British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on Friday, June 7. Her departure has sparked a contest among her Cabinet colleagues to become the next prime minister of U.K.
Frequently photographed and making headlines, the departing British prime minister’s love of fashion has been well acknowledged and documented.
As Britain’s prime minister, May has often been seen immaculately fitted in her characteristic smart, unfussy power suits, and tastefully paired with her trademark chunky necklaces and bracelets.
During her final days in office, May welcomed U.S. President Donald J. Trump to Downing Street during his state visit to the U.K., wearing a royal blue suit and her linked necklace.
In 2017, seventeen months after Britain voted to quit the European Union (EU), May cut an impressive figure in wax at Madame Tussauds in London.
Bold bright red suit topped off with a scarf and chunky pearls, and teemed with Leopard print shoes, a style often seen whether she was on the road campaigning or meeting fellow politicians like French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
May favors a sensible smart skirt or trouser suits in vivid colors, often nipped in the waist with elegant modern necklines. There were many examples, for instance, when addressing MPs in the Commons, meeting the queen while forming a government in June 2016, or shortly after the Brexit referendum.
The style queen stays true to her trouser suit style at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham in October 2018; where May was seen dancing on to the stage in a pant suit and when she was walking with French President Emmanuel Macron.
In the cold British weather, May keeps herself warm, with trendy wool coats with high collars and patterned scarves.
The prime minister is never shy of wearing the same outfit again. She was wearing an electric blue suit when dressing down Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament.
“I’ve got some news for him,” said May. “I’ve got some advice for the right honorable gentleman. Look behind you. They’re not impressed, neither is the country,” uttered May.
May has worn this blue outfit on several occasions including when meeting European Union Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels.
There are many times when the job of prime minister requires an evening dress for a working dinner.
On July 12, 2018, May and her husband were walking with U.S. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump toward Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on their way to dinner. May was spotted wearing an elegant red flowing maxi dress.
Vivid reds and blues seem to be among her favorites. On the day of her emotional resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street, May was wearing a bright red two-piece suit.
“I will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold—the second female prime minister but certainly not the last, said May.
“I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,” she concluded, her voice cracking at the end of the sentence.
To wrap it up, May’s love for fashion has shone through the way she personalizes her outfits with brightly colored oversized necklaces, her favorite being the handmade Mirta’s “Ballsmania” collection.
Fashion is a passion for May and this has led to her appearance in the American edition of the Vogue magazine.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press