Carhartt-loving Senator-elect John Fetterman wears a suit and tie on his first day in Congress

In 2020, then-lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania John Fetterman Confirmed on Twitter that he owned exactly one suit: a simple, double-breasted suit with knurled lapels and a blue tie, which he had purposefully purchased from a large store near Braddock, the town where he lived and served as mayor. A progressive Democrat noted for his tattoos, beard, 6-foot-8 and almost exclusively Carhartt hoodie, Fetterman jokes that he really only wears the suit for “occasions” specials like Legal Weed,🤩, Lurch🙄 themed Halloween pictures, + so they let me into the PA Senate. ️” Theo an article in 2019 from Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Fetterman’s “single suit” often sits on the coat rack in his office.

(“If they let me, I would absolutely preside over the senate in shorts 🩳💯,” he added in Twitter replies. “Fuck the senate dress code. 😆” )

Now, as senator-elect for his state, Fetterman has added another special occasion to this week’s list: a new member orientation at the U.S. Capitol, where the ceremony is still held. appointed men in suits on the floor of the senate. On Tuesday morning, he brought out a seemingly identical suit, albeit with a slightly different blue tie, for his first day in Washington. “Wearing a suit doesn’t make me any smarter,” as Fetterman himself used to say—but it will likely include his new daily uniform after he is sworn in in January.

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Fetterman’s down-to-earth wardrobe weathered his former political success—he sat for his official government portrait wears a gray Dickies short-sleeve business shirt, and he’s in Carhartt on and off the campaign trail. All of this serves a broader argument: like Rachel Tashjian Written Because GQ back in 2020, “Fetterman managed to wear the brand as both the intended populist creators and the aesthetic-minded newer customer base of art handlers and athletes skateboarders interpret it.” He often wears basketball shorts, even in winter. (On Election Night last week, Fetterman’s three young children all wore hoodies and shorts to accompany him on stage.) He was also – confusingly, swaggering –appear to own a pair of Margiela side zippered boots, and there are many other subtleties to his life: his wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, is a classic lover with a personal style. interesting and House of the Fettermans . family As a former Chevy car dealership, they’ve converted into a funky red-brick loft. We all contain infinity.

It is also true to point out that John Fetterman was simply… dressed the way many people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere do every day. But this is also part of what makes him interesting—and even, by some accounts, win—the numbers are in Washington, where stalwart politicians rarely do anything that many Americans do every day. There’s a lot to consider elsewhere, here, about fashion’s ongoing obsession with workwear and standards, the way the powers see the working class, and the puzzle game. the still sticky political word of “roll up your sleeves” and leave the relationship. (In an average post Last year, Fetterman said he “[lacks] Roll up my sleeves is a political metaphor—all I ever wore was a short-sleeve business shirt because hard work is the only way to build our community strong.”) But in the meantime. waiting time, in Washington, that’s appropriate.


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