Political pundits may argue about who won the debate in Sioux City, Iowa. However, it’s Newt Gingrich who wins the image contest. He, no doubt, learned years ago that a suit camouflages excess weight at the midriff better than anything else. His dark suit sets off his silver hair and gives him a distinguished look.
Anyone who is a serious presidential candidates ought to wear a white shirt in a political debate, and both candidates did. However, wearing a blah blue tie that blends in with a man’s suit is not a good choice. It suggests passivity rather than power. A red tie is symbolic of energy, enterprise, courage and action. On the negative side, it can also be impulsiveness, so Newt might need to consider wearing a yellow tie at the next debate. Yellow is symbolic of mental energy, so it’s good for thinking on your feet.
My advice to Romney: to look more powerful, wear a dark red tie tie that is close to burgundy. For a formal TV debate, I would suggest small repeating patterns like tiny dots in an off white color or blue. Solid-color ties often look unimaginative. For less formal occasions burgundy with stripes would be appropriate.Lastly, I’d suggest he let his hair grow just a bit fuller at the sides. It is trimmed so closely that it makes his face appear quite thin. There would be better balance and harmony with fuller hair at the sides.