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Obama's Tan Suit Undermines Message - Leading Stylist

Obama's Tan Suit Undermines Message - Leading Stylist


Everyone can be excused for missing President Obama's message today because he totally distracted the audience with what he was wearing according to leading NZ Stylist, Jody Blackwood from Fox and Mae.

Obama wore a beautifully cut and undoubtedly expensive tan suit to the White House press conference this morning (NZT) to talk about U.S. strategy for dealing with ISIS and growing tensions in Ukraine.

The problem was that he stepped outside of presidential and prime ministerial convention and wore a light coloured suit.

Imagine if the Reserve Bank Governor announced a rise in the OCR wearing a pair of boardies.... the message would be lost and it would compromise the trust the public has in the position.

I'm not saying the convention is right just that 'it is what it is'.

Dark colours have become synonymous with power, importance, authority and credibility.

Take last night's leaders' Debate on TVNZ - both Mr Key and Mr Cunliffe were wearing dark suits.

Simon Dallow, Mike McRoberts, Mike Hosking and John Campbell always wear dark suits.

Women can get away with wearing lighter colours but those in senior and powerful positions commonly temper bright pinks, reds, greens and blues with darker jackets. Of course, white is ubiquitous and acceptable.

To be frank, President Obama doesn't really suit Tan either. He is a classic Winter and so he should stay away from colours with a yellow base. He rocks navy, charcoal, black and BRG.

However, with such a beautifully tailored suit it would be a shame for him not to wear it again... perhaps at a Polo tournament or a wedding.

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