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.
"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)
"This is a great clean corporate look -- very appropriate for this convention situation," says Ressel. "While I do think the colour of the suit and shirt are great choices for the occasion -- because of the scale of the crowd -- I wish it was paired with a brighter tie to create a more "powerhouse" look. Red would have been the perfect colour for this occasion." And red, as well all know, is a colour that screams, "I'm your leader." The only other concern with this outfit? The size of Cullen's clothing. "The jacket is also a little bit big for him in the shoulders, so a more tailored jacket would have given him that extra polish to really make him look amazing." (NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen speaks on stage during the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)
Ressel began her wardrobe dissection of Dewar by admitting she loved his look. Why? The charcoal suit and its well-tailored cut were perfect for his body shape and showed he pays attention to his image (an important quality in a leader). She also loved his tie. "I love that he also has a purple tie and one that's patterned -- it added something different to his outfit." The only caveat to her compliments for Dewar? "I wish he would have put a crisp white shirt on underneath his jacket instead of the light violet. It would have created more of a contrast in his appearance and, again, would have helped him standout on such an important occasion. This is an event where you really want to make an impact -- standing out is important." (NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar reacts on stage at the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
"Great powerful outfit. No complaints. I think he did a great job in looking refined and making a statement. I do feel that his haircut could have been updated a little bit by just having it trimmed it a bit more, but, other than that, he looks great!" So, we guess, props to Topp? (NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp reacts on stage during the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
What happens when you wear an outfit like this to a leadership convention? According to Ressel, you lack credibility. "This gentleman, while professional, is more suited for a wedding in my opinion -- especially with that flower. While the tailoring and cut of the suit is brilliant, the colours aren't quite dark enough, so he fades into the background a bit." She also wishes he would have tidied up his facial hair. "Overall, the outfit is nice, but not necessarily appropriate for the situation he was in today. I would say the weakest of the bunch." (NDP leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair speaks during the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)
"I love that she has a purple suit on -- a great colour for spring. She looks "current" and approachable, but the shade she's wearing is dark enough to still look corporate," says Ressel. The downfall for Nash's sartorial style is in the brooch (which is actually given to MPs as their badge to wear on Parliament Hill). "It's a bit dated -- a bigger statement brooch would have added a touch more style for the occasion." Ressel adds, however, that Nash looks age-appropriate and overall put-together. (NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash smiles during the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
"This is a typical corporate look. Great dark colours to create that formality, but not necessarily current. The tie and the type of red shade in it is a bit dated," says Ressel. Similar to Ashton, Ressel wishes Singh would update his glasses. "He needs frames that have a strength to them." She adds: "You're your own business card. All of these candidates need to be careful about pulling an outfit together." Wise advice from a pro style and image expert. (NDP leadership candidate Martin Singh speaks on stage during the NDP leadership convention in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)