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Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, accessories and hairstyles cost a hefty sum for Republican Party

The clothing and accessories, which the Republican Party purchased for its vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, will be donated for charity after the campaign, Itar-Tass reports with reference to Tracy Schmitt, an official spokeswoman for John McCain.

The Republican National Committee has spent $150,000 on costumes, dresses, accessories and styling services for the Alaskan governor in September. The spending on the purposes in Minneapolis was evaluated at $75,062, whereas about $41,850 was spent in St. Louis. About $4,100 more was spent on hair and makeup artists.

Schmitt said that she was surprised about the public attention to pantsuits and blouses at the moment when the country was facing many other more important problems. The official added that the Republican Party was traditionally donating the things purchased for its candidates for charity after the campaign.

Advisers to Palin said that the $150,000 worth purchases were classified as campaign accessories. They said that Palin needed so much clothes to match climates across the 50 states. Palin was not shopping for the clothes herself, they added, and all the decisions to buy the clothes for the vice-presidential candidate were made by other people, but not Palin.

The party also spent $4,716.49 on Mrs Palin's hair and makeup during September, while $295 was spent at the exclusive babywear shop Steiniauf & Stroller, which brings up the idea that Mrs Palin's youngest child, Trig, also enjoyed a new wardrobe.

Meanwhile, $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier, a top men’s clothing store - perhaps to allow Todd Palin, the Governor's husband, to sport new outfits too.

Palin’s trademark glasses were designed by Japanese designer Kazuo Kawasaki, news agencies reported earlier. The glasses, made of super-light and non-allergenic metal called titanium, has become all the rage for its sudden high-profile visibility atop the 44-year-old Alaskan governor's nose. The glasses don't need any screws and instead use a thin metal strip similar to a paper clip to attach the lens to the frame, offering a clearer view for the wearer. A pair of such glasses costs $400 in the US.

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