Among the hundreds of female first-time candidates running in 2018, Marilyn Smolenski certainly stands out (and not just because she is a Republican). A mother and business owner, this political outsider hopes to shake up politics in the Illinois State House representing Chicago’s 55th District.

While Smolenski may never have run for office before, her role as a businesswoman has involved political advocacy – specifically supporting the Second Amendment. In 2011 she founded Nickell & Lace, which makes fashionable concealed-carry holsters for women.

Whatever your views on gun control, you will have to admit that turning a holster into a profitable fashion accessory is a serious accomplishment. Smolenski hopes to bring this same creativity and determination to Springfield. If she does, we cannot help but notice she will also bring a much-needed flair for fashion to Prairie State politics as well.

Effortlessly casual

 

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Not every politician knows how to rock denim. Smolenski has got everything figured out, finding just the right ways to pull off the look without it looking ordinary. Her choice of pieces is perfectly balanced. The printed skirt, white tee, and jean jacket are a total win!

Classy and sassy

 

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A full-time mom, wife, and business owner, this candidate still manages to look perfect at every single campaign appearance. Surprising with her choice of outfit in the best possible way, Smolenski went with a chic white dress for this local Republican fundraiser. The fun lace see-through sleeves of the dress add a sultry vibe for a great finishing touch. Being a politician doesn’t mean that you have to be boring, and she is here to prove it.

Red-hot

 

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Red is not just the color of the GOP – it is an ideal color for blondes! This trendy politician is meticulous about what she wears, proving that all of us can look as amazing with just a little effort. This is one of her rare posts which allows you to see that Smolenski is a shoe pro as well. While most of us wouldn’t have chosen wedges with this fabulous dress, she did the unexpected. That moment really tones down the whole aesthetics and gives her appearance a more approachable vibe.

Monochrome rules

 

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A well-done black-and-white combo can really take you places, and rocking these two colors in a single outfit should never be boring. Make sure that you play with prints, though, just like Marilyn Smolenski has done. She opted for a fabulous pair of printed pants, in guess which colors? Black and white! Since the bottom part of her look is much more vibrant, she kept it simple in the top. Marilyn has obviously mastered the art of layering like a real fashion guru. You can see a white top peeking from under a basic long-sleeved shirt. It is well put together, classy, and casual at the same time.

Marilyn Smolenski: boss lady

 

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Smolenski filed her paperwork to run for office for the very first time in June. What better way is there to celebrate the moment than by flaunting a flawless outfit? Her look is on point, and ideal for the occasion. The black blazer she’s donning is a classic piece every woman should own. To add some fun vibes to the final look, Marilyn chose a gorgeous frilled elegant shirt in a blush pink color.

LBD upgrade

 

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Everyone loves a little black dress. Why not make it special and stand out from everyone else? That is exactly what Smolenski did here. Even on days when she’s running around picking up more flyers, she kept her signature, impactful sense of fashion. The gorgeous, sleeveless number has real appeal.

Check out more fashion profiles of the world’s most stylish politicians on the News Growl fashion archive page.

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