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The Presidential (Fashion) Race

Last week, fashion writer Hadley Freeman critiqued Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. This week, she takes on the male presidential candidates’ sartorial choices. There aren’t as many options for men, but the cut of a suit can suggest a lot.

“Look at McCain, striding around in his boxy blue suits, single button always done up to cover the paunch, ties always just that little bit too wide,” Hadley writes. “This man could not look more establishment if he went around doing secret handshakes and butt-slapping Karl Rove.” In contrast, “Obama does not feel the need for such sartorial alpha-male armor and instead shows off his slimness. This is not a man who would engage in phallus-waving drinking matches with the boys down the ranch on a Saturday night, one suspects.”

All politics aside, we love how Obama wears a more modern cut. Otherwise, he might look like a 15-year-old kid wearing his father’s suit. [The Guardian, U.K.]

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