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Modern Queen of the Pantsuit Blake Lively has clapped back at an Instagrammer who questioned her repeated choice of attire. But the 31-year-old actress’ response raised some eyebrows as the comparison it draws doesn’t really work. Not entirely.

Here’s what went down.

First, Lively started wearing suits somewhat regularly about a year ago. Some were great. Others, less so. It became one of her things. Observe:

 

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Then, during the ongoing press tour for her upcoming film A Simple Favor, the mother of two upped her own ante, channeling her character and donning a plethora of tailored suits, one after the other (she wore five in one day last week!). One of them, a pink three-piece number, prompted professional Noticer of How People Dress @fashion_critic_ to call her out on IG.

“It’s suit number 1,356 for Blake Lively’s promotion of ‘A Simple Favor’. This time custom pink Ralph Lauren Collection,” the caption reads.

 

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Regardless of whether that count is accurate, the statement rings true. The caption is more observational than shady, but one person didn’t take it as such. That person was Lively.

“Would you note a man wearing lots of suits during a promo tour? 😱😊 So why can’t a woman? Just sayinnnn. No double standards ladies 💪💕,” the star wrote in the comments section.

But this brings us to the problem, because men wear suits all the time and, no, we don’t comment on it because suits are traditionally what men wear to office or formal events. But if a male actor started wearing nothing but gowns and dresses during a promo tour, certainly people would start talking about it! Why? Because it’s different, and therefore strange to our traditional fashion senses.

Despite this, the conversation continued on Instagram, with @fashion_critic_ responding to Lively’s comment.

“You know I love you, and I personally have really enjoyed this tour,” the poster responded. “If you look at my website, I have said that I have admired your total commitment to rocking suits during this promo tour. That number was just an attempt at humour. I’m sorry it didn’t translate. Looking forward to the Paris premiere. 😘”

Then it was Lively’s turn to play nice.

“Nothing but love 💚,” she wrote “I don’t expect everyone to like it. Fashion that creates a difference of opinions is the fun part. I totally understand the missed humor. I do the same thing sometimes. Just lookin’ to encourage women to do what men do without being teased for it. 😊👍 Yes, even in a space as material as fashion. It all starts somewhere…♥️♥️ and everyone’s voice counts.”

But, again, her comment makes a false comparison. Of course Ryan Reynolds wouldn’t get teased for wearing a handful of suits in one day, but he would 100 per cent get teased if he stepped out in a series of gowns.

That said, it’s not abnormal for a woman to wear a suit. Females have been upping their suiting game for nearly 40 years. When the power suit stormed onto the runways in the ’80s, it transformed the way women dressed, adding another option for what she could wear to the office or a party.

We think what Lively might be trying to say is that she feels there are unfair gender stereotypes in the world, especially when it comes to style. While there are fashion labels — like Canada’s very own Rad Hourani, who shows at the prestigious Paris Couture Fashion Week — that sell dresses and skirts for both men and women, these garments are still not as widely accepted on a male as a suit is on a female.

Here, her comment missed the mark, even if the suit was perfectly on point.