Scandal, House of Cards, VEEPWashington D.C.'s elite showed off its finest formal wear at President Obama's state dinner for France's President François Hollande this week. Obama himself clung to tradition in a black tuxedo, while the First Lady opted for a custom-made Carolina Herrera gown. Vice President Joe Biden ditched his usual oversized navy-blue-suit look in favor of a slim-cut tux, and even Representative Paul Ryan found a midnight-blue number that showed off his enviable physique.
But any New Yorker who has taken the Amtrak to the nation's capital knows that Tuesday's display was little more than an anomaly, fashion-wise. Generally speaking, America's political class dresses to underwhelm. Take, for instance, last month's State of the Union. House Speaker John Boehner's mint green, leprechaun-esque tie was almost as offensive as his blatant nose-blowing. Michele Bachmann's clingy black dress, with what looked like leather accents and cheap silver jewelry, was borderline inappropriate. AndRead More »from How "House of Cards" and "Scandal" Solve D.C.'s Bad-Fashion Problem