When It Comes To Politics, Do Clothes Make The Man?

Super Tuesday is tomorrow! Will the aesthetics, not the ideas, of the assembled candidates affect how you vote? (Are you voting???) After all, even the mainstream press is focusing on the candidates' fashions, and we don't just mean the female candidates. Hillary, of course, gets a shout out — International Herald Tribune writer Suzy Menkes points outthat Clinton, a fan of the pantsuit, may be headed for hard times ahead as dresses and skirts will dominate this spring — but the real losers this time, are the men, specifically the Republican contenders. In fact, John McCain's Bill Cosby sweaters and Mitt Romney's rolled-up shirt-sleeves are now officially part of the "national dialogue"! After the jump, what some half-wit "experts" employed by Reuters have to say about the male candidates and their sartorial choices.

John McCain:"[O]ften dresses casually in sweaters, trying to look like just plain folks" but a big win tomorrow could bring an "evol[ution] into the more presidential look."

Mitt Romney: "[D]resses like [a] successful businessman" "very well tailored, pressed, everything is creased" even though his "old-fashioned, baggy trousers make fashionistas cringe."

Mike Huckabee: His "relaxed dress reflects his campaign line that people would rather elect a president "who reminds them of the guy they work with, not that guy who laid them off" but there's no way the man can be president sporting "no tie and an open shirt."

And just for shits 'n giggles, here's Barack!

Barack Obama: "[H]is necktie is fashionably knotted in a thick, full Windsor knot, a style popular with men in their 20's and 30's" but "is necktie is fashionably knotted in a thick, full Windsor knot, a style popular with men in their 20's and 30's" and is "venturing toward foppishness."


Fashion Headlines Pale In Comparison To U.S. Political Campaign
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Subliminal Sartorial Messages On The Campaign Trail? [Reuters]