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David Jolly campaign rocked by Shoe-Gate

Fashion faux pas?

Dirk Shadd

Fashion faux pas?



Anyone who knows us Buzz correspondents, understands that fashion and style are not exactly our areas of expertise. Still, our curiosity was piqued when we heard several people scoff at congressional candidate David Jolly for wearing light brown wing tip shoes with his dark pinstripe suiting during last week's televised Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 congressional district 13 debate.

Was the Republican nominee guilty of a high profile fashion faux pas? Jolly dresses - dare, we say it? - like a well heeled lobbyist with expensive-looking shoes, cufflinks, perfectly tied ties, so that didn't sound right.

So we ran the Fashion Don't allegation by Miami-based political operative and style maven Roger Stone. His take? Jolly's shoes were A OK. (Although, Stone prefers cuffs on suit pants, so a miss there.)

"Light brown shoes with a dark suit is a look very much favored in Italy and is perfectly acceptable," Stone offered. "Perhaps it was a subtle attempt to grab the Italian vote."

Team Jolly wanted nothing to do with this line of questioning.

"That is a ridiculous question and I can't believe people actually have commented on this.  David is not on E!. We don't discuss his clothing or shoes," sniffed campaign spokeswoman Sarah Bascom.

Bascom happens to be Jolly's cousin, and couldn't resist adding: "He has always been a nice dresser, it runs in the family. :)."

She declined to reveal what brand of leather wing tip Jolly was sporting the other day, which presumably means his shoes are embarrassingly expensive.


[Last modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 4:16pm]


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