Posts Tagged ‘politics’

A Congressman’s Uniform: Fashion Interview with Ambassador Andrew Young

Last month, I was personally invited to attend The HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. It was quite the business affair, the rooms overflowed with everyone from CEOs of multi-billion dollar corporations to bootstrapping entrepreneurs. There was ample opportunity for connections and nearly all attendees seemed to be in good spirits. It was here that I found myself informally chatting it up with the great Andrew Young. A leader, a trailblazer, a reverend, a congressman, a mayor, and ambassador… Young has lived quite a full life and seems to have no plans of stopping. 

What I thought would only be a small polite conversation, quickly turned into a full-scale reveal of his view on men's style and fashion. By the end of the conversation a crowd of smiling, well-engaged faces had gathered around us. So I figured I’d sum up what I learned first-hand about the style of this historical figure, and share it with The Urban Gentleman family. 

Casual Cool: Jon Favreau

I love the causal look of Barack Obama’s speech writer, Jon Favreau. And it must feel good to help write the speeches for America’s greatest President– did I mention he’s only 26.

flat fronts.

President Barack Obama, Jon Favreu, and others reviewing Obama’s speech.

Republicans Have Style Too….William Weld.

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican,
endorses Democrat Barack Obama for president
at the Baravk Obama campaign office in
Salem, N.H. Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.

I figured this might as well be a day of political style. So let me start with a picture I found of William Weld. This combination is sickening… matching your glasses to your tie is something you may want to try (hey that ryhmes, lol).

Democratic Style: Democratic National Convention 2008

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If you haven’t been watching it you should, The Democratic National Convention (DNC) started August 25th and finishes on the 28th. Now of course you should tune in because it’s historic, but for the relevance of the blog- tune in to check out the top-notch suits these politicians will be rockin‘. Politicians have such a clean, usually well-tailored and classic style. If you want to know how you should look going into the office or to a job interview take notes from them.

The DNC is being held in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center. U.S. Senator Barack Obama is the Democratic Nominee.

Check out some of the pictures from DNC:

Craig Robinson, brother of Future First Lady Michelle Obama

Democratic Committee Chairman Howard Dean

Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones

John Kerry

Pianist and Singer John Legend

New York Governor David Peterson

Representative Dennis Kucinich

Reg Weaver
(of the Democratic Educational Center….)

Senator Patrick Leahy

US Senator Edward Kennedy

Future Vice President Joe Biden

Jesse Jackson Jr.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle

The Future First Family

President Barack Obama

Style Notations: Notice that the most of the candidates opt for a black or navy suit and a red, blue, or gold tie. That’s called classic clean…. Personally, I’m a sucker for a well-tailored navy suit, spread collar white shirt, and red tie or light blue tie- It’s perfection.

One thing that I do HATE about alot of older politicians styles is there tendency to have a skinny knot… it just looks old-fashioned in a bad way. And it makes them look fat because the tie goes from skinny to fat- it’s uneven and very unflattering unless you’re rocking a skinny tie.

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