Candidates Dress to Impress

The road to the White House runs through Barneys—or is it Eddie Bauer?
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 4:41 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, gestures while speaking during a campaign stop at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, Monday Feb. 4, 2008. His wife Cindy is at right. (AP Photo/Charles...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Maybe it’s the woman in the mix, maybe it’s "Project Runway," but clothing matters more than ever on the campaign trail, and fashion mavens are vocal about what candidates’ duds indicate. Barack Obama is particularly dapper, but his Windsor knots and tailoring may be too much, Reuters reports: “it’s venturing toward foppishness,” said one watcher.

Mitt Romney gets props for his businesslike fashions but not for his pleated pants. John McCain dresses to show off his inner man of the people, but he'll suit up if he lands the nomination. As for Hillary Clinton, she’s thankfully left the hairbands behind but has “retreated back into menswear," laments fashion icon Tim Gunn.