Styling the new President

INCOMING president Rodrigo Duterte will not be changing the way he dresses when he sits as president.

His daily outfit–a template that he has been donning throughout his years in public service–will be the same ensemble that he will be wearing for work.

“Bakit mo ako pasuotin ng iba na I already feel comfortable,” he told reporters last Saturday.

He even jokes that he won’t be wearing a barong to his inauguration because his other friends who have long passed away also wore barongs that had the same embroidery. He literally doesn’t want to be caught dead in a barong.

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“I do not want to adjust my life just because I am president,” Duterte said.

“You take me for what I am,” Duterte said. “If I do not look with sartorial elegance then that is the worry of [others].”

When asked whether he is still going to get a stylist, he shook his head to say no.

Fashion will take a backseat in Duterte’s presidency.

Stylist and M Magazine (life and living in Mindanao) fashion editor Otoi Mercado, who has previously groomed Duterte in functions said that the president’s performance in whatever clothing he is in is what will matter the most in his first 100 days.

“Right now aside from how the president would present himself to the public and to other nations, it’s his performance and how he delivers as a leader of the country that matters most,” Mercado said.

Style factor is only optional but is still significant addition.

“It would be a plus factor for him to be presented in public appropriately attired–he is no longer representing himself alone. He represents the entire Philippines this time,” Mercado said.

Mercado recommends that the mayor sticks to his style: collared cotton, or plain or gingham shirts, tailored cotton twill pants, and a good pair of loafers.

“He can wear this from office to casual luncheon meetings,” Mercado said.

Fashion designer and educator and co-founder of the Davao Fashion Design Council Emi Englis shared that Duterte can still send a message with the clothes that he wears.

“I would love to see him in checks but in custom-made and handwoven multi-hued cotton shirts for business casual functions,” Englis said.

“White-on-white or beige-on-beige pina-silk or banana-silk shirts would also be ideal as material for formal barongs that I envision to have checkered patterns from Maguindanao’s inaul fabric,” Englis said.

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