30
Jun
18
Feb
Put This On: Ronald Reagan & the Last Presidential Pocket Square — For President’s Day, I really enjoyed writing this piece on the Gipper. 

Put This On: Ronald Reagan & the Last Presidential Pocket Square — For President’s Day, I really enjoyed writing this piece on the Gipper. 

18
Oct
04
Sep
vanityfair:

75 Years of Ray-Ban Sunglasses in Hollywood | John F. Kennedy 
Photo courtesy of Ray-Ban

Kind of a big fan of the guy on the left though.

vanityfair:

75 Years of Ray-Ban Sunglasses in Hollywood | John F. Kennedy 

Photo courtesy of Ray-Ban

Kind of a big fan of the guy on the left though.

03
Aug
ourpresidents:

On this day in 1984, Mary Lou Retton wins gold
Before Gabby Douglas, there was Mary Lou.  Here, the first American woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition stands shoulder-to-head with President Ronald Reagan.
Between Mary Lou Retton and Gabrielle “the Flying Squirrel” Douglas, there have been only two other American all-around champions; Douglas is the first to come home with both this and the team gold.
Photo from the Reagan Library: President Reagan posing with Mary Lou Retton and the 1984 U.S. Olympic team at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California. 8/13/84.

This photo of the Gipper makes me smile. How many other U.S. presidents could pull off a red jacket? How many would even try? 

ourpresidents:

On this day in 1984, Mary Lou Retton wins gold

Before Gabby Douglas, there was Mary Lou.  Here, the first American woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition stands shoulder-to-head with President Ronald Reagan.

Between Mary Lou Retton and Gabrielle “the Flying Squirrel” Douglas, there have been only two other American all-around champions; Douglas is the first to come home with both this and the team gold.

Photo from the Reagan Library: President Reagan posing with Mary Lou Retton and the 1984 U.S. Olympic team at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California. 8/13/84.

This photo of the Gipper makes me smile. How many other U.S. presidents could pull off a red jacket? How many would even try? 

01
Jun
POTUS SWAG — President George H. W. Bush with that GTH red-white-and-blue socks and Gucci horsebit loafer combo. You can buy a similar pair here.
It’s also worth noting that Bush Senior has a history of colorful hosiery choices, like these lavender socks.
(Via @jgm41)

POTUS SWAG — President George H. W. Bush with that GTH red-white-and-blue socks and Gucci horsebit loafer combo. You can buy a similar pair here.

It’s also worth noting that Bush Senior has a history of colorful hosiery choices, like these lavender socks.

(Via @jgm41)

30
Mar
thewackydeli:

From NBC News: “I do think it’s time for the party to get behind Governor Romney,” Bush said today, his legs crossed to reveal sharp-looking lavender socks.
Greaaat. Now even octogenarian ex-presidents are more stylish than I am.

GTH POTUS

thewackydeli:

From NBC News: “I do think it’s time for the party to get behind Governor Romney,” Bush said today, his legs crossed to reveal sharp-looking lavender socks.

Greaaat. Now even octogenarian ex-presidents are more stylish than I am.

GTH POTUS

21
Sep

WSJ: Candidates Figure What Voters Need From Them Is a Good Dressing Down

I know I’ve given President Obama his fair share of licks here for his sartorial stumbles (and praised Michelle’s style sense often in the same sentence), but I’m really not a fan of the “dressed-down” candidate — Republican or Democrat.

Fashion observers say the men in the Republican presidential primary race are setting a new standard for studied sartorial ease. Working the campaign trail in shirt-sleeves and jeans, they’re tossing off their neckties — and with them, a century of tradition.

"Good lord, what have we come to?" says Daniel James Cole, professor of fashion history at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. "I read that Mitt Romney’s wife bought him Gap skinny jeans … We don’t think of jeans as being presidential."

I get the arguments for the “dressed-down” look, how it’s meant to blend in and make it appear as though you’re just a regular person, but I often feel that it’s so fake and almost-always poorly executed.

I feel that if you’re running for what is possibly the most important job in the world and want the nation and other country’s leaders to take you seriously, then you should, quite frankly, dress for the job you want. You want to be president? Then dress like one.

And the American people should demand better. Our expectations should be raised higher for the person who wants the lead the country. Why should we expect less of our politicians?

The presidency is important. Decorum and respect for the office is something we should hold and adhere to when we choose who should hold it. I think candidates should dress accordingly.

06
Sep
06
Sep

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A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

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