Are Kornacki’s Khakis Bringing Business Casual Back?

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It seems like an eternity since Tuesday evening when MSNBC anchor Steve Kornacki took his place at his mystical, digitized map to tabulate the results of the Georgia Senate runoff.

The now-iconic object of Twitter’s fervent affection dutifully manned his post as the votes rolled in late into the night, seeing Democrat Raphael Warnock overtake the incumbent senator, Kelly Loeffler. By the morning hours, 33-year-old firebrand Jon Ossoff had also pulled ahead of conservative stalwart David Perdue, making him the youngest U.S. senator ever elected.

The news cycle quickly swept the contests aside as angry rioters descended on Washington Wednesday to protest the certification of president-elect Joe Biden’s November victory in a chaotic melee that has left at least five people dead and called into question President Trump’s fitness to remain chief executive. But Ossoff and Warnock’s wins Tuesday were deeply significant, solidifying Democrats’ control of the Senate and undoubtedly paving a smoother legislative road for the newly-elected Commander in Chief.

As the race unfolded, Kornacki dependably played his role, reviving his favorite Palomino Brown pants from this fall’s presidential race and pairing them with a crisp-yet-casual white button-down, a striped tie, and a brown leather belt.

The anchor’s signature look and nod to normcore is the height of business casual—professional but not stuffy, and rooted in practicality. As Americans across the country wait patiently for one of the vaccines that might allow them to return to some semblance of normal life, many are likely looking to adopt wardrobe options that blend the comfort and convenience they have come to favor over these long, socially distanced months with a hint of polish. First Insight CEO Greg Petro believes that while the work-from-home movement is likely here to stay, employees may come to relish opportunities to throw together ensembles for days in the office.

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