Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers advice to newly-elected congresswoman on how to economically and sustainably afford Congress-appropriate clothing

a woman wearing a dress: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks up the House steps for a vote in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., walks up the House steps for a vote in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

  • Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advised Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush to thrift and rent clothes, so she can affordably have a Congress-appropriate wardrobe. 
  • Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly spoken about her financial struggles growing up. 
  • She’s been repeatedly criticized by conservatives for her wardrobe. 
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offered some wardrobe advice to Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush on how to sustainably and economically afford clothes for her new job in Washington.

Bush on Tuesday wrote on Twitter: “The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get the business clothes I need for the Hill. So I’m going thrift shopping tomorrow.” 

In response, Ocasio-Cortez advised Bush to thrift and rent. 


“You can also thrift and buy second hand online, which helped me get higher quality, longer-lasting things that would normally be out of budget. Good luck!” she wrote.

Conservatives have long scrutinized Ocasio-Cortez for her wardrobe. In 2018, Eddie Scarry, a conservative author, and reporter tweeted a picture taken from behind Ocasio-Cortez and criticized her clothes as being too nice. Scarry said they didn’t match her working-class public persona.

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Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned on her working-class background during her first bid for Congress has also been public about her financial struggles. 

“If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside. If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside,” she tweeted in response to Scarry’s comments. 


The congresswoman was also recently criticized for wearing high-end clothes in a photoshoot with Vanity Fair. The clothes for that photoshoot were borrowed. 

Ocasio-Cortez was not the only woman politician to offer advice for Bush.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib chimed in telling Bush: “Cori, I still wear some of my maternity clothes under those blazers. P.S. I get the most compliments from the clothes I got from thrift shops.”

Marama Davidson, a member of Parliament in New Zealand, tweeted, “Kia ora, greetings Cori and Rashida. Coleader of the Green Party of Aotearoa NZ here, Minister of the Executive Council. We have a strong proud thrift tradition that extends to elected reps. Here I am wearing my thrift suit on election night.”

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Bride-to-be slammed for considering uninviting sister to her wedding because she can’t afford a gift

  • A US-based bride was slammed for suggesting cutting her sister out of wedding 
  • Explained the sister in question could not afford an expensive gift from registry  
  • People criticized the bride-to-be. saying a wedding should not be about gifts 

A bride-to-be was slammed online after revealing she is considering uninviting her sister from her wedding because she cannot afford an expensive wedding gift. 

The woman, believed to be from the US, explained her sister had called her in tears because she doesn’t have enough money to buy any of the expensive presents listed on the registry. 

The bride-to-be then asked whether she should add more affordable gifts to her list, accept cash gifts, or simply ‘dis-invite’ her sister. 

She shared her conundrum to the That’s It, I’m Wedding Shaming Facebook group, where people were quick to mock her and branded her materialistic. 

A bride-to-be was blasted online after she suggested cutting her sister out of her wedding because she can’t afford to buy her an expensive gift from the registry (stock image)
The bride asked for advice on whether she should request cheaper gifts, accept cash or uninvite her sibling – but people slammed her for even considering the latter

In the Facebook post, initially shared on an alternative group, she wrote: ‘Hey queens, I’m getting married next year, and I just sent my gift registry to all of the “confirmed” guests.

‘My sister called in tears, and said she can’t afford anything on my gift registry.’ 

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She then put forward three potential solutions to her conundrum, writing: ‘Should I: Put some cheap things that I don’t really need on my gift registry to make sure people who can’t afford it don’t feel bad; put a note on the gift registry to say that cash gifts are also acceptable; disinvite my sister from my wedding.’ 

The bride-to-be signed off the post with ‘Namaste’, followed by a prayer emoji. 

While she didn’t specify whether she was joking or not, people certainly didn’t find her post funny.

Many claimed they were shocked that she wanted gifts so badly that forgoing wedding presents was not even an option. 

People slammed the bride for even joking about cutting her sister out of her wedding because she could not afford a gift

‘A wedding isn’t about gifts. I hate people like this,’ one commented. 

Another mocked the bride by writing: ‘Sorry ur poor? disinvited [sic].’

And one suggested: ‘If you’re that greedy over gifts, maybe tell people before you invite them so they don’t feel bad about ditching your wedding.’ 

Some people poked fun at the fact the bride used the Hindu greeting ‘namaste’ to end her message

Others made fun of the bride for using the Hindu greeting ‘namaste’, with one commenting: ‘Na ma steeeee away from your wedding.’ 

‘You can namaste the hell away from me with that ridiculously expensive gift registry,’ another said. 

‘Of course someone who would consider disinviting her own sister from her wedding for

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