For it’s February issue, one of my favorite magazine, Monocle, analyzed the sartorial flair of the three Democratic front runners. The next issue tackles the Republican field.
Senator Barak Obama won out because of his natural grace and comfort with his own body. Well tailored suits and separates keep the senator looking both casually sharp and in command. Once can imagine that when out on the stump or in the midst of a debate, he is actually wearing his real clothes.
Senator John Edwards was more or less panned for the same reason I cited in a recent column, that he seems inauthentic. The man-of-the-people approach rings untrue because it probably is. He looks as though a pollster dressed him to look “authentic” or some such thing.
Senator Clinton’s wardrobe was equally criticized for being both somewhat pedestrian and conversely “pushy PTA” looking. Of course, as a female presidential candidate she is subject to the kind of fashion scrutiny that would send most men running for cover.
Regardless, Monocle is a good read. So pick up a copy or buy an online subscription that gives you access to Monocle’s remarkable site. I’m just glad to know I’m not the only one who is amazed at how contrived many of our leading candidates come across.
That being said, for my American readers I have one word: vote. I don’t care who you vote for, but vote in your primary and vote in the general election.