Many US presidents have had a surprising affinity for fashion and style. Harry Truman was a former haberdasher who wore custom made suits, while John F. Kennedy is said to have set the style for an entire generation of men. Before him, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a suave dresser who could look sharp in leg braces, Warren G. Harding had matinee-idol good looks, and William Howard Taft managed to conceal 340 pounds in surprisingly stylish suits. When it comes to presidential fashion, these sharp suit-wearers won more than just elections.
But with great power comes great responsibility, and not all presidents have carried the style mantel as easily as others- as evidenced by some of the worst dressed presidents in American history. Sometimes you either get a president who doesn't care what they wear, or makes a bad fashion choice immortalized in an unflattering photo.
With the help of a devoted staff, you'd think the President of the United States could easily find a nice-fitting tuxedo. Not so! A long parade of stiff, boxy suits burdened the White House, with only the size of lapels and collars changing. Bad hygiene afflicted some other presidents - possibly even killing a few. And virtually nobody was safe from looks that were trendy at the time, and laughably dated a few years later. President Obama is no stranger to criticism over his fashion choices - a trait he shares with many, many presidents before him.Here are 15 of the worst, lamest moments in presidential style.