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Style Advice for U.S. Congressmen

Barney Frank

Congressmen: While we did not elect you for your fashion sense, and we understand that you are not Senators, please remember that you are representing us in all capacities. So might we respectfully suggest that you ease off the Cosby cardigans and, you know, class it up a bit? (Mr. Frank, we understand you were wearing a cast in the above photo, but that is no excuse for standing in the House Chamber looking like a chilly American tourist.)

As we discussed yesterday, one of the most stylish guys in the House has decided against seeking reelection, so the rest of you are going to need to pick up the slack—and bring it to a decent tailor.

Rep. Elton William Gallegly (R-CA) A good rule of thumb, Congressman, is to avoid wearing any articles of clothing that might cause seizures.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) As a representative from the state of Arizona, you are one of a few gentlemen in Washington permitted to wear a bolo tie to work. That said, drop by Ken Salazar’s office on your lunch break and note how his top button is always buttoned.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) You’re frumpy and you don’t give a shit. A counter stereotype, if you will. But if you will, at least tuck your shirt in.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Your support for the Bicycle Commuter Act is kind of cool. Expressing that support by color-coding a neon bike pin with a neon bow tie is not. (Ditto on not color-coding the two.)