A first look at the style of Canada’s PM-designate Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau and his family arrive to vote at a polling station in Montreal on Monday.(Sean Kilpatrick / Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau, in a flowing white ensemble paired with strappy black mandals, and wife Sophie Gregoire, in a navy blue jumpsuit, at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2012.(Jemal Countess / Getty Images)
Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, on Tuesday after his Liberal Party prevailed in Canada’s general election.(Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
In 1980, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, a style icon in his own right, takes 8-year-old Justin by the hand during a trip to Venice.(Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau leaves a polling station with his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and children, from left, Hadrien, Xavier and Ella-Grace, after voting in the federal election on Monday in Montreal.(Adrian Wyld / Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau’s penchant for a chunky neck knot was on display during an October 2013 visit to Washington, D.C.(Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)
Justin Trudeau picks pumpkins with his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and children Xavier, from left, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, in Gatineau, Quebec.(Paul Chiasson / Associated Press)
Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, center, clowns with campaign team members Tommy Desfosses, left, and Adam Scotti on Monday.(Andy Blatchford / Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau waves with his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, at the Liberal Party headquarters in Montreal.(Paul Chiasson / Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau walks from Parliament in Ottawa on Oct. 20, 2015.(Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, serve baklava to supporters during a campaign stop at a Greek restaurant in Laval, Canada.(Paul Chiasson / Associated Press)
Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau speaks during the rally to celebrate his party’s majority victory in Canada’s election on Tuesday.(Chris Roussakis / EPA)
Sophie Gregoire, wife of Justin Trudeau, shown with daughter Ella-Grace, center, and son Hadrien on Oct. 19, 2015, has her own style credentials, having been a personal shopper at Holt Renfrew, a TV announcer and even modeling in a charity runway show.(Paul Chiasson / AFP/Getty Images)
Xavier Trudeau covers his eyes as his parents, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire, watch election results at a Montreal hotel on Oct. 19, 2015.(Paul Chiasson / Canadian Press via AP)
Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau leaves his first news conference since winning the election on Oct. 20, 2015, in Ottawa(Sean Kilpatrick / Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau stops for a photo with supporters during a rally on Saturday in Halifax, Canada.(Paul Chiasson / Associated Press)
Justin Trudeau jokes around with the woman whose picture is on the side of his campaign bus during an event in Amherst, Canada.(Jonathan Hayward / Associated Press)
Our neighbor to the north, caricatured by jokes about toques and poutine, now has a freshly minted style icon in the form of Justin Trudeau, 43, who will be the country’s first new leader in nearly a decade.
Although the fashion and style of Canada’s new first couple – Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau – has been discussed, dissected and photo-galleried over the years in that country, down here not so much. Here are a few quick things to know about the fashion-ascendant PM-designate:
It’s in his genes
If Trudeau’s name sounds familiar it could be you’re confusing him with the “Doonesbury” cartoonist (that’s Garry) or, more likely, the PM-designate’s father, the late Pierre Trudeau, who twice served as Canada’s prime minister (from 1968 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1984) and who, for many, stands as the county’s first stylish PM: a guy who looked just as rakish in a peak-lapel tuxedo as he did in a wide-collared paisley shirt with matching ascot.
It’s a package deal
But Trudeau the younger didn’t just inherit a sense of style – he seems to have married style as well; wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is model-beautiful, has worked in television and in fashion -- as a personal shopper at Holt Renfrew -- and even took a spin down the catwalk at a Heart & Stroke Foundation charity runway show.
Blue button-fronts and bouncin’ and behavin’ hair
A quick speed through decades of photo galleries dedicated to Justin Trudeau turns up a couple of common threads to his look. He seems to have a love of blue, button-front dress shirts, favors a wide collar spread (which provides a good counterpoint to the size of his head), spends a lot of time with his shirtsleeves rolled up (good to telegraph a man-of-the-people vibe) and wears neckties that have substance to them (including a handful of purple ones). Although it’s a good deal shorter now, he seems to have worn his hair a bit on the shaggier side for a good deal of his life. (Also, in younger photos, he looks strikingly like designer Zac Posen with a smidgen of Matthew McConaughey thrown in for good measure.)
He’s not afraid to try – and fail
But the most important takeaway from all those photo galleries that chronicle Justin Trudeau’s look over the years -- from different styles of facial hair (including a regrettable batwing mustache) to cowboy hats to a flowing, all-white, straight-outta-the-ashram outfit paired with black strappy mandals -– is that he never seemed to be afraid to try something new and different, discard what doesn’t work and reinvent himself wardrobe-wise. And that counts for a lot.
Don’t believe me? Just look at one of our own politicians, Donald Trump. The Republican candidate may have been married three times, but he has stayed stubbornly wedded to a hairstyle that he probably first combed into place before Trudeau was born and has been wearing like a helmet of intractability ever since.
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