Back in July GQ magazine’s style writer came to D.C and we asked him to rate the gentleman status of a few political types. At the time, we didn’t know we could have simply hopped over to the Washington Post and asked D.C’s in-house style guy Dana Milbank.

In a column for the Post on Tuesday, he wrote that Rick Perry has knocked Mitt Romney out as the GOP frontrunner (for now), but it has given Romney the opportunity to establish himself as the CEO candidate rather than the Tea Party aggressor. But somewhere along the way, Milbank turned into a fashionisto! From the column:

The usually awkward Romney seemed in his element as he delivered his speech, even if he was wearing a yacht-club blue blazer and tan gabardines on the floor of a truck repair shop.

We’re not sure what garbardines are, but Milbank might be onto something. A little axle grease on the cheeks goes a long way in a repair shop.

Romney made a similar mistake this summer when he wore pleated khakis at a NASCAR race in New Hampshire. Get with it, Mitt. Or just ask Milbank for some dress advice next time.

Milbank didn’t return request for further comment on Romney’s style.

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Romney with NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson