Republican National Convention brings in delegates, political officials of all types
The Republican National Convention is filled with all sorts of characters, each with their own flavor and flare, from the well-tailored suit to the wacky costumes. One of my favorite pastimes of the RNC has just been to people watch.
There are so many polarizing personalities here—protestors and delegates—and each display weird little quirks.
The Texas delegation wore cowboy hats and pale blue linen shirts to differentiate themselves. Pins, stickers and signatures decorate some of the hats. “Don’t Mess with Texas” was proudly displayed in sticker form on many of their hats and on others signatures from the Bushes are the main decorative item.
While I was sitting in our hotel n downtown Tampa, Fla., which houses delegates from Massachusetts, I saw a gentleman with a colonial three-corner hat lined with gold fabric and a lady walking around with a stuffed teddy bear dressed in an American Revolution outfit. Another lady sitting at the bar had a louder accessory with her, a poodle.
Arizona delegates had gold pins in the shape of their state. Puerto Rico showed up in black jackets and straw hats. Another lady had a “Don’t tread on me flag” wrapped around her like a cape. American flag shirts. Hawaiian shirts. Buttons supporting Romney and buttons from past Republican campaigns.
Walking about the Republican delegates, it’s a sea of ornate pearl jewelry, skinny stilettos, high end suits and piercing blue and red ties that pop off the white linen shirts. The patent leather dress shoes are shined. The suits and shirts ironed. The hair is big and plastered into place by hairspray.
Among the protestors, it’s another story. Tattoos and gauges. Dreads and beards. One protestor at a rally held by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign wore a black rain boot as a hat.
Just as the political views cover every spectrum, so do the fashions of the RNC.