By now, you probably have an idea of Jeremy Corbyn’s political beliefs: more allotments, rent controls (hear hear!) and a free musical instrument for every child. That about covers it, doesn't it?
What you might not know, however, is that Corbyn also has some pretty strong views when it comes to his personal style.
Just this week, Corbyn sat on the front bench of the Commons for the first time where, in marked contrast to David Cameron who looked like an over-inflated balloon tethered to a neck tie, Corbyn’s crumpled soft-shouldered blazer; slightly loosened, oversized shirt collar and elegantly contrasting tie had something of the disheveled Bloomsbury poet about it – and if you saw this season’s Burberry Prorsum show, you’d know that right now it’s all about disheveled Bloomsbury poets.
Here, we give you six more reasons why Corbyn is the most on-the-pulse politician of the moment.
1 | He can do tone-on-tone
Greige-on-Greige has never looked so good. Teaming a plain blouson with a shirt in a slightly darker version of the same shade may not seem like much of a style statement, but you need only look to Prada’s Autumn Winter ’15 collection – which featured shirt jackets, blousons and shirts worn together in tonal hues – to see that Corbyn is in fact, right on the money.
2 | His facial hair is bang on
The big bushy lumberjack beard is well and truly out. The thing is, we’re not quite ready to embrace the shiny close shaved look proponed by the likes of Cameron either. Corbyn, naturally, has got it spot on. His slightly scruffy stubble looks insouciant and understated – and like he cares more about the issues of the day than the state of his face, which can only be a good thing.
3 | No one wears soft tailoring better
Right now, if the likes of Giorgio Armani, Brunello Cucinelli and Hermes are to be believed, it’s all about softly tailored suiting with slouchy shoulders and slightly wider legs. Enter Captain Corbyn. The man is a wizard with a soft-shouldered suit jackets, and his way with a just-baggy-enough two-piece suit is second to none.
4 | He gets layering
A multifaceted statesman needs a multifaceted wardrobe – something Corbyn is clearly fully aware of. There are shirts and jackets, sure, but beneath, peeking out defiantly, a crisp white tee bides its time. One day, when the stuffy necktie devotees have finally been wrenched from their housing, parliament will be awash with crew necks, and every day will be casual Friday.
5 | He’s mastered the shacket
Alfred Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Giorgio Armani: name any big designer and it’s a safe bet they’ve made a shirt-jacket (or, ‘shacket’) this season. Pioneers, all of them. But wait, what’s this? A picture of Jeremy Corbyn wearing one almost 25 years ago? Stuff the socialist revolution, get him to the British Fashion Council.
6 | He’s not afraid to wear colour
For most men, ‘colour’ is too broad a term to conceive. "It’s all about colour this season, daaaarlink!" they say, but which ones? And how does one wear them together? Once again, Corbyn’s got it sussed. ‘All colours are born equal, and should be considered equal’ he says, which is why he embraces them all, including, when the situation calls for it, emerald green.