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Monday, Mar 25, 2019

* AP

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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

25 Comments
  1. - PJ - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:08 am:

    some really hard-hitting journalism from the AP here


  2. - Hal - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    Half the guys making fun of him probably wear brown shoes with their black pants.

    He’d be roasted the first time he wears the wrong color somewhere that someone deems offensive to their culture. I’m glad he can avoid those issues and just try to govern, even if I didn’t vote for him.


  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:14 am:

    In this case, I suspect a fashion-conscious reporter was scratching for a story to feed the elephant.


  4. - OutHereInTheMiddle - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    I’ve been baffled by how many news outlets picked this up. How is this news? You might assume business attire but the advance & scheduling people are not doing their job if they don’t tell their boss times when ditching the tie is more appropriate.


  5. - Montrose - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    Could someone do this for me? I hate trying to figure out what is appropriate to wear. Maybe I’ll contract with Pritzker’s staff.


  6. - HL Mencken - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    I am old enough to remember when President’s wearing brown or khaki suits sent the Washington press corp. into extreme dudgeon.


  7. - Girth O'Connor - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    Physician, heal thyself.

    http://prev.dailyherald.com/story/image/?image=295887&id=391997#


  8. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    Meh. This is a whole lot of nothing.


  9. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:23 am:

    Is this really a thing? I agree that it’d be nice to have a full time fashion person. One less thing to worry about.


  10. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:23 am:

    ===needs sartorial suggestions?===

    Yeah, it’s called being a guy. Many of us are style-challenged. Think old guy mowing his yard in Bermuda shorts and black dress socks…


  11. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:29 am:

    [stuff]. Yeah. Stuff.

    I am also stylistically challenged. I only want my governor to look like… you know… a governor. Not one of the Village People.


  12. - RWP - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    What are you supposed to wear with Bermuda shorts?


  13. - A guy - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:31 am:

    How in the world does this make him different than any other guy who prefers a little advice before being sent back to his 2000 square foot closet and told to change cloths?

    Even a regular closet actually. Guys notoriously need input on what to wear. You can tell who gets it and who doesn’t. He’s not a GQ model and he’s doing just fine on the apparel front for a full-figured guy IMHO.


  14. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:32 am:

    ===He also ignored it half the time.===

    It’s really interesting from a human behavior standpoint to witness what Rauner thought was ‘relatable’ vs. his staff’s recommendations. He was his own guy but not in an endearing way.


  15. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:35 am:

    If I’d been Rauner’s wardrobe guy I’d have quit very early on.


  16. - Anon E Moose - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:41 am:

    tan suit


  17. - A guy - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    ==If I’d been Rauner’s wardrobe guy I’d have quit very early on.==

    Or gone on the Shopping Spree of your dreams.


  18. - Chunga - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 10:45 am:

    Considering the last Governor and his multi pinned leather vest and starched creased Carhartt’s-
    This is small potatoes.


  19. - Bourbon Street - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:19 am:

    @RWP. When I was in Bermuda in September a few years ago, the local businessmen wore their khaki Bermuda shorts with blue blazers, dark knee socks, and wingtips (I kid you not). I would not suggest that look to any man that I care about.


  20. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 11:23 am:

    If you don’t ask “What should I wear?” before attending someone’s event (and respect the responses), you aren’t doing it right.


  21. - Hamilton - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 1:47 pm:

    ummm….Rauner went so far as switching from belt buckle to suit and tie between meetings during the day, depending on who was stopping by.


  22. - Working at Starbucks - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 2:25 pm:

    To see Rauner’s choices in full view, why don’t you look at his “official” portrait. The tie has flying fish on it.


  23. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    ===Rauner went so far as switching from belt buckle to suit and tie between meetings===

    I saw a similar thing happen in 2015.


  24. - Rurus - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 6:43 am:

    Someday we will be concerned with what people do, not what people wear.


  25. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 8:02 am:

    –Someday we will be concerned with what people do, not what people wear.–

    harrumph-harrumph


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