During his first six weeks in office, Pritzker’s appointment calendar includes 70 “attire” recommendations for events as varied as bill signings, a state police officer’s funeral, a White House dinner, surveying flood damage, and cocktails with legislators at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion.
Pritzker, among the nation’s 400 richest people, needs sartorial suggestions?
He’s not alone. Joseph Rosenfeld, a fashion and personal style strategist in New York who’s from the Illinois city of Buffalo Grove, maps out wardrobes with all his C-Suite executives. “It comes back to one basic premise: relatability,” he said.
Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said staff members get suggestions from organizers of the governor’s events, but the governor ultimately decides what to wear.
Fifty-five of the recommendations on the calendar, disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, were simply, “Business: suit and tie.” Khakis, “button-down and pullover,” and “polo with Columbia jacket” also make the mix. The Democrat was advised to forgo neckwear when he hosted dinner for union leaders, but “Bring extra tie options” was the note on Feb. 9, the day of his official portrait.
Despite his girth, Pritzker keeps his ties at a proper length, avoiding the long necktie look that President Donald Trump favors.
Despite his girth?
* I checked with a pal who worked for Gov. Rauner to see if they ever recommended attire…
Yes, we had a dress code… so we would just put business casual, formal, no tie, casual, and if there was a specific thing like a color for an ethnic event, we would note that too.
He also ignored it half the time.
I mean, do you honestly think our team would have told him to wear some of that God-awful [stuff] he wore?
Heh. True. The dude was often inappropriately attired. And he occasionally caught heck for it.
* This may be a revelation to the average person, but all advance teams do a version of this. Advance teams, by definition, make sure that their principals are as prepared for an event as much as an event is prepared for their principals. It’s pretty simple and basic, really. Normal, even.
But, this’ll probably stick because it’s an easy way to make fun of the governor. He actually has to be told what to wear? Really?!
Such is life. He wanted the job. And when you put these suggestions into a FOIA-able document, this can happen.