Designer: John McCain is selling himself short

Beverly Hills-based fashion designer to the not-so-tall stars Jimmy Au laid this news release on me today:

Regardless of what we’d like to view of ourselves or how objective we strive to be, there is no denying that societies decisions are largely skewed by appearance. People tend to opt for the more “attractive” option even when attractiveness has no relation to the decision they are making and for years the media and society has sent the message that a tall man is attractive.

Not since President McKinley elected in 1897 has there been a President in The White House who has stood under 5’8”. McCain at 5’7” is against the odds especially when compared to Obama 6’3” (?). If McCain is to win the hearts and minds of the nation he needs to do everything he can to walk tall, but in actual fact he’s doing a lot to sell himself short.

World renowned short men’s designer Jimmy Au, who was tapped to create the short collections for Calvin Klein, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Sean John and Michael Kors and who runs America’s only short men’s designer store, Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8” and Under, in Beverly Hills, has some style pointers to demonstrate how McCain is failing to be all he can be.

And did the release include some of those pointers? You betcha!

“All of John McCain’s shirts are too big. The shoulders are too wide, the body is too big and the sleeves are too full. It makes him look smaller and sickly like he’s lost too much weight. Most of his shirts fit like this.”

“John’s McCain’s jackets tend to be too big. It’s unlikely because he needs it for his gut. They’re just poor choices. The shoulders are too big and the sleeves are way too long. Look at how his sleeves are folded just to have it at the right length.”

“John McCain’s suit size is too big. The shoulders are too wide, making him look smaller. His sweaters make him look like a grandfather, not a presidential candidate. He can do that if and after he wins the White House. The sweater says I need to keep my old bones warm, even in the dead heat of summer. If he’s truly in need of a little warmth, a 3 piece suit would be a better choice. He can stay warm and still look more presidential. A vest is a much better option.”

And, my favorite…

“John McCain can also find better fitting casual wear that won’t make him look so wide. McCain needs to dress sharper always, not because he’s the shorter candidate, but because he has a beautiful slender wife. Until he dresses better, she steals every shot they are in together. He’s not taking advantage of how beautiful his wife looks by dressing better. They should look like the first couple already. She already looks like the first lady.”

A tough assessment by the fashion police. Will McCain find threads better suited to his stature? Only time will tell…

UPDATE @ 7:04 P.M. TUESDAY — Lest y’all think Mr. Au is picking on McCain because all LA-couturists are Democrats, a quick glance through a few campaign-finance databases shows he has made only a few contributions over the years: $850 to Matt Fong, the Republican former state Treasurer who ran against Barbara Boxer for the U.S. Senate in 1998, and $100 to one of former Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer‘s campaign accounts in 2000. I don’t see any contributions in this year’s presidential race, other than this contribution of his fashion expertise.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.