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Male Candidate Style On The Campaign Trail

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Now that we’ve profiled the ladies, it’s time to see what the men are wearing! To be elected as president of the United States, it’s a must-have for all male candidates to wear a suit, or is it? Although their attire is not as potentially painful as a female candidate, Carly Fiorino stands in high heels for hours at a time during debates, it is still important to know how these presidential hopefuls attire themselves. Here’s a quick profile of the top male presidential candidates and their politically correct, or incorrect, style. And let’s just say, there are a lot of red ties.

Bernie Sanders


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Probably not a question that often asked, but we are wondering what Bernie Sanders is wearing. This Democrat candidate often sports small, geometric printed ties and button-up shirts underneath his black suit. He is always sporting some hint of color, whether it’s a soft blue or vibrant red, that adds some hue to his pale complexion. However, as on spot as his style is, his hair is another story. Verging on a Donald Trump-whimsy, Bernie’s wispy, unkempt hair reflects his passion for the candidacy.  

Donald Trump

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What is there to say about Donald Trump’s fashion choices? Despite wherever he is, he keeps his, unfortunately, signature combover. Among his competitors, Trump favors a more suave approach to his fashion choices and is the only one with a fashion line, of course. He often wears silk, pastel ties with a black suit or at times goes tieless with his shirt buttons loosened at the top. Since his presidential announcement, he has been sporting the conservative must-have item, a red tie.


Jeb Bush

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Who knew Jeb Bush could be such a rule breaker? The former Florida governor, and now presidential candidate, has forgone the political style rules, a tie paired with a suit, and wears only his button-up shirt paired with some formal pants. Is this Jeb’s way to reach out to the working class, especially after his brother’s controversial presidency? Whatever his reason, Jeb aims to take his casual Floridian style to the White House.


Ben Carson

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Just like his slow speech but fast, fiery reactions, the style of Ben Carson is a variety of styles. Currently, he is recognized for his salt and pepper hair with five o'clock shadow, but his political style is much harder to pin down. At times, Carson favors matching his ties to his dress shirts and then pairing those to contrast with his black suits. During other appearances, Carson sports the traditional Republican color, red, with a classic black suit. 

Marco Rubio

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Besides his rising status on the polls, Rubio is also known for his fresh-faced good looks. One of the younger candidates on the Republican lineup, he’s only 44, Marco always maintains a good grooming routine with a trendy, yet conservative side-parted hairstyle.

For his attire, Marco is partial to a crimson red tie paired with a black suit and a crisp white shirt. Just like his conservative beliefs, his style never strays from the standard.

For more on political fashions, check out our article Carly and Hillary’s Campaign Trail Style here.