Fashion Tips From Presidential Hopefuls
While election season is the time to solidify your political stances and make decisions about who’s going to lead our country, it’s secretly also a great time to get some fashion inspiration from presidential hopefuls. With the 2016 field including everyone from a 73 year-old socialist to Donald “You’re Fired!” Trump, the style inspo from these political figures is on point. In the spirit of bipartisanship, we’ve rounded up all of the top candidates’ most important contributions to the fashion world.
While Chris Christie’s wardrobe is often rightfully criticized, at least he’s always making a statement. And his biggest statement? High-waisted pants, a look that’s pioneering camel toe for men (camel balls?). While the look is most likely accidental, we all just wanna live in a world like Her – a world where Joaquin Phoenix is wandering around looking sad in high-waisted tweed pants.
As a Senator from Texas, it’s no surprise that Ted Cruz’s style is overwhelmingly inspired by his home state. While he usually wears a combination of ill-fitting suits and unstarched shirts, Cruz really went for it when he wore cowboy boots during an interview. Is that what we want in a President? Who knows! But let’s make cowboy boots cool again!
There’s really only ever one word to describe Hillary Clinton’s contribution to the world of fashion: “pantsuits.” That’s really all you need to know. The Democratic hopeful is the undisputed Queen of Pantsuits. And a frighteningly similar twin to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Rick Perry is basically like a bumbling frat boy who suddenly decided he wants people to think he’s intelligent – despite being unable to name all three branches of government. And the best way to make people think you’re smart is obviously to rock some glasses. Glasses can make anyone look more intelligent, right? While he swears that they’re real, we’re not convinced. But s/o to Perry. We respect reliving the mid-2000s with the “maybe-need-them, probably-don’t” glasses.
So there’s no way that Donald Trump is purposefully being the trendiest candidate. But his “Make America Great Again” dadcore-style hats definitely look like they belong in the selfie of some Instagram famous teen. Donald Trump is so out of style that it’s stylish again. His look is really the only commendable thing about him.
While the Kentucky Senator dresses like the most average politician in existence, can we just talk about his hair for a second? The libertarian, small-government nut definitely channels a “Justin Timberlake in NSYNC” look. Bring back frosted tips, Rand Paul!
Rick Santorum is the country’s biggest proponent for a sweater vest revival. Sincerely, we’re behind it. Dadcore 4 lyfe. Forget about his attempts to become President. What Santorum is really bringing to this country is the most “suburban dad” article of clothing in existence.
While he may really be Larry David under a pseudonym, the only out-and-proud-socialist running for President is the most casual of all the candidates. His real contribution to fashion is showing that sometimes wearing a rumpled button-up shirt can be the truest incarnation of “I-don’t-give-a-shit-about-anything-but-politics” style. Or maybe he doesn’t own an iron!
Photos via Reuters, Bob Daemmrich, Mashable