Steven Bannon, known for his leadership of Brietbart and becoming strategist to President Trump, was also known for a particular quirk in his personal style: how many shirts he wears.
This was on full view during his interview with Charlie Rose of “60 Minutes,” where he seemed to be wearing at least two black button-down shirts under a black blazer.
Many wondered where the peculiar quirk came from, as it didn’t seem to be style-motivated. It went fairly unnoticed during Bannon’s time at the White House because he was wearing primarily suits every day.
New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi got the answer after talking to people close to Bannon, as well as his own spokesperson who told Nuzzi he very rarely wears one or two shirts, but usually three.
Friends told Nuzzi he likes to be prepared for anything that might happen, frequently gets cold, and that the habit is something that he picked up while attending military school Benedictine College Preparatory. Bannon calls it “beach fashion.”
“He’s always got a contingency plan. If one shirt gets ruined, put the next one on. If one pen dies? Just use another pen,” the spokesperson told Nuzzi.
According to Nuzzi’s sources, Bannon does not overheat and finds the ensemble comfortable. The spokesperson noted that the shirts are not all long-sleeve, and some of them are short-sleeve polos or button-downs, but that he does not care much about clothes in general.
“He’s not a clotheshorse,” the person said.
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