Cathy Horyn Thinks Paul Ryan Needs a Tailor
Mitt Romney’s recently-appointed running mate Paul Ryan’s sartorial choices are the subject of more than just casual GChat discussions. They’re the subject of a substantial New York Times article by the notoriously difficult to please Cathy Horyn. And she’s just as tough on Ryan’s jacket choice as she was on Kanye West’s debut collection, or Snooki in that Jersey Shore article.
While she feels there isn’t much to say about Ryan or Mitt Romney’s style, as “there are no real differences of style and message in the clothing of the current presidential candidates,” there was one thing about Ryan’s appearance that really “bugged” her–and it wasn’t his Obama-esque lack of tie:
Yet if Mr. Ryan was chosen to bring youth and vigor and a kind of Ayn Rand boldness to the G.O.P., as the commentators kept saying, then his jacket was killing it.
So much for his lethal six-pack. He was swimming in his coat, like Tom Hanks in “Big” when he becomes a kid again.
Horyn clearly does not mean “killing it” in a good way. She even consulted T‘s mens fashion editor Bruce Pask, who validated her issues with Ryan’s horrible jacket:
Like many American suit wearers, I think he suffers from the misconception that the size a guy wears directly correlates with his masculinity. In their minds, being a 42 is more manly than a 40. And yet what actually happens when a guy wears something too big is the obvious: he looks smaller, dwarfed by shoulders that are too big, a shirt collar that is too roomy, lapels that are too wide.
Overall, Horyn feels Ryan is just focusing on the wrong things:
Instead of boasting about his insane workout, perhaps 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.
We have to say she has a point. That jacket is way too big. You hear that, campaign aides/image consultants? Get him a suit that fits!