Style Icon: Leo McGarry

Friday, March 5, 2010
There's a memorable scene in the very first episode of The West Wing when Josh and Sam both spot that the other has been wearing the same suit for two days. Things don't get much better as the series go on but then again it's probably fair to say that most of the characters have more important things on their minds, so I'm prepared to forgive Josh for ruining his suit with a scruffy backpack, or clipping a blackberry to his belt.

One man, however, manages to run the nation and still be superbly dressed almost all the time. Leo McGarry, we are told, wears Savile Row suits (although as far as I know we don't know specifically who his tailor is - do correct me if I'm wrong) and seems to have a vast range of them. He mostly wears double breasted suits, in a much wider range of colours and patterns than the plain blues and greys favoured by the rest of the West Wing staff.

He wisely wears braces instead of a belt, and generally opts for a pocket square, which is one of those incredibly easy additions that helps to lift him from looking like a middle-manager to the part as one of the most influential and respected men in the world.

Importantly, Leo's style is just one small facet of his character. He doesn't let his clothes become costume, or allow his preference for dressing nicely to overpower more important traits such as his intelligence or political ability.