As a former owner of beauty pageants, President Donald Trump is known to be very critical of one’s physical appearances, and he has apparently taken that trait with him into the White House. In a new report released Thursday, Trump said male staffers should wear ties and women must “dress like women,” unnamed sources told Axios.
“If you’re going to be a public person for him, whether it’s a lawyer or representing him in meetings, then you need to have a certain look. That look — at least for any male — you have to be sharply dressed,” a source who was said to have worked with the president told the publication. “You should have a good physical demeanor, good stature, hair well groomed.”
The report stated that men were required to wear ties at all times.
"If it's not a Trump tie, you can get away with Brooks Brothers. But I'd suggest Armani,” the source said.
The source even made a witty remark about Trump’s policy adviser, Stephen Miller, based on the ties he has worn.
"I've always been surprised about how Stephen Miller survives with those thin ties," the source said.
The former "Celebrity Apprentice" host also judges women’s appearances, an anonymous Trump campaign source said. Even if they wear jeans, they “need to look neat and orderly,” the source added. In most cases, Trump wants women who work for him "to dress like women."
Female campaign field office staffers felt compelled to wear dresses, mainly to impress Trump, according to the report.
Last month, it was reported that Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer disappointed his boss with his attire during his first press briefing, according to the New York Times. Spicer wasn’t dressing “fancy” enough, the source said. He had on a light gray pinstriped ensemble that appeared to be twice his size. The sleeves were reportedly sloppy, the collar didn’t fit, the fabric looked inexpensive, and the tie was knotted poorly. Multiple media outlets reported that Spicer's suit was a tad ill-fitting.
Spicer has since worn crisp, dark suits with perfectly knotted ties, along with a white handkerchief tucked into his breast pocket.
However, one member of Trump's team was said to be exempt from the president's reported obsession with looking glamorous: chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon.
“Steve is Steve,” a source told Axios. “He’s cavalier almost about what he wears.”