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May and ‘Mutti’ Merkel do share one thing – they’re judged on their wardrobes

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Theresa May and Angela Merkel are more alike than is often thought – and now we have the pictures to prove it. Their twinning wardrobes of royal blue jackets and a shared joke about it over an iPad warmed the permafrost that often pertains between two leaders, one of whom is trying to hand in delayed Brexit homework, the other feeling that, as the head prefect in the rowdy EU school, she is stuck with a particularly awkward pupil.

The two looked like clones at that meeting on Wednesday in matching blue. But the running commentary on May’s clothes is linked to the narrative of her political decline. That expensive, pale-blue jacket of despair is starting to look like the unluckiest outerwear in the spring collections. Clothes and power are interlinked, from Queen Elizabeth I’s competition in ruffs with Mary, Queen of Scots, to Margaret Thatcher’s neat collars signalling prim authority and control.

You might well ask why Merkel’s wardrobe gets less attention that May – and no it isn’t only that the British press has a greater sense of fun (which it has) and is more........

© The Guardian