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Political Style Notes: New York's New "First Lady" Wears White, Recycles Outfits

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    Food Network star Sandra Lee debuted her role as political partner during new governor Andrew Cuomo's swearing-in on New Year's Eve, starting off on the right trend, wearing head-to-toe winter white.

    Nevertheless, The Post has opened up a bit of a debate over her style, a moment that's really a rite of passage for any first lady, whether you're Sandra Lee or Michelle Obama.

    Lee made her own personal fortune on the basis of cooking frugally, and it seems she's extending that to dressing -- shopping her own closet for Louboutins and the aforementioned white designer dress. As Marie Claire editor in chief Joanna Coles told the Post, "Most people wear designer dresses several times .... It's the only way you can justify the price. I think New York women will like her better for it." 

    It seems the style critics, however, are not a fan of her white dresses. Celebrity stylist calls her look "consistently mediocre," while Stacy London, host of TLC show What Not to Wear, wonders why she doesn't "ditch the snowbunny look."

    A Lee rep told the Post that the star "loves New York designers and beautiful, elegant fabrics that are soft, flowy and chic." If she stands by her words, it would be interesting indeed to see her wearing some true New York upstarts like Prabal Gurung or Jason Wu.