The 44 Best Presidential Biographies

Read the definitive list of presidential biographies and become a better man.

You’re a man of impeccable swagger. Your friends come to you for style advice, and you turn heads anywhere you go. But being a man of impeccable style isn’t just about looking or acting the part - you have to BE the part. It’s not just about looking great at parties – it’s about having something great to talk about at parties, too.

What better to talk about at parties than your journey through reading the best biographies written about each president? Especially since 2016 is an election year.

Besides teaching you how to be a man, answering the ever-dubious question of if you can wear white after Labor Day, and giving you a list of the best books to read, we’ve curated a list of the best presidential bios. Through this list – ranging from 200-page bios to four-volume works that took three decades to complete – you’ll gain an understanding about each president – some were even men of impeccable style and grandeur. You’ll make your friends jealous (have any of THEM ever read a biography on each president?), and you’ll continue to be the most interesting man in the room.

And if someone ever asks who popularized the word “okay,” you’ll be able to answer (that was Martin Van Buren, by the way).

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What is the best color suit to own?

The blue suit is the most versatile. Think about the occasions you may need a suit:

  • Wedding
  • Funeral
  • Job interview
  • Ceremony (graduation, dedication, etc.)
  • Special dinner (charitable event, banquet, etc.)
  • Party (work function, anniversary)
  • Dinner date (a man can look great in a suit for any night out with his lady)
  • Work

Why blue? There are several reasons. A blue suit can be dressed up for a formal function or stylish for a casual function. A blue suit is good for all seasons and all times of day. Wear it to a lunch interview, dinner date, wedding, or even brunch.

A blue suit can be a dozen suits in one: choose a bright shirt and pocket square to jazz it up or stick with white and a solid tie to be more professional. Pair it with brown shoes or black or another color depending upon the occasion.

Blue is a color that conveys “trust” which is why it has been said that every man should have a “sincere blue suit” in their wardrobe.

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How do I wear brown shoes?

When it comes to men’s shoes, brown is the new black. Everywhere you go, it seems like there are men striding by wearing brown shoes.

But are there rules for wearing brown shoes? You bet, but it’s pretty simple.

For brown, dark navy, light navy, or grey suits, brown shoes are an excellent choice. Brown looks especially sharp with a charcoal grey or dark grey suit. Pair a light brown leather shoe with a dark brown suit to make a bold fashion statement.

For a more conservative look, wear a darker shade of brown than the suit you select.

If you have a three-piece suit in your repertoire, consider going with a black shoe over brown. But that’s not a hard fast rule, it depends on the suit and the shade of the brown shoes.

Match the belt to your brown shoes but if you are going with suspenders anything goes.

When not to wear a brown shoe:

When you are donning a formal black suit (or tuxedo), choose black shoes. You also may not wish to wear light brown shoes for dressy evening wear. Go a little darker or choose black.

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How do I clean my fedora?

You’ll need these items to clean your fedora:

  • Lint roller
  • Hat brush
  • Wash cloth
  • Blow dryer

First, create a clean space for you to work with your hat. Wash and dry your hands, clear the area, and make sure the surface is free of debris and moisture.

Next, holding the fedora by the rim, brush it gently beginning on one side and moving around the hat until you’ve completed one full rotation.

Gently roll the lint roller over the fedora to remove fuzz, dust, lint, hair, etc.

Lightly dampen the wash cloth and use it to clean any stains on the hat.

Set the blow dryer to the lowest setting and use it to dry the fedora.

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Can I wear white after Labor Day?

There was once a “rule” that wearing white after Labor Day was a faux pas, but what do they say about rules? They’re made to be broken. It was a silly rule anyway.

It’s perfectly acceptable to wear white after Labor Day.

What you want to be careful about is what sort of white clothing you choose in the Fall and Winter months. If you are eyeing that short sleeve white dress shirt or a spring white jacket, don’t do it. Wear a sensible white suit or a white hat, even a long white waistcoat, but don’t make it look like you think it’s May.

 

Wearing white (especially a well-tailored white pinstripe suit) is an excellent way to show off your style when the days get shorter.

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