Even if you’re not a fan of President Donald Trump, you have to give him props for exuding a unique, personal style — one that you can probably spot from a mile away. If fashion is 90% confidence, then Trump is winning at the style game.
Though Trump and fashion seem like contradictory words, he’s had some success with selling apparel. The New York Times reports a Brand Keys survey found Donald Trump had beat out Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan as one of the most trusted fashion names in America in 2005. Yes, you read that correctly. His line features suits, ties, and dress shirts with a focus on comfort, style, and fit. Go figure; Trump the fashion icon.
When it comes to his personal fashion choices, he hasn’t been seen wearing much other than power suits and an array of red ties, but this doesn’t mean he’s incapable of making poor style choices. Here are a few not-so-great fashion choices Trump has made over the years.
1. Long ties
There are few hard-and-fast rules when it comes to wearing a suit. Make sure it’s tailored to fit your body; the color matches (if you’re going for a professional look); and that your tie never, ever hits below your belt. Unfortunately, Trump breaks this style rule all the time. Business Insider took note of his fashion faux pas, saying it looks almost as though Trump’s wearing a leash. When you wear a tie this long, it just looks silly.
2. Pleated chinos
Trump showed up to a campaign pep rally in Mobile, Alabama, wearing a pair of pleated chinos. Although pleated chinos are totally fine, he still managed to look a little dad-ish, mainly because they weren’t fantastically fitted. Because the color is so light, it looks even more offensive than if he had chosen pants in a darker hue. The lesson here: Perfectly tailored pants are key.
3. Trucker hats
Ashton Kutcher wore this look straight out of style years ago. But during Trump’s same campaign pep rally in Alabama, he wore a red hat with his campaign phrase on it: “Make America Great Again.” At least it didn’t say Von Dutch on it.
4. The comb-over
Who is Trump without his signature comb-over? That’s a tough question to answer. The Daily Mail reports Trump promised America a new ‘do if he were to find himself in the White House. According to the story, the president said his signature coif is simply too much work. We have yet to see a new look, but perhaps he’s still adjusting to the role. It would definitely be a big change, but we somehow think it would be a very good one.