Rep. Jared Polis might be a fine lawmaker (the Colorado Dem has been reelected twice) and a nice guy and all, but let’s be real: the man has terrible fashion sense. Bow ties over turtlenecks? Yep, he’s been there, worn that. Ties over polo shirts? The gentleman from Colorado is guilty.
But that might change as of Tuesday, after the sartorially challenged congressman got a spiffy makeover courtesy of Boulder-based menswear company Ninox. The project to upgrade Polis’s threads got started back in 2012, when GQ poked fun at him for a particularly jarring polo-shirt-clip-on-bow-tie combo in an article that bore the headline “Worst Congressional Style Ever? Yeah, Probably.”
The mag offered to help Polis reform his ways, but never actually contacted him, his office says. Meanwhile, Ninox, which is located in Polis’s district, stepped in to take on the significant challenge.
On Tuesday, the congressman emerged from the haberdashery (we’ll just have to imagine the makeover montage, complete with a peppy pop song) looking dapper in a well-cut blue suit and a coordinating bow tie topping a proper button-down shirt (whew!).
Polis paid for the whole thing himself (that’s another thing — he can’t cry poverty as an excuse for his previously poor fashion choices, since he’s a self-made millionaire). And it was a two-birds situation: he could promote a local business while getting some needed wardrobe help.
“I hope that it turns some heads back in Washington and reflects on the creativity of the folks in my district.” Polis tells us.
So what does he have to say to his critics at GQ? “I’d say look at the new Jared Polis 2.0.”