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Everyone's Talking About Nick Clegg's Trousers

Mr Clegg, are you wearing jeans or trousers?

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The Liberal Democrats are proud of their traditions, so once again, at the party's final conference before the general election, their leader took to the stage to respond to some serious questions on policy from the audience.

Except all anyone could talk about was his clothes.

NICK CLEGG IS WEARING JEANS AND A SHIRT. WHERE IS HIS SUIT? #ldconf14

Siraj Datoo@datsFollow

NICK CLEGG IS WEARING JEANS AND A SHIRT. WHERE IS HIS SUIT? #ldconf14

3:01 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Here he is from another angle.

The Clegg casual wear, different from this morning's garb. So, he has changed but not into a suit

James Forsyth@JGForsythFollow

The Clegg casual wear, different from this morning's garb. So, he has changed but not into a suit

3:07 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And suddenly, Britain's elite journalists, many of whom had travelled to Glasgow specially for the conference, became fashion commentators.

Clegg in jeans and blue shirt appears to be modelling clothes from 1980s' C&A catalogue

Jason Beattie@JBeattieMirrorFollow

Clegg in jeans and blue shirt appears to be modelling clothes from 1980s' C&A catalogue

3:04 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There were important questions raised about his style decisions. I mean, brown shoes with a black shirt. He should know better.

Is Nick Clegg wearing a black shirt with brown shoes? No wonder they're at 6% in the polls #ldconf

General Boles@GeneralBolesFollow

Is Nick Clegg wearing a black shirt with brown shoes? No wonder they're at 6% in the polls #ldconf

3:09 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And really, there wasn't any support for Clegg's casual look.

Nick Clegg's look today is a bit "off duty priest"

Jess Brammar@jessbrammarFollow

Nick Clegg's look today is a bit "off duty priest"

3:20 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Although there were good suggestions for what he could use his outfit for after the general election.

Clegg goes for open neck black shirt for conference speech. Looks like he works in a night club.

Alex Deane@ajcdeaneFollow

Clegg goes for open neck black shirt for conference speech. Looks like he works in a night club.

3:20 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Maybe the look would work if he could go back in time...

Clegg in jeans and blue shirt appears to be modelling clothes from 1980s' C&A catalogue

Jason Beattie@JBeattieMirrorFollow

Clegg in jeans and blue shirt appears to be modelling clothes from 1980s' C&A catalogue

3:04 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But let's put serious questions to the fore. What does it mean that he WASN'T WEARING A TIE?!

Clegg not wearing a tie for this Q&A... LEADERSHIP BID KLAXON!...[now w/ added pic for extra excitement]

Paul Waugh@paulwaughFollow

Clegg not wearing a tie for this Q&A... LEADERSHIP BID KLAXON!...[now w/ added pic for extra excitement]

3:11 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's actually a trend. Chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander and Lib Dem president Tim Farron also appeared at the conference without ties.

But people weren't impressed by Alexander's no-tie look either.

Seriously, whoever told Danny Alexander “no-tie” was a good idea should hand in his conference pass. #libdem14

Mikey Smith@mikeysmithFollow

Seriously, whoever told Danny Alexander “no-tie” was a good idea should hand in his conference pass. #libdem14

5:23 PM - 05 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nope, not a good look.

Danny Alexander looks even more lightweight with no tie and jacket on. Likes he's just wandered on stage. #FibDems

Dan Lodge@DanLodgeFollow

Danny Alexander looks even more lightweight with no tie and jacket on. Likes he's just wandered on stage. #FibDems

2:41 PM - 05 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Just...nope.

Good old Danny Alexander. Speech in shirtsleeves with no tie at Lib Dems today looked as though had stayed out all night at a Glasgow casino

Iain Martin@iainmartin1Follow

Good old Danny Alexander. Speech in shirtsleeves with no tie at Lib Dems today looked as though had stayed out all night at a Glasgow casino

10:12 PM - 05 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But wait, *PLOT TWIST*. Nick Clegg wasn't wearing jeans, he was wearing chinos. Apparently.

BREAKING: Senior Lib Dem sources tell me: "They are chinos, not jeans." #ldconf

Matt Chorley@MattChorleyFollow

BREAKING: Senior Lib Dem sources tell me: "They are chinos, not jeans." #ldconf

3:34 PM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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