City Paper is not for tourists
This year’s mayoral contest might have seemed to be about dichotomies: black, white; straight, gay; Democrat, independent; woman, man. But on one key matter, the leading mayoral candidates could not be separated: In the contest for best style, David Catania and Muriel Bowser emerged as co-winners. American politicians would do well to follow the example of Bowser, who smartly accessorized her dark suits with the palest of pink tops and those grapefruit-sized Carrie Bradshaw flower pins just now creeping back into style. Her primary election day ensemble (oversized gray sweater coat, yellow baubles, and a dash of what used to be called Fenty green but should probably now be renamed for Bowser in a scarf) and occasionally bold choices (a sleeveless top with a pearl-encrusted Peter Pan collar) gave an aura of professionalism while providing a little humanity, something that occasionally seemed lacking from Bowser’s ultra-careful campaign. Catania gave her a strong sartorial run for the money with masterfully fitting V-neck sweaters, crisp Lacoste polos, and intelligent color stories. (His best choice? Picking baby blue for his campaign signs—perhaps not coincidentally the color of his eyes.) Catania deftly mixed patterns on the campaign trail, pairing a vermillion patterned tie with a blue and white striped shirt and a blue-on-blue shirt and tie combo with a charcoal suit that fit like a French president’s. His tailor should be kept on permanent retainer for all of the D.C. Council’s male members. Take note, Congress: This is how campaign dressing is done.