British Ambassador Offers Fashion Advice for World Leaders

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Oxfam protesters depict the leaders of the G8 countries on a golf course in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on June 18, 2013.

“If you want real inspiration and real direction in terms of what to wear, you turn to the world’s political leaders,” British Ambassador Peter Westmacott said last night at a party celebrating the British fashion industry.

Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, and Reggie Love, President Barack Obama’s former personal aide, laughed along as Westamacott offered a tongue-in-cheek tutorial based on the fashion faux pas of world leaders including Obama. Reps from Turnbull & Asser, Stella McCartney and Burberry also attended the party at Westmacott’s residence on Washington’s Embassy Row.


  • The waist on your jeans should be as high as possible.
  • Stand out from the crowd, so you don’t look the same as everyone else  in the G-8 Summit group photo.
  • Keep your wardrobe current. You’ve got to look cool when you’re hanging out with the president at Camp David.
  • Always dress appropriately for the occasion, especially when you might be called upon to play ping-pong or shoot hoops on a state visit.
  • If you’ve got it, flaunt it, like Vladimir Putin who is famous for showing off his shirtless torso.
As for his own style, Westmacott proved his bona fides recently by tweeting a photo of himself in his favorite bright red socks and British brogues.

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