Bewitch the wardrobe
Other than in fashion-oriented businesses, conservative American cuts for suits and jackets are appropriate. Since clothing and appearance means a lot in American business, be careful not to spend a lot of money on a high fashion item that doesn't work. The term business casual calls for taking general business dress a step down. Men would wear a neat dress shirt, but with no tie, no jacket or a jacket that contrasts with the trousers. Women may dress similarly, doing without a neck scarve, certainly wearing an outfit less formal than a standard business suit, but still maintaining a level somewhat more reserved than truly casual clothing.
Short pants for either gender, for example, would not qualify. In casual settings, exercise and sports clothing is widely worn by men, women and children, though in some environments it might be too casual. Blue jeans are worn throughout the United States by people in all walks of life.
If you are in a casual setting but are afraid of appearing too casual, pick up a copy of a major golf magazine, and wear the same type of clothes the male golfers do. Whether business or casual, the clothing should fit well, and be kept clean and neat. That means wearing a shirt, and certainly underwear, for a maximum of one day before throwing it in the wash. Many Americans find body odor extremely offensive even though the same odor would not be out of place in certain other countries.
Even if you yourself wash and use deodorant, your body odor could come across if you try to get an extra day out of your clothing before washing. On the campaign trail, Trump has criticized companies such as Carrier, Apple, Nabisco and Ford for moving production to cheaper offshore locations. Even if some of his claims about those companies were incorrect. This was not the first time Trump has faced criticism for outsourcing production of many of the products sold in the Trump Collection.
Marco Rubio raised it during a Republican debate on Feb. Trump is correct that most clothing sold in the U. But he went too far in claiming that products in the Donald J. Because of this growth, U. Trump should be aware of the availability of some U. Lawrence , a professor of international trade and investment at the John F.
For example, some of the suits in the Donald Trump Collection — sold on Amazon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , there were , people employed in making apparel in the U. And in , Lawrence said, 29 percent of the U. Typically, Lawrence said, it is more expensive to manufacture in the United States. So Trump may be right that it would not be cost-competitive to make some products in the U. Production of cheaper goods, for which consumers are looking for low prices, is by and large staying overseas, where manufacturers can find less expensive manufacturing.
We also reached out to The Americanologists , a website that compiles made-in-America merchandise. Trump is operating under a very common misconception: Brooks Brothers makes suits out of both foreign and domestic fabrics. Either way, they are providing American jobs.
Trump could give American manufacturing a big boost in visibility by reshoring some of his products and I hope he chooses to look into that.