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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Accepts Offer of GQ Makeover After Wearing Purple Polo with Clip-On Bow Tie


Yesterday, Chris Armstrong tweeted this screencap of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), writing: "Bow ties with polo shirts on the House floor. God help us."

Dennis Tang at GQ's column 'The GQ Eye' seized on the post:

"Worst ever? Yeah, right, how bad could it possiblyyyyyeeesh, okay, yeah, now that I look at it. Definitely. Is that a purple golf polo? With a bow tie? Is that a clip-on?...Wow, a Democrat? Thanks, Obama. But anyway, Jared. It's fine. We can help. You should let us help you. Because seriously, forget immigration reform. Keep this up, and I'm going Ted Cruz 2016, straight up."

And Polis took him up on the offer, tweeting:

"Thank you @GQMagazine @GQFashion for the offer to help... I accept and am looking forward to the consultation!!"

(via politico)

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  1. I think it is an adorkable look. GQ will try to stuff him in a suit four sizes too small with a tie made of dental floss.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Feb 26, 2014 9:31:19 AM

  2. While that is most certainly NOT an adorable look, I agree with Quicksilver here that QC will have him looking like a Christmas ham in pantyhose.

    Posted by: Sam | Feb 26, 2014 9:37:39 AM

  3. I assume he went into the office that day not expecting to have to speak on the floor of the House. Grabbed a tie to meet the "decorum" expectation. Scared the horses, well, any who were watching C-Span...

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 26, 2014 9:42:44 AM

  4. I actually like bow ties... hopefully GQ will show him how to match and wear one correctly.

    I don't even know how you'd go about putting one on a Polo! Seems like they'd be too flimsy to hold it up.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 26, 2014 9:47:40 AM

  5. @SAM Read again. I said "adorkable" - like when some nerds make a cute attempt at fashion. Plus GQ would be all over Kanye West or whoever with Style of the Year awards if they wore that same look. GQ hasn't been relevant in 20 years.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Feb 26, 2014 9:50:50 AM

  6. I thought it was kinda cute. No it's not fashionable. Is he in Milan though?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 26, 2014 9:55:22 AM

  7. I feel like I'm in some twisted, Evil Alternate Universe version of Queer Eye.

    I think BobN has the right of it. House rules state that male members must be "properly" dressed any time they are in the chamber; that means tie and jacket. His would not be the first time that a member was forced to make some sartorial compromises to comply with the rules.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 26, 2014 9:57:31 AM

  8. They might consider involving a hair stylist as well.

    Posted by: mike | Feb 26, 2014 10:01:03 AM

  9. Keep keeping it real, Jared. :)

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 26, 2014 10:06:39 AM

  10. when i worked at dnr and women's wear daily, there were always designers dressing their models in off-beat, seemingly incongruous looks like polis'. if a designer had put this look on some pretty boy actor, the critics wouldn't be saying anything.

    Posted by: woody | Feb 26, 2014 10:07:24 AM

  11. The bow tie is fine.
    Just wear that.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 26, 2014 10:24:25 AM

  12. Well, to be fair, Colorado DID just legalize recreational use of pot. Maybe it just seemed like the cool choice at the time Polis was packing for his trip.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Feb 26, 2014 10:29:21 AM

  13. The late Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) wore a bow-tie all of the time.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Feb 26, 2014 10:37:40 AM

  14. maybe he saw Glee last night where Blaine wore a bow tie with a polo & that's where he got the idea? except with Blaine all you could look at was how snug the polo fit. no one probably saw the bow time...

    Posted by: mike/ | Feb 26, 2014 10:43:49 AM

  15. He looks like some sort of hipster waiter.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 26, 2014 10:50:56 AM

  16. I have a feeling GQ fashionistas are smart and talented enough to give him a look that would be appropriate for his occupation and personality.

    Posted by: fanboi | Feb 26, 2014 11:18:07 AM

  17. Thank you GQ. Now please head on over to my place.

    Posted by: Jude | Feb 26, 2014 11:28:26 AM

  18. I like it. It's a cute look. GQ's only saying that because polis isn't youngish and modelish.

    Posted by: duckie | Feb 26, 2014 11:37:01 AM

  19. GQ is still around? People still read it? It's still relevant? Pfffttt.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Feb 26, 2014 12:09:19 PM

  20. @Sean

    You mean Esquire; because so many lawyers add that title to their name now -_-.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 26, 2014 12:44:28 PM

  21. Reminiscent of the 1960's when male college students had to wear ties in the dining hall.

    Posted by: Fester | Feb 26, 2014 1:06:51 PM

  22. He's adorable. Can't wait to see the result. Hopefully, not a skinny suit!

    Posted by: Dattexas | Feb 26, 2014 2:15:51 PM

  23. Jared is a good dude, a handsome fellow, distinguished and charming, and also of a certain age. He's no twink, and should not be ask to dress like one.

    I'm no sartorial expert, but I'd tell Jared to just keep an extra full suit in a convenient spot nearish to the capital for him to slip on when he has to make an appearance. I don't see why he shouldn't otherwise get to wear polos as he wishes to stay comfortable. That said, maybe GQ will have some suggestions for crossover wear?? GQ is ok, and as adorkable as Jared is, he can use their help here.

    I don't mind the possibility that a stylish straight guy or two might be on the team advising Jared on his looks. Queer Eye was too much pure stereotype for me. By contrast, I admire Jared's more visionary make-it-happen real-life approach to life.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Feb 26, 2014 2:42:16 PM

  24. I can't stand GQ magazine. As someone noted above, they put every model in a suit several sizes too small and call it "fashion". Plus they fawn over clothes that look like they came of the rack from any store, as long as it has a designer label and costs over $500. I'd say the worse part is that the magazine now suffers from "Vogue-itis", and is now 50% comprised of advertisements.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 26, 2014 5:41:05 PM

  25. We can't help him, he's too much a mess.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 26, 2014 7:25:17 PM

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