The New York Times is out with its list of the 93 “most stylish” people of the year, and there were some interesting choices.
The Times explained, “High and low. Fun and serious. Curious and open-minded. Reveling in characters. Appreciating the material world. Inviting everyone to the party. All of these are ways that The Times’s Styles desk defines its approach to whom and what it covers.”
“Equal parts stylish and Styles-ish, the ‘people’ on this list — who are presented in no particular order — include politicians and celebrities and athletes and influencers and fictional characters from TV and film,” it continued. “Some of them appeared in the Styles section this year. Others simply captured our attention.”
Finally, the paper added, “Love them or hate them, all have at least one thing in common. At some point over the past 12 months, they made us talk: about how we dress, how we live and how we choose to express ourselves. We welcome dissent. But we are, without a doubt, correct.”
One of those listed included rapper Lizzo. The Times noted, “When the singer wasn’t pulling out a flute on red carpets, she was playing a crystal one made for President James Madison in 1813 — and designing (and modeling) a new shapewear collection, Yitty.”
Please do not make us relive the great Lizzo-flute controversy of 2022.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) also made the list as the Times stated, “The Massachusetts congresswoman, who has alopecia and has worn her bare scalp with aplomb, this year co-sponsored the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), legislation that seeks to reframe the politics around everyone’s ‘crowning glory.'”
One interesting pick for the list is Senator-elect John Fetterman (D-Penn.).
The incoming senator received one line in the list which declared he is “is going to bring Carhartt to the Capitol.”
Fetterman was known for forgoing a suit and tie and wearing shorts and a hoodie during campaign events.
However, he was seen wearing a suit and tie during his first day at the Capitol following the election. And The Daily Mail notes there is a dress code that requires male senators to wear a jacket and a tie.
There is not anything too fashionable about shorts and a hoodie. However, Fetterman’s clothing choice certainly did spark a lot of conversation during the campaign, which might be why he was included on the list.
But not mentioned by the Times is that while Fetterman probably does physically feel more comfortable in that outfit, his clothing choice is also an attempt to give off a working-class vibe while he ran against a celebrity doctor who reportedly owns 10 homes.
However, the senator-elect’s everyman image is not exactly authentic. He has admitted to having a “cushy” childhood and receiving financial support from his wealthy parents.
Fetterman graduated from Harvard, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that “for a long stretch lasting well into his 40s, his main source of income came from his parents, who gave him and his family $54,000 in 2015 alone.”
“That was part of the financial support his parents regularly provided when Fetterman’s only paying work was $150 a month as mayor of Braddock, a job he held from his mid-30s until he turned 49. Partway through his tenure, in 2013, he moved to an industrial-style loft he purchased from his sister for $1 after she paid $70,000 for it six years earlier,” it added.
So yes, Fetterman’s style did create a lot of conversation. But should wearing hoodies and shorts as a political strategy qualify someone as one of the most stylish people of the year?