"On matters of style, swim with the current," Thomas Jefferson once said. "On matters of principle, stand like a rock." Good advice for 18th-century America, perhaps, but not for aspiring politicians in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where revolutionary principles and style are inextricably linked.
While the two-button suits, striped red ties, clean-shaven faces, and flag lapel pins that dominate American political fashion make Republicans and Democrats almost indistinguishable from one another, in Iran, discerning observers of politics can often deduce a candidate's worldview with a quick once-over. Beard length, shoe style, even how many buttons one leaves undone -- all provide clues to political leanings.