The Best-Dressed Men at the ASEAN Summit in Manila

The lesson here: Dress for the occasion, always.
IMAGE Instagram/ @justinpjtrudeau

Never think that what you wear is not important as what you say or do. People are always looking (and judging). And clothes becomes even more critical when you are representing, say, an entire nation as a guest or the host.

A man that appears in appropriate attire, whether for a gala dinner or a first-time visit to a beloved fast-food chain, shows respects. He conveys, through a well-fitting suit or a good pair of shoes, that he cares a lot about being in this moment.

Here, the leaders of ASEAN at their finest.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Here's a candid image of that immortal moment with Justin Trudeau. So what do you wear when you want to grab a one-piece Chickenjoy (with rice!) plus a Strawberry Tea Float from Jollibee? If you are the Prime Minister of Canada (and lover of printed socks), you put on a blue sport coat with khaki-colored trousers, which is a very classic combination. Bonus points for the plaid pattern and the take-out bag.

He sure ain't messing around. Here's Trudeau, bright and early, looking ready to conquer the ASEAN opening ceremenoy in a dusky blue two-piece. Press play.

We promise this is the last one, but we really want to show you that polka dot tie (and his smile).

Okay, one more with President Rodrigo Duterte and Honeylet Avanceña. Here is the perfect example of why a robust tie perfectly matches a spread-collar shirt. Learn.


Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

We always appreciate when foreign heads of state come dressed in Filipino barongs. At the ASEAN gala dinner, President Trump looked pretty good in his barong. We only wish that he and our own President buttoned up all the way through. Click through the slideshow for more leaders in Filipino garb.


In this photo, there is iridescence.

Is Trump smiling a rare moment? Maybe he finds the barong comfortable?

Not smiling.


Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines

The host of the ASEAN Summit in Manila in his glory moment, singing for the crowd at the gala dinner.


Dingdong Dantes

We now take a break with actor and Esquire cover star, Dingdong Dantes, who wore a classic rig: black suit and a power tie (red and wide). Thumbs up.

A better look.


More World Leaders

What is happening here? The nattiest suits are no match for the "ASEAN handshake" with (from left) Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Trump, Duterte, and Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. If this was a battle of tie colors, we are digging the peach one on the left.

There we go.

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