Donald Trump thinks his long ties ‘slenderize’ him, but a tailor says they actually make him look shorter

US President Donald Trump likes his ties below the belt.

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US President Donald Trump likes his ties below the belt.
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Donald Trump is famous for his tail-like ties.

The US President’s extended neckwear has been the subject of much scrutiny over the years and yet, nothing seems to have changed.

Despite the advice of innumerable style experts, virtual GQ makeovers, and even a parody Twitter account, Trump’s ties continue to fall below the belt, breaking one of the golden rules of men’s suiting.

His ties are so long that he famously resorts to Scotch taping them together because the thinner end is unable to reach the “keeper loop” – that ring of fabric attached to the back of your tie that keeps the tail from peeking out.

Read more: Trump made the mistake of using Scotch tape to hold his tie together – here’s what he should have done instead

So why does the president continue to fly in the face of so many voices of authority? The answer may just have been revealed in former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s upcoming book, “Let Me Finish.”

In the unreleased book, which was obtained by The Guardian, Christie writes that at a dinner in 2005, Trump told him “you gotta look better to be able to win” in politics.

To do this, Christie claims that Trump advised him to wear longer ties because they have a “slenderizing” effect on the torso.

Fortunately for him, Chris Christie did not listen to Trump's style advice.

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Fortunately for him, Chris Christie did not listen to Trump’s style advice.
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Trump’s last publicly recorded physical exam indicates that he is just 0.1 point away from being classed as obese on the BMI scale, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that he wants to give the impression of a slimmer man.

So, is this sartorial ploy actually working? No, says Jack Stammers of Jack Davison Bespoke tailors in London – and what’s more, it’s backfiring.

“I would say he’s got it wrong,” Stammers wrote in an email to INSIDER. “If anything it makes it look like his tie is too long, giving the impression of a short body.”

At 6 ft. 2.5 in., Trump is one of the tallest presidents in US history, but it’s still unlikely he’ll want to make himself appear shorter than he actually is.

Instead of his long ties, Stammers said: “We [Jack Davison Bespoke] feel the ideal length is for the tip of the tie to just reach the bottom of your waistband” – though he stipulates that this depends on the height you wear your trousers.

Back in 2016, Jessica Cadmus, a personal stylist known as The Wardrobe Whisperer, speculated to Business Insider that Trump was buying long ties and mistakingly tying a knot that was too small, though it seems his style is more intentional than any of us realised.

“My guess is that he buys Italian ties (which often are longer because Italians like to tie up a big knot) but then he ties a regular knot – probably a half Windsor,” Cadmus said.

She added that he should be tying a full Windsor, which is the most common knot among the Wall Street set. According to the stylist, “chumps tie a half Windsor.”