Tony Abbott wore a blue tie everyday of his Prime Ministership, bar one.
And was criticised for being partisan, or was that Parisian, or worse still, that he wore only gloating-at-Gillard blue.
Clearly he could have worn more inclusive tie colours (as the leader of a nation that by and large avoids ties like the plague).
An occasional Rudd-red for the Labor constituents, glamping green for the, well, Green citizens. Some mottled-dinosaur prints would have calmed down the Clive Palmer voters and perhaps no tie at all for the sex-party supporters.
But on the day of his Prime Ministerial demise it was noted he wore deep purple.
The traditional colour of faith and mourning; perhaps of Herod’s robe.
And certainly of smoke on the water.
Turnbull and Shorten, we are watching your ties, don’t let us down.