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

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Susan Campbell Renau, Montana delegate.
By Hanna Kozlowska
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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!

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A+ coordination.
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The legs of a Texas delegate.
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Pants?
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Guest of a Virginia delegate.

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

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Bonnie Sachs, delegate from Alabama.

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

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Princess Trump.
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No 1. fan.
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It lights up, too!

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).

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Texas delegate.
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Alaska pride on the floor.

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).

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Nathan Dahlin, alternate delegate from Oregon.
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Texas delegates.
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A sailor amid cowboys.
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Tiny hat!
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Christina Strickan, daughter of a delegate.

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

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This man, unbelievably, was with the Washington DC delegation.
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A Romanian-American proud of his heritage.
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Mystery kilt man.
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Comedian Eric Andre joined the sartorial fun, mocking the prevailing color scheme.

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.

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Susan Campbell Renau, Montana delegate.

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