Hillary Rodham Clinton

updated 09/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It's a question that raises hackles as well as eyebrows: Who wears the pants in the First Family? In terms of fashion, they both should. Bill is presidential in pinstripes, and Hillary was sleek last June in Paris when she donned black palazzo pants. But the First Lady, 46, usually struggles into pinched, pastel suits that deflect attention from her best feature, her face. Is she doing it on purpose? "You almost think she deliberately looks a mess," sniffs British fashion observer Emma Soames, "as if she fears being mistaken as frivolous." It's enough to give one a headband, er, headache.

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