Politician’s policies are often scrutinised, as are their sartorial choices. Of course, where our pollies stand on education, the economy, the environment and foreign policy should carry greater weight than what they wear, but the way a leader expresses himself and dresses is relevant and should come under the microscope. There’s simply no excuse for a man in the public eye to dress badly these days. So, with the UK election just around the corner, the US set for a new President next year and who knows who’ll lead Australia from one month to the next, we thought we’d take a thoroughly frivolous look at politics, with a ‘most stylish politicians list’ from around the globe.
Enrique Pena Nieto (Mexico)
Mexico’s president is rarely seen with a hair out of place or the mearest crinkle in his suit. He has in fact been compared to “Clark Kent” such is his overtly masculine image and custom tailored suits. He has a penchant for a crisp white shirt and red power tie combination. For a man who presides over a country with such a reputation for gang warfare, drugs and corruption and with a few scandals that have rocked his presidency, he certainly gives the impression of being cool under fire.
Hans Linde (Sweden)
This young socialist is a member of the Left wing party in Sweden’s Rikstag. His political choices may not be held by the majority of Swedes, but Linde’s style choices espouse that quintessential Scandanavian functional, understated but well cut look that is very much of the moment. This is a guy who knows how to dress for his complexion, favouring low contrast tones to mimic his blonde hair and fair skin.
Aaron Schock (USA)
Strictly speaking, Aaron Schock is no longer eligible for this list, as he resigned a couple of weeks ago amidst rumours of overspending. OK, so he did redesign his office to look like Downtown Abbey and he did like to travel a lot…but one thing you can’t criticise him for; he’s probably the most photogenic politician to come out of Capitol Hill
Malcolm Turnbull (Australia)
This “Primed Minister” in the Australian Parliament is never far from conjecture, but few can fault his choice of sharply tailored suits, crisp shirts and Hermès ties. Whilst he usually doesn’t stray too far from the standard politician’s uniform, he does ensure that his tie is knotted well and his suits fit impeccably.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (USA)
The Governator is obviously already a larger than life character and for a big man, he certainly knows how to dress for his physique. Wide collars on his shirts, thick knots and wide lapels ensure he looks balanced. He’s not afraid of a bit of colour and pattern either, which makes this bodybuilder come movie star come politician a one of a kind and certainly worthy of inclusion on our most stylish politicians list.