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Pope Francis honored as Esquire's Best Dressed Man of 2013

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Pope Francis is rocking the frock according to Esquire. The men’s magazine announced its Best Dressed Man of 2013 on Friday, and the head of the Catholic Church has received the stylish honor, but not for the designer duds he dons.

Esquire's decision to name Pope Francis the Best Dressed Man of 2013 might be “unconventional,” however the Pontiff’s “sartorial choices have subtly signaled a new era for the Catholic Church” and a new hope as reflected through the thoughts and actions of many Catholics.

Pope Francis’ reign has thus far been marked with hoards of Twitter followers, the honor of Time’s Man of the Year 2013, and countless moments that have opened the hearts and minds of Catholics, Christians and secular people worldwide. The Holy Father’s humble nature and simplistic lifestyle are echoed in his actions and attire, and has accordingly earned the top nod as Esquire’s Best Dressed Man of 2013.

Esquire turned to fashion experts and religious professors to weigh in on the Pope’s fashion sense. As a Jesuit, the first of any Catholic Pope, the 266th successor to Saint Peter has made no secret about worldly economic concerns and the plight of the poor. Ann Pellegrini, Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at New York University believes Pope Francis’ attire is one of the ways he portrays his views.

The humility of his garments offers a way to visibly display his theological and material concerns for the poor. This Holy Roman emperor really does have new clothes.

Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor of menswear design at FIT, concurs with Esquire’s decision to name Pope Francis the Best Dressed Man of 2013.

His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it. I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes, I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.

Undoubtedly 2013 has been Pope Francis’ year. His appeal, humble and modest nature and open mind has set him apart from other leader’s within the Catholic Church, past and present. Due to his unassuming presence, it is highly unlikely Pope Francis would want the honor of Esquire’s Best Dressed Man of the Year, even if it were due to his rejection of the pomp and circumstance associated with the title.

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