Sweater Fashion In Politics

When the men in the presidential campaigns are not in their uniforms of dark suits and blue or red ties, they are putting on zip collar sweaters. They are not donning the exact same one but they might just well be. They are in such uniformity.

Well, there is Donald Trump as an outlier.

The candidates choose fleece and wool when they meet with voters in an intimate or private setting like the Iowa recreational center or New Hampshire diner. Even though their suit jackets have an American flag, their Men’s Sweaters don’t.

Jeb Bush has the most varied sweaters with versions in dark brown, cadet blue, dove gray and one with patchwork. John Kasich has his version in lapis-blue. Ted Cruz likes blue too.

Marco Rubio has worn a pullover in charcoal gray with an embroidery of his name on it. It has a contrasting lining matching his ankle boots.

Rand Paul who is a contrarian and libertarian wears a front zipped vest. Bernie Sanders opts for a V-neck.

The men look like they dressed from a similar catalogue. Even though they are from different parties and they have different policies, they say the same things over and over again.

There are still a few exceptions to the sweater donning political men.

Martin O’Malley doesn’t seem to like sweaters.

Ben Carson sticks to suits but he wore a short sleeve shirt in Iowa State Fair last August. It was one rare occasion where he was not in a business suit. Even at 64, he prefers to not dress casually.

Donald Trump likes to wear suits too. There were moments when he chose a sports jacket and an open collared shirt like that time he visited a Christmas tree farm and when he went to the Iowa State Fair. He accessorized his attire with his “Make America Great Again” cap.

He avoids the cutesy, endearing and fuzzy. He defies the rules of fashion with his choice of political attire. A cozy fleece is more likely to make one look approachable than a business attire. However, in Trump’s world, that just makes one a wuss.