Sen. Gillibrand’s hot new D.C. look

Move over, housewives — there’s a new fashionista in D.C.

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand revealed a new, sleek look in the November issue of Vogue.

Clad in a slimming Michael Kors sheath dress and sophisticated white walking coat, Gillibrand — who has lost more than 40 pounds since she was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton in January 2009 — stands striking and confident in front of the U.S. Capitol.

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NEW YORK - MAY 31: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, back left, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, center, and New York Governor David A. Paterson, back 2nd right, march during the annual Salute to Israel Parade May 31, 2009 in New York City. Thousands marched up Fifth Avenue to celebrate the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and also the 100th birthday of the city of Tel Aviv. (Photo by Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David A. Paterson;Kirsten Gillibrand;Michael Bloomberg

How did Gillibrand get so fit and svelte? The senator claims she kept to a very strict diet and started playing sports again, namely tennis.

“I had saved all my [size] 4s and 6s from before I had children, but when I started this diet I said, ‘I’m going to give away all my clothes because I want to start fresh,’ and I wanted to reward myself; if I ever get back to that size, I can buy new clothes,” she said.

“I gave away every stitch of clothing that I was not wearing. I started at a size 16, and now I am back at a 4/6.”

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In the magazine spread, Gillibrand displays her softer side: playing with her young sons in her Senate office and walking with aides in a stylish Dolce & Gabbana jacket and dress.

Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter said: “Gillibrand is loose and fun ... She’s a small-town girl with rural American values, but big-city aspirations.”

But for all her new style, don’t expect Gillibrand to follow in the footsteps of fashion lover Michelle Obama anytime soon.

“As modern and young as Gillibrand is, [fashion] is one part of her job that remains fuddy-duddy; it seems unlikely that she will blaze a daring fashion path on Capitol Hill,” Van Meter wrote. “Which is too bad, because these days, she could pull it off.”