Granted, I have never watched the Apprentice for the obvious reasons that A) the premise is idiotic B) Trump is a horrible businessman that made his fortune off of daddy and it was Daddy's friends that saved him the first time (I wonder if they will save him again with the bankruptcy of Trump H&C) C) I have better things to do with my time. But, I will admit that the red trouser look was daring, even if it is firmly rooted in that preppy-patrician east coast, old money waspy style, which is as original as well, every piece of clothing Ralph Lauren "designs". After taking a good look at the pictures in the article, I have found a good solution regarding dress, in which a man can stand out, but yet look perfectly proper without outdoing "The Donald", but at the same time not looking like something from a 50's midsummer party in Montauk. The solution? Dress like a London banker. Whilst all the other contestants are wearing 3-button 2-piece suits (yawn) from either the Italian or American (hits hand against forehead) schools of tailoring, why not try a nice English-inspired 6-4 DB suit? Or a suit with a one-button jacket? The suit must not necessarily be an English-made item; we all know that the Italians and even certain American companies have mimicked the English suiting style with much success. If the contestant must go for that 3-button suit, why not try a slightly bold pin / chalk stripe? Or perhaps, add a vest (as either part of a 3-piece or a matching off-color variation) to differentiate oneself from the crowd. If the suit must be of the Italian school, gravitate towards the Neapolitan style, with the Barchetta pocket, high armholes and perfectly curved lapels...how many suits with Barchetta pockets do you normally see? As well, how about learning a new knot other than using the same old four-in-hand (this is meant as no disrespect to FIHTies, one of our wonderful contributing members
) over and over again? A Windsor knot paired with a nice spread / cutaway collar / shark fin (ok, maybe the shark fin collar may be too bold), instead of using a forward point collar, would be a very nice paring with the aforementioned suit styles. Of, course my style has been influenced by hours worth of reading, which consists not only of the history of the modern sartorial traditions and their transfigurations, but also various internet forums where needles to say, proper style dictates the tone. Perhaps the contestants on the show should spend time reading our fair forum...it can only help their sartorial endeavors. Jon. Edit: Oh, and the men should always remember a very important rule: never, never, never copy Trump's style; he has none.