parents. And through their clothes choices, the parents have created the kind of honeyed faultlessness that jams mailboxes every December when personalized Christmas cards arrive bringing greetings ’to you and yours’ from the Blake family or the Joneses. Everyone looks freshly scrubbed and adorable, just like they have stepped from a Currier & Ives landscape.
“In a time when most children are dressed in Gap Kids and retailers of similar price-point and modernity, the parents put young master Jack in an ensemble that calls to mind John F. ’John-John’ Kennedy Jr.
“Separate the child from the clothes, which do not acknowledge trends, popular culture or the passing of time. They are not classic; they are old-fashioned. These clothes are Old World, old money and a cut above the light-up/shoe-buying hoi polloi.”
I don’t know about the attire being old money or “a cut above the light-up/shoe-buying hoi polloi,” but the kids looked great–and you know that, if Jack and Emma Claire Edwards had been wearing identical outfits, Givhan would have given them a rave.