It's been reported that Michelle Obama buys her own clothes, but on Wednesday The Times of London reported that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah rents her designer duds. Why? As the Times explains...
She has no income of her own, having given up all paid work when her husband was Chancellor to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. She is not allowed to receive gifts, nor to borrow clothing, not even for a summit.
So to look the part for Britain, Mrs Brown has to rent these outfits, the ones that we all scrutinise so brutally, paying a tenth of their value (excluding shop mark-ups) each time. She paid hundreds of pounds of her own money to rent [the £9,000 top], and returned it afterwards
The Guardian confirmed this piece of information:
Downing Street has today confirmed that Mrs Brown did indeed hire many of the clothes she wore to the G20, as well as the Amanda Wakeley outfits for a recent state banquet for Felipe Calderón, the Mexican president, and the lord mayor's banquet.
Even that glamorous Graeme Black jacket she wore outside Downing Street to welcome the Obamas and other world leaders, was rented - probably a wise move considering one of his jackets can cost as much as £3,000, and she would doubtless be pilloried for daring to wear the same outfit twice.
So what did Mrs. Brown wear to the G-20 Summit? Since most people were too busy looking at Michelle Obama, here's a quick refresher: