Clothes don't make the man, but they sure can make him look good — or bad, as we've all witnessed at one time or another. And while we know that Vice President Joe Biden and VP hopeful Paul Ryan have bigger things on their respective plates right now, especially as they prepare for tonight's vice-presidential debate, we wanted to point the spotlight on style for a second. So, in honor of good old-fashioned political banter, we checked in with some of the most dapper style pros in the District — Pranav Vora of Hugh & Crye and Colin Hunter and Peyton Jenkins of Alton Lane — about what the candidates should be wearing, the last-minute tweaks they should make before a televised debate, and what each man's style says about him. Read on for their enlightening assessments. How would you dress Paul Ryan and Joe Biden for the vice-presidential debate?
Pranav Vora: "There's such an age and experience difference that I think could work in either candidate's favor. Ryan should dress like he is not just the VP candidate, but the next commander-in-chief. White point-collar shirt, red tie, single-breasted three-button suit, with slacks that are a bit more tailored than Romney's. While Biden has the opportunity to look extremely comfortable and trusted in his attire, he has to communicate that this isn't his first time doing this. Similarly, I'd go with a classic, deep navy suit, single-breasted, three-button, and a three-inch blue tie — says he's there to work for the American people, as he has for many years."
Colin Hunter and Peyton Jenkins: "Biden typically does a surprisingly good job of putting himself together — especially for an older gentleman with a distinguished, classic style. For someone in seemingly good shape, Ryan seems to wear things that are too large for his frame. He should opt for a slimmer-cut suit that will complement his stature."
For a VP, what's the secret to having great style without looking like you're trying to upstage your boss?
Vora: "I think the VP should dress at the level of a step down from the presidential candidate. Obviously, nothing that is too bright or draws the attention away from the presidential candidate. On the campaign trail, I think a dress shirt (that actually fits) with a button-down collar, no tie, and sleeves rolled up is a great look for the VP."
Hunter/Jenkins: "Whether it’s baggy suits or bright ties, any [attention] someone pays to the VP is attention taken away from the presidential candidate. Stick to simple patterns and understated accessories. Look confident, without garnering too much notoriety. To put it in context, consider a wedding party: Always look good; never upstage the groom."
Photos: Courtesy of Paul Ryan/Joe Biden
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