The Trump Makeover: The Suits

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“Part of the beauty of me, is that I'm very rich,” says Donald Trump, with the surefire confidence of a very rich man. But for all his wealth, he sure doesn’t invest much in the clothing department.

That’s not to say the man dresses in rags. Rather, he wears what appears to be the same black suit/white shirt combo paired with the same red, blue or yellow tie. It’s a corporate look, some may argue, but boy, it sure is boring.

Having his own eponymous clothing line, called the Donald J. Trump Collection, doesn’t make him more fashion forward than he is already not.

Trump’s always in a suit. But here’s how you actually wear one, Mr. Trump:

Haute Couture by Ermenegildo Zegna

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The first rule of fashion: One should never be afraid to experiment a little. If prints and odd textures are way out of your league, then start with jacquard patterns in woven, patch-worked gunmetal grey (it’s an entirely wearable color), like Look 25 from Ermenegildo Zegna’s Fall Winter 2016 Haute Couture. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Look 25 also has a rather forgiving silhouette.

Dunhill Pinstripes

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Pinstripes have quite the history of being associated with conservative business attire (that’s right up Mr. Trump’s alley), but lately, the corporate pinstripes have been making a big comeback as a fashion underdog making its way into the fashion guru’s wardrobe. If jacquard patterned, woven patchworks are too fast and too soon, then go for the pinstripes, but add a rosewood colored sweater vest, an army green patterned tie, and some pocket squares for a bit of personality.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label

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Pinstripes still too much of a stretch? Then do this number by Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label Collection from Fall Winter 2016. Don’t be fooled by the neutral blues – this navy suit is anything but. With subtle checked patterns in exquisite fabric, paired with a great attention to detail, this suit is a great way to up the ante without going crazy with prints. Sometimes, admittedly, a great piece of fabric and a subtle design can go a long way in elegance.

Bottega Veneta’s Stone Cold Grays

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Donald Trump is a businessman – he’s said so time and again. And nothing spells business like a steely iron fist and cold gray eyes. Gray is like black, without its negativity, and will always be a timeless shade. If all else fails, an exquisitely tailored stone cold gray suit like this one from Bottega Veneta’s Fall Winter 2016 is a fine bet. Pair it with a bronze-collared white polo shirt, and for a finishing touch, throw on a cashmere black scarf for a signature, New York style edge. 

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