Wesley Bell made headlines in August when he defeated longtime St Louis County Missouri Prosecutor Robert McCulloch in the Democratic primary by an impressive 14 points.

County prosecutor races do not normally garner national attention, but this one was different. St Louis County contains Ferguson, Missouri – a city that has become synonymous worldwide with controversial policing practices.

McCulloch, who had been in office for 25 years, made a habit of asking for cash bail for misdemeanor suspects (which they frequently were unable to pay). He also led the case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who escaped indictment for the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 under McCulloch’s watch.

Wesley Bell, a former public defender and local attorney, decided to fight back. He was elected to the Ferguson City Council in 2015, where he worked with the Department of Justice to enforce oversight of the city’s criminal justice system.

This year he took things a step further. Running on a platform of community based policing, assigning special prosecutors in homicides by police, pledging to never seek the death penalty, Wesley Bell launched his bid for St Louis County Prosecutor. The high-profile nature of the race even drew the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, who as a rule do not normally intervene in elections.

Bell’s crushing victory over McCulloch on August 7th was a surprise not predicted by polls or the media, but the message it sent was clear. Speaking to NBC News Bell said, “This election was clearly a referendum on the need to reform the criminal justice system to make sure it’s fair for all. The idea of reform has taken hold all over the country.”

With no Republican in the race, Bell ran unopposed in the November general election and will be sworn in just after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Wesley Bell may be bringing criminal justice reform to the people of St Louis County, but he is also bringing some much needed fashion reform to the American political scene as well. Here are a few of our favorites –  Jefferson City and Washington, please take note!

Check out the prosecution

 

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A lot of men wear check shirts, but not all of them can do it well. White shirts are great, but why wear them on every occasion? Opt instead for some extra color, even if it is brown and navy. We love the chic brown tie which really stands out. There’s something about Wesley Bell that screams “fashion.” It might be his smart approach to elegant dressing, or the fact that he loves minimalist choices with a trendy twist.

 

Every detail matters

 

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The former public defender really enjoys playing with details. Normally politicians wear jeans only at informal events and want to burnish their “man of the people” credentials. But denim is completely presentable and appropriate if you know the right ways to flaunt it. Here Bell has complimented the jeans with a dark grey blazer and white button-up shirt. That edgy purple pocket square is eye-catching and gives his appearance a more youthful finishing touch. Senator Claire McCaskill certainly seems to approve!

 

Breaking the rules the right way

 

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Wesley Bell goes against a well-known fashion rule with this outfit – mixing black and brown – but he pulls it off with some serious style. The prosecutor is obviously a huge fan of eye-catching pocket squares, and here uses one to give a masterclass on making these two colors actually work together. Another major style score is the striped tie. Men tend to be safe with their choices of accessories, but that’s an opportunity lost. If you can’t work a bold suit, you can at least upgrade a classic one with some daring details.

 

Wesley Bell meets Wakanda justice!

 

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Wesley Bell’s everyday attire is just as good as his professional outfits. The St. Louis County-native likes to keep it simple on days when he’s off work – don’t we all?! In this fashion edition he opted for jeans and a black long-sleeved top. Comfy and cool at all times.

 

Grey is trendy

 

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In case you haven’t seen enough of Wesley Bell wearing fabulous suits yet, we have another one for your viewing pleasure. This time it’s a classic grey two-piece every man should own. Don’t be scared of lighter hues, they can be equally stylish and elegant as dark ones. Maybe Bell will inspire you to fall in love with chic ties and handkerchiefs with his fearless choices.

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