Tampa memories: Fashionable men of the RNC

My hunt for fashionable women at the Republican convention, naturally, led to the discovery of some fashionable fellas. As with the women, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. But I found them. Again, the key to inclusion was the shoes. And it bears repeating that nothing ruins a beautiful dress or a suit like a pair of shoes that are inappropriate for the outfit (i.e., running shoes or flip-flops with a suit) or are just plain ugly (i.e., Birkenstocks or Crocs with anything).

(Jonathan Capehart)

(Jonathan Capehart)

No discussion about fashionable Republican men would be complete without talking about Hogan Gidley. After all, the former spokesman for Rick Santorum during his quest for the party’s nomination is “GQ’s favorite sockless Republican strategist.”

(Jonathan Capehart)

I snapped this photo at the CNN Grill on the first official night of the convention.

The outfit of brown pinstriped suit, lavender knit tie, white striped shirt and colorful pocket square is vintage Gidley. Conservative with a flair. Sort of like a kid who takes to coloring books with vibrant crayons, but who never goes outside the lines. Come to think of it, this applies to Shaughnessy and Larson, too.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.
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