What They Wear: California’s Politicians

California politicians stay in style.

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Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, knows how to suit up for the paparazzi. Shown here with daughter Prisila Rodriguez, Villaraigosa dons a sleek black suit with crisp white shirt and matching tie, while Rodriguez dazzles in deep fuchsia chiffon. The feather-daughter pair are arriving at the White House for a state dinner May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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The sociable mayor knows how to dress down, too, albeit still keeping it business casual, in a sky blue button down shirt and slim fitting trousers. Here, Villaraigosa attends his own garden party in honor of LA Pride at Getty House on June 6, 2010 in Los Angeles.
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And when the mayor is feeling playful, he accents his outfits with quirky accessories, like this fun black and white polka dot bow tie. Here Villaraigosa flashes a smile for the camera at the 33rd Annual Vision Awards at the Beverly Hilton on June 24, 2006 in Beverly Hills.
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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Carly Fiorina looks every bit the part in patriotic combinations such as this red and white sweater-and-shirt set. Here, Fiorina prepares to speak at the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party April 15, 2010 in Pleasanton.
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Fiorina's specialty is warm colors, such as this rose hued shimmering suit, which she pairs with an elegantly loose string of pearls. A great look to celebrate her primary win with at the California Republican Party event on California Primary Election night on June 8, 2010 in Anaheim.
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Fiorna's look is always stylish and sophisticated, as she proves here in a sleek silver pantsuit that perfectly offsets her mod cropped haircut. She donned this outfit while announcing her candidacy for U.S. Senate at Earth Friendly Products packaging plant on November 4, 2009 in Garden Grove.
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dresses like the ex-Hollywood star he is, and definitely knows that real men where pink. Here, the governor is outfitted in a fitted deep metallic suit with standout violet pink hued tie as he attends Spike TV's 4th Annual "Guys Choice Awards" held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles.
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But the governor also dares to change it up in an unconventional cream white suit that looks refreshingly down-to-earth. Here, he attends a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas.
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And don't think Arnie doesn't know his sportswear -- the governor looks right in place during the Vancouver Olympic games in a patriotic Nike windbreaker.
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Republican candidate for governor Meg Whitman looks every bit the professional in a black brocade suit blazer. The former President and CEO of eBay speaks on day three of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Whitman favors pearls, framing her smile with a flattering pearl necklace and matching earrings. She looks very ladylike indeed as she speaks to the Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce March 18, 2010 in San Jose.
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Once again, Whitman knows how to accessorize, with a thick strand of pearls accenting her deep plum outfit. Here, she laughs as she delivers a campaign speech to supporters at her primary night party at the Universal Hilton Hotel June 8, 2010 in Los Angeles.
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L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge specializes in funky graphic print ties. Here, Labonge brightens up an otherwise plain suit and shirt with a yellow and maroon unique print tie. The councilman speaks at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announcement of the Local Discount Program Promotion "LOHO" at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on October 1, 2009 in this colorful ensemble.
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Here's another colorful tie on LaBonge, this time a graphic splash of red, white, and black that is more reminiscent of a scarf than a tie. Labonge takes his daring fashion choice to the Beverly Hills Film Festival Awards Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 13, 2008.
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Senior senator Dianne Feinstein makes a statement with eye-catching accessories, such as this loosely knotted sky blue scarf. The stand-out accessory brings playfulness to a serious moment at a brief markup meeting July 21, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Feinstein once again let's her accessories do the talking, as she dresses up an all black outfit with an elegant string of pearls. Here, she departs the White House through the North Portico just before Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom looks appropriate and keeps it casual at the same time in a crisp black suit and open-collar white shirt. A great outfit for a day outdoors, commenting on a US Navy drill on May 18, 2010 in San Francisco.
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Newsom also knows how to dress up, looking retro and dapper here in a black tuxedo and bow tie. He poses with actress Sofia Milos at the 14th Annual Elton John Academy Awards viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on March 5, 2006 in West Hollywood.
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Senator Barbara Boxer prefers earth-toned ensembles, shown here in a light canary yellow suit as she arrives at the 21st Annual ASCAP Film and Television Awards gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 11, 2006 in Beverly Hills.
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Boxer's earth-toned cashmere scarf also looks great on her petite frame, and brings out the color in her hair and eyes. Here, she attends the "Climate Refugees" premiere during the 2010 Sundance at Library Center Theater on January 23, 2010 in Park City, Utah
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California Attorney General and democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown looks great in a well-fitting navy blue suit and matching tie. Here, Brown talks with his campaign manager Steven Glazer as he walks home after voting June 8, 2010 in Oakland.
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Jerry Brown wears a sleek black suit with a patterned tie while his wife Anne Gust Brown, who wears a formal black dress, watches as he is sworn in as the 39th governor of California.
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House Speaker and San Franciscan Nancy Pelosi accentuates her powder blue suit with a fun bauble necklace varying in blue and orange colours. Here, she arrives for a reception to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the East Room of the White House on May 24, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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Pelosi always looks elegant, here in a structured tweed suit with stylish neckline ruffle detail. She is shown attending an event highlighting health care reform at the U.S. Capitol March 18, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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California State Senate President Darrell Steinberg looks as if he stepped straight out of a fashion shoot in a slimming metallic suit, black oxfords, and a plum tie. The radiant surroundings frame him well as he waits for the rest of the Senate to reconvene to vote on a solution to the state's budget problem July 23, 2009 in Sacramento, California.
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California Secretary of State Debra Bowen looks stunning in a watermelon pink suit with black collars and an in-style statement necklace in this campaign picture.
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LA city councilmember Paul Krekorian dons a festive outfit at An Evening of Pride with Sharon Osbourne at Eleven Restaurant & Nightclub on June 9, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. Krekorian's forest green suit and red and green striped tie are perfectly primed for holiday merrymaking. We hope he brings that suit out again six months later.
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