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Over the course of the election, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has turned her signature pantsuits from punch line to platform.

She’s worn a uniform of matching jacket and pants for decades, since she was first lady, and even through the Obama administration, when it was a somewhat outre look compared with Michelle Obama’s skirts and cardigans.

But Clinton ignored critics and stuck with the look, embracing it as a visual signifier. When she joined Twitter in 2013, “pantsuit afficionado" was part of her bio.

Throughout the campaign, supporters have rallied around her look, which has come back around to fashion, with Beyonce, Gigi Hadid and other celebs wearing pantsuits on the red carpet in recent months.

But today, to cast her vote, Clinton switched things up, wearing a sleek taupe jacket with contrast lapels and trousers in a lighter khaki shade.

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It’s tempting to try to read the tea leaves of why she would change her uniform today of all days. And why she would wear taupe instead of patriotic red, white and blue. (For the three debates, she wore solid-coloured pantsuits in a different colour—red, white and blue—on each night.)

Is the presidential nominee making a play for unity with her neutral ensemble? It’s food for thought, to be sure.

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live started to try to mend fences with a Trump-Clinton unity sketch starring Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon.

It’s going to be a long day, folks. Bloomberg

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