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The Stylish Evolution of Al Sharpton

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on February 1, 2013

Rev. Al Sharpton has worn many hats: minister, civil rights activist, raconteur, presidential candidate, SNL host and MSNBC anchor. But if it truly is the clothes that make the man, then let’s instead look at his keen sense of fashion through the years, rather than those professional hats.

1982: Reverend Al escorts the Godfather of Soul from the White House.

Brown Sharpton
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

1983: Black Beetlejuice* argues with Tuxedo Dude.

*@eScarry hat tip — AP Photo/Messer

1984: Sweater vest and handcuffs.

AP Photo/Mario Cabrera

1984: Noteworthy not so much for his own style, but sandwiched between the King of Pop and Cowboy Hat Guy, Sharpton’s got game.

Michael Jackson; Al Sharpton
AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler

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1988: All white + medallion screams winner.

Sharpton Maddox Mason
AP Photo/Charles Wenzelberg

1988: ’80s Track Suit Sharpton happened often.

Sharpton Maddox Mason
AP Photo/Charles Wenzelberg

1988: Thumbs down for rape hoaxes.

Al Sharpton And Glenda Brawley 1988
AP Photo/Charles Wenzelberg

1988: One solid color + medallion = 1988 Sharpton in a nutshell.

Al Sharpton
AP Photo/Wilbur Funches

1989: Small bow tie, big hair.

Sharpton Hawkins 1989
AP Photo/Jonathan Kirn

We try never to paginate, but there are so many gems it helps with load times to do so. Click here for Page 2 — Patient Al, Trench Coat Mafia Sharpton and more.

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