Is Rand Paul the coolest/squarest/hip-to-be-squarest politician so far in the 2016 presidential race?
While he’s yet to be spotted in JFK’s Nantucket reds, or GHWB’s striped watchbands and J. Press suits, Rand’s wardrobe has the tradly touches of buttondown collars, conventional striped ties, and gold-buttoned navy blazers.
That’s pretty unusual for a pol in the national spotlight, where all of them sport the American Boardroom look of blue suit, white shirt with moderate-spread collar, and shiny tie in random pop color. With presumably an army of advisers, Paul will no doubt make his wardrobe more generic as he gets more air time.
Paul is known for another style quirk that harkens back to our 35th president: he’s more than willing to be photographed in sunglasses, and has a special fondness for Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
However, recently Luxottica, parent company of Ray-Ban, asked Paul to stop selling Wayfarers with his own branding on them (i.e. his name). The shades were being hawked on Paul’s website with the tagline “the intersection of politics and cool,” an intersection that, try as they might, has never actually been found on any map.
Final note: lest Ivy Style be accused of endorsing one political party over the other, “style” was put in quotation marks in the headline. When it comes to politicians and clothes, the term “style” should always be used loosely. — CC