Many people believe Paul Ryan is the perfect fit for Vice President. But some in the media believe he needs to add something to his repertoire before he can be considered seriously: better fitting clothes.
Cathy Horyn of The New York Times wrote: “He was swimming in his coat, like Tom Hanks in ‘Big’ when he becomes a kid again. …Mr. Ryan should get a skilled tailor, or challenge campaign aides to pay closer attention to tangible details rather than abstractions like whether or not the candidates appeal to nonrich, nonwhite voters.”
Katherine Boyle, writing for The Washington Post, observed: “Ryan (Wis.) appeared rumpled, slightly sloppy for a vice-presidential candidate. As if he’d flown in hours before and mistakenly picked up someone else’s suitcase. His pants sagged at his ankles. His starched, white shirt bunched at his stomach. His dark jacket drooped, better suited for a man of the cloth than a man on a presidential ticket.”
Some are even wondering if Ryan’s non-tailored suits are a political move. “In Ryan’s case, styling himself as a baggy-suited newcomer aligned with the party’s conservatives may be a wise strategy for the campaign,” Boyle wrote.
BuzzFeed staff writer Amy Odell pointed out: “Wherever he goes, there they are those shirts, folding over the waistbands of his baggy pants while he gestures at a sea of Romney posters.”
Alexandra Le Tellier also got in on the action, writing in the Los Angeles Times: “And, though we may not give as much thought about what a man wears, it’s not totally off our radar either. Just ask Rep. Paul Ryan, whose baggy suits not only make him look like a little kid drowning in his dad’s clothes but have also been the topic of recent national conversation.”
In 2008, Sarah Palin came under scrutiny for spending too much on clothing. It was reported that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 to pretty up Palin. Ann Romney also came under fire for wearing a $1,000 shirt earlier this year.