Sarah Palin's Milly bolero is causing a lot of controversy, but this isn't the first time one of her outfits has stolen the spotlight.

By Emily Kirkpatrick
Updated January 20, 2016 08:12 PM
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It’s been a few years since Sarah Palin and her many pro-USA fashions have graced us with their technicolor presence in the sober political sphere. Palin regularly makes the talk show rounds promoting her assortment of memoirs and throwing her two cents in as a talking head for Fox every now and then, but until this week, her appearances have remained relatively low-key. Then on Tuesday, the former Vice Presidential hopeful swung by a rally in Iowa to give Trump her official endorsement and give us all a gander at her impressively spangle-laden shrug.


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The bead-embellished bolero in question comes from Milly and features silver, coppery red, gold and blue stripes, which fits right in with Palin’s traditionally super patriotic campaign garb. According to Mashable, an eagle-eyed Twitter user recognized the sweater from an interview Palin gave to CBS Sunday in November, but the real controversy surrounding this piece of apparel has to do with its steep price tag. The sold-out-everywhere bolero retails for $695, which for many people brings back to mind the controversy surrounding her very pricey 2008 campaign apparel (more on that below).

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But while her embellished Milly sweater is making all the headlines this week, this isn’t the first time the former Alaskan governor’s style has taken center stage. Lest we forget the many sartorial gifts Palin has bestowed unto the world’s eyes, here’s a look back at a handful of her most trendsetting fashion moments.

She’s never met a primary colored blazer she didn’t like:


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Her patriotic accessory collection is robust, diverse, and, as the kid’s say, on fleek:

Credit: Clockwise from left: Frederick M. Brown/Getty; Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty; Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Getty


Clockwise from left: Frederick M. Brown/Getty; Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty; Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Getty

She has no shame in straight up stealing from her daughter’s closet. Respect:


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Her choice in heels took Naughty Monkey from Paris Hilton’s favorite brand to a must-have shoe for the political elite:


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When the RNC shelled out a cool $150K to clothe her for her 2008 run alongside McCain, and all she got was this $2,500 silk Valentino jacket:


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In summary, Sarah Palin has always been, and will always be a beacon of elegance in the midst of a bleak Alaskan tundra.

What do you think of Sarah Palin’s Milly shrug? Which of her fashion moments are your favorite? What looks do you hope to see her revive during her time campaigning for Trump?

–Emily Kirkpatrick