Presidential styles: best and worst

Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn. – 2016 is an unprecedented year for the style of presidential candidates. With Donald Trump’s terrible mess that’s more akin to a bad toupee implant than hair, and with Clinton funding the pantsuit industry on her own, 2016 is a year in style that won’t be easy to forget.

In honor of the worst hair and clothing style imaginable, let’s take a look back at the best and worst hair and styles from past presidents.


Worst: Martin van Buren led the country during the panic of 1837, but as with Jackson, his hair was horrendous. Bald over the top, van Buren had two extremely unkempt masses protruding from the sides of his head, which might or might not merge into a bit of facial hair. If I think hard enough, it reminds me of when the dilophosaurus from “Jurassic Park” attacks and shows its fans. You know you have bad hair when you can’t figure out what’s going on.

Runner up for worst: Although Dwight Eisenhower served as the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Western Europe during World War II and led countless soldiers, his hair had a mind of its own. Bald on the front, Eisenhower sported a horrendous comb-over on at least half of his head. I don’t like Ike’s hair.

Best hair: Andrew Jackson. While some portraits show a more wretched style, the hair he sports on the 20 dollar bill is pretty snazzy. It’s essentially an untamed mane, a necessity for leading the free world.


Best: Theodore Roosevelt

While most would say John F. Kennedy had the best style of any President, I would argue that he’s up there on the list, but not at the top. Theodore Roosevelt knew how to dress with flair. With a pair of Pince-nez glasses perched on the bridge of his nose, Roosevelt sported a thick mustache and slicked hairstyle. As for his clothes, he was still on point. In his official portrait, each piece of his outfit, from a light dotted vest to a dark patterned tie, tied it all together.

Worst: Jimmy Carter’s beige cardigan

While it worked out to his advantage at the time, if anyone tried something similar today they would be the subject of an onslaught of endless memes. Carter chose to wear this beige cardigan to relate to the American people during a fireside chat in the early days of his presidency, but it just doesn’t seem natural. Maybe it would be more relatable if he ditched the tie. And cardigan.

Addie Whitlow

Addie Whitlow

Assistant Features Editor

Addie is a Chattanooga native majoring in Communication with a minor in English: Writing. If she isn't reading or watching movies, some of her favorite pastimes include spending time on the lake, taking way too many photos of her dog, Ripley, chasing after sunsets, and eating pasta salad. To get in touch, email her or tweet her at @mirage_hall.

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