It's one of the most-anticipated trials of the year: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has spent 11 days on the stand at the United States District Court for bank and tax fraud.
However, there's something else about his court appearance that's making headlines -- and it has to do with his style.
Sketches from the trial have gone viral, depicting the 69-year-old controversial figure in hundreds of thousands of dollars of designer clothing, including a $18,000 python jacket and $15,000 ostrich jacket. It's a look that Manafort has reportedly refused to pair with his jail-issued white socks.
Ostrich jacket, pink pin-stripe suit, millions spent on clothing and jewelry but NO SOCKS? What's up with that? https://t.co/gKPaGdHfzZ
— Marta 86451132020 🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸🌊 (@TampaNative52) August 16, 2018
According to CNN, over the course of the nearly two-week event, the socks appeared once briefly on Wednesday. The following day, however, Manafort once again went sock-less.
Why? "He doesn't like white socks," put his spokesman Jason Maloni simply. Since Manafort's look, which is chosen by his defense team, is "limited" by the court, he's not allowed to wear shoelaces or belts, but is allocated only white socks.
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As always, the internet had some things to say about Manafort's sartorial decision. One theory, as explained by Esquire editor Jonathan Evans, is that he has "no swag."
"The man is a black hole of style. Yes, he's spent more than a million dollars on clothing. No, none of that clothing could be classified as a 'good idea,' wrote Evans.
Twitter was also very vocal about his lack of socks. "Here's a courtroom sketch of Paul Manafort and all I can think about is... no socks?," commented one user.
Joked another, "Trump may pardon him for his financial crimes but Manafort knows wearing white socks with a $5,000.00 suit isn't a pardonable offense."
here's a courtroom sketch of Paul Manafort and all I can think about is... no socks? pic.twitter.com/8g5iqWrbOP
— j.d. durkin (@jiveDurkey) August 6, 2018
BREAKING: Paul Manafort Sues Robert Mueller saying the Ankle Bracelet sock he got for Christmas is "itchy"...
— Critical Mass (@RidgetopNM) January 3, 2018
Manafort has a keen sense for style & the white socks the US Marshall issued are clearly beneath his sartorial standards.Trump may pardon him for his financial crimes but Manafort knows wearing white socks with a $5,000.00 suit isn't a pardonable offense. https://t.co/iVIcD6pbjv
— John Caudill (@Whistleblower05) August 15, 2018