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Best Dressed Statesman

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by othertravel, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. TheForeigner

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    Wow, this thread was an excellent read. Cheers, gents!
     

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    Abid Raja, member of a socialist party ("Venstre", translates to left..). In the sartorial wasteland of Norway he is one of the few people, never mind politicians, that at least puts some effort into it, event though the results may vary.

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    I'm sure he's better dressed than the average Norwegian politician, but I don't like the informality. Being a parliamentarian is a serious business and he should dress accordingly (I'm assuming these pictures aren't taken at a weekend conference or similar).
     


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    At the same time it`s somewhat liberating to see someone in this country actually put some thought into what they are wearing, all though I agree that rules should apply, but from what I know you´re only obliged to wear a suit to work in the Norwegian parliment, and within those frames you can more or less dress as you please, resulting in various hideous numbers from more or less everyone in that building. You´ll be lucky to spot suit that fits properly and is not of the rack, never mind a tie (that goes well with the outfit)..
     

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    I see where you're coming from, but in this instance I think respect for the institution should override fashion. As a thought experiment, imagine if every male parliamentarian dressed like Mr Raja above. It would send the wrong message. Personally I prefer the ill-fitting suit and the tasteless tie, as long as it's a suit and tie. Of course, I'm not Norwegian, so it's not for me to say.

    Then again, times change. Dress codes are becoming increasingly informal, so it's not a surprise that politicians also dress more casually. If one looks at modern American electioneering, the 'no jacket, no tie, sleeves rolled up to just below elbows' look seems to be de rigueur (among men, that is).
     

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    I fully agree with you, his name just popped up in my head when I saw this thread, and like I mentioned before, he is probably one of very few, if not the only one in the parlament who puts any effort and thought into what he wears.
    The rest of them looks something like this chap. Remove the tie and open up the top button, and voila, you have the majority of the male representatives.
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    (Knut Arild Hareide, KrF (translates to the christian peoples party or something along those lines)).
     

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    Gandhi took bespoke to the next level. I'm fairly certain he was the only 20th century statesman who made his own clothes.

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