No one can argue that the image The President of the United States projects isn’t an important one. Whether you like it or not, the President’s personal sense of fashion and style plays a huge role in the impression they give off. For example, along with the issues, when analysts go over presidential debates they scrutinize everything from the candidates tie pattern to their lapel pins.
Nothing is overlooked in Presidential fashion today, so (in no particular order) let’s take a look back at the top three of the most fashionable and least fashionable former Presidents of the United States:
Most Fashionable Presidents:
- John F. Kennedy
His slim cut suits always fit perfectly and complemented his skinny ties. JFK’s preference for a flat folded pocket square became a quick fashion trend and the type of fold is now commonly referred to as the “presidential fold”. During his 1960 Presidential campaign, Kennedy’s smart fashion sense went a long way in making the young senator seem up to the task of governing the country.
- Ronald Reagan
A former actor, it’s no secret that Reagan’s Hollywood charm and sense of style helped win him the White House twice. For conservatives, Reagan’s simplistic and well-polished fashion sense has set the standard for Presidential fashion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
FDR never let the depression, WWII, or his handicap get in the way of looking good. Due to his crippling handicap, FDR was perhaps more aware of his image than any other President, so he always worked to project a good one. He liked to accessorize more than any other president, donning neckties, bowties, boutonnières, pocket squares, hats, and more.
Least Fashionable Presidents:
- Jimmy Carter
Carter’s biggest fashion faux pas was, without argument, his tendency to frequently wear cardigans and pastel colors. The result was a President that looked more like Mr. Rodgers than leader of the free world.
- George W. Bush
Bush Jr. all too often would dress down and opt for ill-fitting, short-sleeved button down shirts mixed with baggy, pleated pants. While he could pull it together for important events, his overly casual look did nothing to help his image during his tumultuous Presidency.
- Bill Clinton
The 1990’s were not a good time for fashion, and Clinton’s Presidential wardrobe is a testament to that fact. In retrospect, the Presidents loud ties, loose-fitting suits, and unflattering color schemes make one realize that he had horrendous taste in clothing.
As you can see fashion and clothing plays a big role in how Presidents are perceived. Every President is placed under the microscope where their every move is broken down and analyzed. That is why it is very important for them to make sure they look good, from the color of their suit to the American flag lapel pin.