Fashion has been evolving for years, but the President of the United States might be the most influential person for men’s fashion development. As our new President was sworn in so was a new presidential attire that sets the tone for the White House and the country. Below are some details on how over the years men’s fashion has evolved, changed, and repeated itself because of one man’s taste in style.
Harry S. Truman – 33rd President from 1945-1953 was a leader in men’s fashion. As a former Haberdasher, he knew what it took to look good and how. His expertise in men’s fashion created a romantic and Hollywood style for himself. He knew his Presidential attire would affect and enhance his present and power if done correctly. Truman was not conservative for his time; he stood out as having a fashion sense the American people could relate to.
John F. Kennedy – 35th President from 1961-1963 became the youngest and most stylish President. He brought a classic American look with an Ivy League appearance to the White House. JFK has often been seen as the most influential President for men’s fashion. He would dress comfortably and America could relate to, but with a crisp and clean look. This President would display traditional values with his choices in garments.
Richard Nixon – 37th President from 1969-1974 unfortunately left the White House with a boring style for men. Nixon did not break out of the box and instead listened to his advisors to stay very conservative. In the end his attire was short lived at the White House.
Gerald Ford – 38th President from 1974-1977 entered a very conservative fashion statement left by the former President Nixon. He changed men’s style a bit with a British representation of the James Bond movie at the time. Ford could not afford any drastic changes for his attire after the resignation of Nixon.
Ronald Reagan – 40th President from 1981-1989 set the tone to bring fashion back to the Presidency. He had the Hollywood style, but the presence of power. His brown suits and earth tone colors broke the mold of the navy suit, white shirt, and red tie. Whether he was on his ranch horseback riding or in the oval office he always looked his best.
George H. W. Bush – 41st President from 1989-1993 helped carry the torch of the conservative dress for men lead by Jimmy Carter. His style reflected the classic American attire.
Bill Clinton – 42nd President from 1993-2001 was best known for his casual dress attire. His dress reflected a different era with the business suit blazer becoming a sports coat and khakis.
George W. Bush – 43rd President from 2001-2008 brought the suit back to the oval office. He dressed conservative like his father did, but with an edge of style. The White House began dressing classic, again, with tradition as the emphasis of men’s fashion sense.
Barack Obama – Our new President takes fashion to another level for the Presidency. He dresses accordingly to his audience, but with a touch of European style. Obama uses accessories, yet is simple in his attire. He favors the new two-button coat, white shirts, and simple elegant ties. His style is similar to what JFK would be wearing if he were in this era. He could be the next most influential President in men’s style since Reagan.