90% of Congress, 89% of the House of Representatives, and 93% of the Senate are comprised of males. Every day dudes wearing (mostly ill fitted, but nevertheless pretty boring) suits walk up, down, and around Capitol Hill. Then on the weekends they... well I guess they walk around more, maybe at state fairs *cough cough* in Iowa, but the blazers are swapped out for half zip pullovers.
Refer to the below photo collage by the Washington Post:
The formula for this ensemble: comfort mixed with burning desire to up the appeal to working class America. I MEAN, what's a guy to do? When one of Donald Trump's sons called him a "blue collar billionaire" and Jon Stewart repudiated that idea by pointing out that frankly, it doesn't exist. But maybe what does exist is a public that confuses its want for a political figure to look and act like what they think is a down to earth person, someone who's untainted by privilege and haughty intellectualism, with their ability to lead.
IDK GUYS. It's funny to think about how when politicians are running against each other for something like a major party nomination for President they try to differentiate themselves from one another. Everyone is trying to prove that they're different, that they can do more for you than the person to the right of them or to the left of them (literally and metaphorically speaking) can but they all LOOK THE SAME.
The reasons that we need more diversity in politics obviously run deeper than aesthetics. But what we see sticks with us; images are representational. It's time to shake up the images that we've become accustomed to associating with someone who is capable of having power.
Also, this article from Business of Fashion is A+.