Fashion in the White House: What are Politicians Wearing?

 

Politicians in the White House can wear virtually anything these days as long as they look professional. Rick Santorum was known for his sweater vests during his campaign and this may have been a nod towards the cardigans worn by Jimmy Carter. Barrack Obama has been accused of wearing “mom” jeans, though when it comes to politicians in general, there are some similarities.

Dark suits that are neatly tailored are a must – and it is almost always paired with a crisp white button down. There is then a red or blue silk tie that is tied in a Double Windsor. Some of the younger politicians are changing this up a bit with a wool tie, though not much of the look beyond this changes. A flag lapel pin can often be seen. Depending upon what a politician is focusing on, the pin may change. If you want to model yourself after the politicians in the White House, you can look for a pin that employs what you are supporting – such as a pink ribbon to support breast cancer or a rifle to support the NRA. It is your one and only opportunity to step out of the norm.

Shoes can be where a distinction is to be made as well. While black low quarters in patent leather are common and it may be possible to find one with a tassel or even a small heel to add height. Navy shows can also be seen when it coincides with a navy suit. Tie bars are seen periodically, as are cufflinks. Most politicians keep these simple. A solid gold or silver tie bar is added to the tie to keep it in place as they run from meeting to meeting. Cufflinks can include an initial, a party logo, or an American flag.

 

Conformity is important within the White House. The only time that this changes is when there is a campaign trail to jump on. This is when politicians break away from their suit and where something that is more comfortable and more socially acceptable to the masses. While many of the politicians still keep it professional with tailored attire, there are the periodic changes in color with the ties and even more designs and colors. Pinstripes can encompass the suits. New colors can be added into the dress shirt. Even a few other articles of clothing like the sweater vest can be added should a politician want to show that he is the average American.




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