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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Tampa memories: Fashionable men of the GOP convention

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).

Shaughnessy Murphy

(Jonathan Capehart)
In a sea of patriotic apparel, Shaughnessy Murphy caught my eye right away. The lavender tie and brown shoes were perfect complements to his red hair. This is a sign of someone who realizes that his hair color is as much a part of what he wears as his shirt. Very smart, which is a useful trait for someone who works for a member of Congress.

Christopher Larson

(Jonathan Capehart)
Whereas Shaughnessy’s attire was anchored in tradition, Christopher Larson’s get-up screamed modern conservative hipster. Both fellas sported two-button suits, but Larson’s slim black suit and tie have been the rage for a few years now. But he gives his funereal ensemble pops of color with his red gingham pocket square and his light brown shoes. A chic look befitting a guy who calls the Big Apple home.

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.”

Hogan Gidley

(Jonathan Capehart)
In Tampa, Gidley didn’t disappoint. Because the outfits he wore in the evening were different from those he wore in the day, I teased him that he had more costume changes than Diana Ross at the Super Bowl.

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.

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