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Last president to wear 3 bttn suits?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I know Nixon wore 3 button, with a nice lapel roll. You pretty much only see 2 button on American politicians these days, particularly presidents and VPs. Why is this? Any presidents wore 3 bttn recently? who? Even better, who was the last to wear double-breasted?
post #2 of 14
I'm almost certain that Pres. Clinton wore double breasted at least occasionally, regardless how badly it fit his body type.  Gore obviously was never President, but i think he wore almost exclusively three button and he always buttoned his to the top.
post #3 of 14
Manton should have a much more thorough (and perhaps philosophical) answer, but the short of it: Truman and Clinton wore DBs. Dunno who has worn true-3B suits.
post #4 of 14
Truman and Eisenhower were the last presidents to wear double breasted suits on a regular basis. I believe that you would be very hard-pressed to find photos of JFK, LBJ, Nixon, or their successors in DB. I'm not sure if Bush, Sr., wore three button suits. He wore, inter alia, J. Press and Brooks.
post #5 of 14
Clinton wore lots of true three button suits. He even wore double vents for a couple of the 1992 debates, I believe.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
This is the pic that got me thinking - so much more style than the dark two-button things kerry and bush were sporting this past year
post #7 of 14
I really like John Kerry's suits.
post #8 of 14
Kerry's suits did look good (Southwick and Rizzo's, right?). I like Clinton's current wardrobe. In office, a lot of his suits seemed OK at best, if very standard pol attire. Nowadays, he wears good-looking suits that fit him better, though that he's not so much big Bubba anymore helps too.
post #9 of 14
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I really like John Kerry's suits.
yes, he did. I could not see any flows on the fitting.
post #10 of 14
Concerning not a pres., but a pres. candidate, RFK: did he ever where 3B. I seem to remember the 2B on him. I always liked the narrow-width repp ties that he wore. Of course many of use wore that width then. Even though he was of small stature, I always thought he wore his clothes, rather than his clothes wearing him. I could be romanticizing, but I he always seemed like the kind of guy who never gave his clothes a thought (in the truest since, rather than in a faux-sense that is the WASP ideal).
post #11 of 14
Clinton wore DB when he was feeling on top of the world, SB when he was in trouble. Bush 41 sometimes wore the "trad" style 3-button suits. The lapels were rolled to the middle button. You could hardly tell they were 3-button.
post #12 of 14
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Bush 41 sometimes wore the "trad" style 3-button suits. The lapels were rolled to the middle button. You could hardly tell they were 3-button.
I seem to recall an event, perhaps when he was VP, when a heckler at a speech made some comment about him talking about helping the poor while wearing a Brooks Brothers suit, and he pulled open his jacket to reveal a J. Press label.
post #13 of 14
As Manton has pointed out, the elder Bush's Yalie appearance diminished him politically. I recall a TV spot in which he was buying socks at KMart, to encourage shopping to help the economy during the recession of the early '90s. That this minor purchase would help was about as credible as GHW Bush actually wearing KMart clothes. His son has learned this lesson and avoids the "American Trad" appearance of his youth. He now lives on the ranch. No grosgrain watchbands or belts. It reminds me of Ralph Lauren's denims and cowboy boots-very far from the Bronx.
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Bush 41 sometimes wore the "trad" style 3-button suits.  The lapels were rolled to the middle button.  You could hardly tell they were 3-button.
I seem to recall an event, perhaps when he was VP, when a heckler at a speech made some comment about him talking about helping the poor while wearing a Brooks Brothers suit, and he pulled open his jacket to reveal a J. Press label.
Yes it made the papers. And the news item can be found on the wall in J. Press
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