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.

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


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

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.

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.

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.


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

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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