Originally Posted by Geezer
There's a reason expensive PR people make politicians and CEOs wear plain navy suits: they look good.
Not quite. The reason is that they look good enough, but they're generic enough that people who dress like crap or don't have much exposure to wearing suits or people who do (rural midwesterners, for example) aren't threatened.
Those same people are the ones who make sure that suits on prominent pols don't fit perfectly. Shoulders too wide, chest too baggy, pants and sleeves just a little too long. The suits will fit well enough to appeal to rich donors, but they'll be off enough that those same rural farmers aren't turned off by how precise the tailoring is. Shoes are slightly scuffed, but not too much, for the same reason.
It's calculated, and aesthetics are quite secondary.