Mitt Romney Changes To Shirt And Tie For The Big Race

Gone with Rick Santorum are the regular-guy jeans. Obama also started wearing a tie for the general election in 2008. Here’s Romney before, and after.

Known in 2008 for his literally buttoned-down style, Mitt Romney famously ditched the suit and tie for the Republican primary this time around. His populist look? Dark, straight jeans, brown loafers, and a tucked-in shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

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Romney talks with members of his staff aboard his campaign plane enroute to Elko, Nevada on February 3, 2012.

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Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

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Romney greets people during a campaign stop at a Cousins Subs fast food restaurant, in Waukesha, Wis., Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

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When it was cold outside, he would add a sporty, black jacket to the ensemble…

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Romney speaks about energy during a campaign stop in Tunkhannock, Pa.., Thursday, April 5, 2012.

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And for fancier events, he’d dress up the outfit with a blazer:

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Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.

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But generally, Romney stuck to the uniform throughout the primary.

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Romney greets supporters during a pancake brunch at Bluemound Gardens on April 1, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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But once Romney became the presumtive nominee, he immediately began upping his sartorial game, appearing in public several times over the past week wearing a necktie.

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Romney at a picnic “roundtable” today in Pennsylvania. Pic via @EmilyABC.

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Romney speaks during a campaign stop at Alpha Graphics in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Romney speaks at the spring reception for the Republican Committee of Chester County Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Mendenhall, Pa.

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Romney speaks during the Tri-State Tax Day Tea Summit April 16, 2012 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

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McKay Coppins is a senior writer for the BuzzFeed News politics team, and the author of a forthcoming book, The Wildnerness, about the battle over the future of the Republican Party.
Contact McKay Coppins at mckay@buzzfeed.com.

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