NDP Leadership Convention Style: What The Candidates' Outfits Say About Them (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada     First Posted: 03/23/2012 5:51 pm   Updated: 03/24/2012 10:26 pm

Fashion and politics go hand in hand. What a candidate or leader wears can heavily influence how we feel about them.

Just look at these memorable fashion moments in Canadian political history. Had we known what some of our leaders (or politico famous faces) would pull from their wardrobes after being elected, do you think we'd still have voted them in to office? Perhaps not.

The fact remains: What someone wears is key to getting elected or staying in office.

So as we wrap up day one of the NDP Leadership Convention in Toronto, we thought we'd play a little game of wardrobe analysis with the seven leadership hopefuls.

Who is the most confident, polished and collected going into the final moments of voting? Or at least, who looks the part? We asked Christie Ressel, an international image consultant and founder of Personal Power Image Consulting, for her opinions on what the candidates' outfits reveal about them.

Check our her analysis below. And let us know what you think on @HuffPostCaStyle or in the comments below.

Niki Ashton
1  of  8
PLAY
FULLSCREEN
ZOOM
SHARE THIS SLIDE 
"I love that Ashton has a blue strip running down her jacket. I think it's a great change from the normal [suit] and adds a needed punch of colour to her outfit," says Ressel. The only thing wrong with this look? "I do wish her shirt wasn't buttoned too tightly at her neck -- it makes her look a bit stuffy and doesn't suit the direction the edgier jacket is pulling her in." To fix the wardrobe misstep, Ressel would have given Ashton a shirt with a more open collar. This would have made her appear more "relaxed and approachable while still looking professional." Ressel also feels this candidate could update her accessories: "Her glasses I think are a bit heavy on her petite frame. I would have loved to see some metal frames in black and a dash of colour to really give her the edge I think she's striving for."



(NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton waves on stage during the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)
RATE IT!   |  
VOTE
CURRENT TOP 5 PICK YOUR OWN TOP 5
USERS WHO VOTED
NEW! CREATE YOUR OWN SLIDESHOW

FOLLOW HUFFPOST CANADA STYLE