Pope Francis, who dresses like every other pope before him, has been named “Best Dressed Man of the Year” by Esquire magazine.
It’s not much of an explanation really, but here’s why Esquire jumped on the “we love Pope Francis” bandwagon:
An unconventional choice to be sure, but hear us out.
While Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all had banner years, their sartorial choices begin and end on the proverbial red carpet. Meanwhile, Pope Francis’s sartorial decisions have subtly signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.
“His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it,” says Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor of menswear design at FIT, of Pope Francis. “I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.”
As this photo montage floating across social media shows… Pope Francis’ “sartorial decisions” are not any different really from what appears to be the official uniform of the papacy.