It is no secret that the general public judges politicians on more than just their policies. The media features major-party presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on a daily basis, and such exposure carries great scrutiny alongside it.
In order to be successful in their campaigns, political figures must be able to attract voters, and appearance plays a large role in that attraction. Whether on or off camera, presidential hopefuls are very much aware of their appearance and the message it conveys.
Think of the 1960 televised debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Personalities and makeup issues aside, Kennedy looked very stylish in a crisp white shirt and well-fitting dark single-breasted suit. Nixon wore a pale blue shirt and light colored suit that was quite traditional and well, ordinary.
THIS YEAR’S TWO NOMINEES FROM THE MAJOR PARTIES HAVE THEIR OWN WARDROBE ISSUES.
Hillary Clinton seen at second presidential debate wearing navy pantsuit and cream blouseHillary Clinton’s signature pantsuits may hit the mark when cut trim but when loose fitting, she appears very matronly. Business casual is fine but she should ditch the patterned “upholstery” fabrics.
On the other hand…
DONALD TRUMP NEEDS A NEW TAILOR.
He always wears a white shirt with cuff links and a navy blue, charcoal or grey “power” suit that may be expensive but simply don’t fit properly. His desire for comfort over fit results in clothing that doesn’t hang well.
Shoulders too wide and pant legs that crease easily because they’re too long and roomy—even baggy—make Trump appear sloppy. Coat pockets bulging with too much “stuff” inside don’t help either. Even his ties (usually solid red or blue) are too long, falling well below the belt buckle.
SNL may make fun of Hillary’s pant suits, but if Donald Trump uses a custom tailor, he should tell him, “You’re fired.”