What Hillary Clinton’s Decision to Wear Purple in Concession Speech Means

During her concession speech to new president elect, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and her team's decision to wear purple drew much attention.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former President Bill Clinton, pauses as she concedes the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The colors that Hillary Clinton wore during her campaign run to become President of the United States have been making headlines this election season.
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And her outfit choice Wednesday during her concession speech to president elect, Donald Trump, was no exception. Pictured above from left to right, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton, Tim Kaine and Anne Holton.
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The Democratic candidate appeared before cameras in a black blazer with purple flaps and a shirt of the same color by designer Ralph Lauren. Her husband, Bill Clinton, wore a purple tie. Anne Holton (right), wife of former vicepresidential candidate Tim Kaine, also wore a dress with purple accents.
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In politics, the color purple is recognized as the color of unity among the Republican and Democratic parties, which are both otherwise represented by the colors red and blue, respectively.
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"Our nation is more deeply divided than we thought," said Clinton during her first appearance after losing the election to Trump.
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During elections, swing states are often called "purple states," referencing their ability to support either the Republican or Democratic party.
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The color purple also has important significance to the women's suffrage movement.
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"Purple is the color of loyalty, the constancy of purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause," according to the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage mission statement quoted by the New York Times.
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Culturally, the color purple is considered a symbol of nobility, wealth and power. Pictured above, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton.
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In social circles, her followers applauded her selection of color, each assigning their own interpretation of why she wore purple according to their beliefs.
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In the last few months, the colors that Clinton chose to wear during campaign appearances have been talked about extensively.
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When Hillary Clinton appeared dressed in white during the third presidential debate in October, her wardrobe choice again garnered much attention.
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According to the female suffrage movement, white is the emblem of purity and symbolizes the quality of the movement's purpose.
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The color of Clinton's outfits were the center of attention during all three presidential debates, when she wore red, blue and white, respectively.
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"I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future," she said.
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