Strategy Why Steve Bannon wears so many shirts at once

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The former White House chief strategist is known for wearing three or more shirts at any given time. Here's why.

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Steven Bannon, known for his leadership of Breitbart News and his role as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, is also known for a particular style quirk: how many shirts he wears.

This was in full view during his interview with Charlie Rose, the host of "60 Minutes," where he seemed to be wearing at least two black button-down shirts under a black blazer.

Many wondered where the peculiar quirk came from, as it didn't seem motivated by style. It went fairly unnoticed during Bannon's time at the White House because he was wearing primarily suits every day.

New York magazine's Olivia Nuzzi got the answer after talking to people close to Bannon, as well as his representative, who told Nuzzi he very rarely wore one or two shirts, but usually three.

Friends of Bannon's told Nuzzi that he liked to be prepared for anything that might happen and frequently got cold, and that the habit was something he picked up while attending military school at Benedictine College Preparatory. Bannon calls it "beach fashion."

"He's always got a contingency plan," the representative told Nuzzi. "If one shirt gets ruined, put the next one on. If one pen dies? Just use another pen."

According to Nuzzi's sources, Bannon does not overheat and finds the ensemble comfortable. The representative said the shirts were not all long-sleeved — some of them are short-sleeved polos or button-downs — but that he did not care much about clothes in general.

"He's not a clotheshorse," they said.