FASHION SHOW

The RNC has been colorful–if you like wearing red, white, and blue (photos)

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

Cleveland

Visually, the crowd at the Republican National Convention is a sea of suits, ties, button-downs, sensible cocktail dresses, and high heels. The prevailing accessory is a lanyard with a dangling delegate credential. But not infrequently, emerging from the waves of sartorial boredom are people who came prepared to stand out: fearless, colorful gems.

Of course, you have to adhere to the theme at hand, otherwise your bold outfit would be simple showing off. Through your clothes, you are not only expressing your personality—you are representing your political views and loyalties.

The overwhelming color scheme is obvious: red, white, and blue. Stripes and stars are spangled on hats, blazers, pants and boots. They are screaming: This is America!

A+ coordination.
A+ coordination. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
The legs of a Texas delegate.
The legs of a Texas delegate. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
Pants?
Pants? (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
Guest of a Virginia delegate.
Guest of a Virginia delegate. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)

A print popular particularly among women proudly shows off party affiliation. GOP elephants march in neat rows on blouses, skirts and dresses.

Bonnie Sachs, delegate from Alabama.
Bonnie Sachs, delegate from Alabama. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)

As the candidate himself has repeated many times, this is Donald Trump’s convention.

Princess Trump.
Princess Trump. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
No 1. fan.
No 1. fan. (Tim Fernholz/Quartz)
It lights up, too!
It lights up, too! (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)

With people from all across the country mulling around, you want to show where you are from. Many Texas representatives are immediately recognizable by their shirts, emblazoned with the state’s lone star (as well as, naturally, cowboy hats and boots).

Texas delegate.
Texas delegate. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
Alaska pride on the floor.
Alaska pride on the floor. (Tim Fernholz/Quartz)

It’s hard to say whether cowboy hats or Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” caps are the most popular headwear, but hats are certainly a common accessory of choice (a noticeable number of men opt for preppy straw boater hats as well).

Nathan Dahlin, alternate delegate from Oregon.
Nathan Dahlin, alternate delegate from Oregon. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
The most popular hat by far, sported by Texas delegates.
Texas delegates. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
A sailor amid cowboys.
A sailor amid cowboys. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
Tiny hat!
Tiny hat! (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
Christina Strickan, daughter of a delegate.
Christina Strickan, daughter of a delegate. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)

And then there are those who don’t fit into any particular convention trend, unique even among other originals.

This man, unbelievably, was with the Washington DC delegation.
This man, unbelievably, was with the Washington DC delegation. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
A Romanian-American proud of his heritage.
A Romanian-American proud of his heritage. (Tim Fernholz/Quartz)
Mystery kilt man.
Mystery kilt man. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)
Comedian Eric Andre joined the sartorial fun.
Comedian Eric Andre joined the sartorial fun, mocking the prevailing color scheme. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)

Montana delegate Susan Campbell Reneau demonstrated her 360-degree skirt with a sweeping, square dance twirl. She loved the Washington state tree hat so much she decided to add it to her ensemble.

Susan Campbell Reneau, Montana delegate.

Susan Campbell Renau, Montana delegate.
Susan Campbell Renau, Montana delegate. (Hanna Kozlowska/Quartz)

Read more from Quartz on the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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