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Pope Benedict XVI's fashion sense

Pope Benedict XVI meets Romanian president Traian Basescu

Pope Benedict XVI meets Romanian president Traian Basescu at Vatican City. With his pending resignation, Benedict XVI will be known as the best-dressed pope, writes Charolotte Allen. (February 15, 2013) Photo Credit: MCT

"During his nearly eight years on the throne of St. Peter, Pope Benedict XVI has always looked absolutely perfect," writes Charlotte Allen. Here is a sampling of the Pope's best looks.

Pope Benedict XVI meets Romanian president Traian Basescu
Photo Credit: MCT

Pope Benedict XVI meets Romanian president Traian Basescu at Vatican City. With his pending resignation, Benedict XVI will be known as the best-dressed pope, writes Charolotte Allen. (February 15, 2013)

Pope Benedict XVI wears his red shoes as
Photo Credit: MCT, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI wears his red shoes as he walks down the gangway upon his arrival at the International airport of Zagreb in Croatia.

Pope Benedict XVI with the hat called ''saturno''
Photo Credit: MCT, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI with the hat called ''saturno'' during his public audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI wearing green robe visits del
Photo Credit: MCT, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI wearing green robe visits del Santo Padre a San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy.

Pope Benedict the XVI in his white robes
Photo Credit: MCT, 2006

Pope Benedict the XVI in his white robes and red shoes during an audience. Benedict has revived many traditional papal garments and accessories, writes Charlotte Allen.

After taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, German
Photo Credit: MCT, 2005

After taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger greets the crowd in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Some have used the phrases "over the top" and "major bling" to describe Benedict's taste in vestments, writes Charlotte Allen.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd during a
Photo Credit: MCT, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. Pope Benedict XVI has been the pope of aesthetics, writes Charlotte Allen.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd at a
Photo Credit: MCT, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd at a Mass in Yankee Stadium in New York City.

Pope Benedict XVI with the hat called ''saturno''
Photo Credit: MCT, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI with the hat called ''saturno'' during his public audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses a nun during his
Photo Credit: MCT, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI blesses a nun during his Ceremony of Investiture on St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Benedict has reminded a world that looks increasingly ugly and debased that there is such a thing as the beautiful, writes Charlotte Allen.

Pope Benedict XVI waves faithfuls and pilgrims during
Photo Credit: MCT, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI waves faithfuls and pilgrims during a meeting with youths at the Santa Maria Degli Angeli Basilica.

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