Jacob Rees-Mogg: a man for all seasons

For this week's Friday Fashion review, Gail Day examines the unique style of one of Britain's most controversial (and entertaining) politicians.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Photo: Chris McAndrew, CC3.0

He’s been called everything from an extra on Downton Abbey to “the honorable member from the early 20th Century.” But just who is Jacob Rees-Mogg? The answer might not be as clear cut as it may seem.

To call him “posh” would be a massive understatement. Educated at Eton College and then Oxford University, Jacob Rees-Mogg is the son of William Rees-Mogg, the celebrated former editor of The Times and vice-chairman of the BBC. He would go on to marry a fellow aristocrat and heiress, Helena de Chair, in a lavish medieval ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral in 2007.

Elected to the House of Commons in the 2010 general election, Rees-Mogg was at the time famously described in the Times as “David Cameron’s worst nightmare.” Now, two elections later, through careful political craftsmanship Jacob Rees-Mogg has transformed to himself from figure-of-fun to top power-broker in the ruling Conservative Party.

Nicknamed various monikers all to do with his pro-conservative views, Rees-Mogg has been known to make controversial statements. “I oppose same-sex marriage, but I’d go to a gay wedding” is just one of his many golden nuggets. Then there was the time he took along his nanny to campaign door to door for votes during the 1997 general election.

That said, the Tory politician is not without a healthy sense of humour. He regularly posts tongue-in-cheek quotes and newspaper links poking fun at his old-world manners. “A true conservative conservative” reads one comment on his social media feed.

An increasingly prominent pro-Brexit campaigner, Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the few British politicians who has managed to spread his cultural influence beyond the narrow confines of Westminster. His fandom even has own hashtag: #Moggmentum.

Although it had been building steam for years, #Mogmentum truly burst into the national zeitgeist in the build-up to the 2017 general election in the UK when Rees-Mogg posted an Instagram shot of himself outside a tattoo parlour with a poster emblazoned “Keep sane and don’t vote Tory”. His social media caption? “We shall have to take our business elsewhere”. His cheeky retort caught the attention of the Twitterverse and very soon #Moggmentum started to trend.

Despite never holding a ministerial portfolio, Jacob Rees-Mogg is increasingly viewed as a future contender for the leadership of the Conservative Party (and possibly Prime Minister). He is adamant he has no desire to leave the back benches, but some might think he doth protest too much.

Whatever political future lies in store for the Moggster, we know it will certainly be interesting. For now though, let’s take a run through the various style moments of this posh politician.

Festive Fun

“Not all my time is spent photographing my children,” says the Conservative Member of Parliament in this Instagram post. In this Christmas scene, he poses alongside the Hungarian Ambassador in an outfit totally befitting the cause and season. Clad in monochrome dark charcoal from head to toe, he is a picture of cool confidence.

Celebrity Culture

Who said politics needs to be all doom and gloom? Here Rees-Mogg is snapped with reality star Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo of Made in Chelsea fame and most recently, the winner of the television show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! The blonde has made headlines recently for being an outspoken Conservative supporter. Spotted here with Jacob Rees-Mogg, the duo make an unlikely pair – she in a fashionable two-piece of feminine ruffles and Rees-Mogg in his regular country chic ensemble of a charcoal suit.

Magical Mystery Tour

Harry Potter, is that you? In quite possibly the finest example of Hogwarts high fashion, Jacob Rees-Mogg took his oldest son on a visit to a village fete. The stylish duo donned their most debonair gentlemanly tweeds for a day in the country. Vintage flair at its best!

A Day at the Cricket with Jacob Rees-Mogg

As British as tea and scones, the Tory politician spent a day at Lord’s Cricket Ground. For the occasion, he broke away from his usual uniform of top-to-toe charcoal. This time, the choice was deep navy blue offset by large metallic buttons. A button-down shirt in solid stripes adds a nice contrast to the dark blue effect.


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