Style & Beauty

What Is Steve Bannon Hiding Under All Of Those Shirts?

His layering habits are just plain bizarre.

If layering is an art form, we wouldn’t exactly call Steve Bannon a modern day Picasso.

Donald Trump’s embattled chief strategist has a habit of layering multiple shirts on top of one another. And we don’t mean something normal, like an undershirt and a sweater. We mean two button-down collared shirts. Over one another.

On double duty at CPAC in Feb. 2017.
On double duty at CPAC in Feb. 2017.
It's just two many shirts.
It's just two many shirts.

Bannon, who was reportedly just pushed off the National Security Council in part by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and may have even threatened to quit the White House, has been called out for this strange style habit, both on Twitter...

...and in horrified headlines:

That got us wondering, though: Does anyone else actually do this? After a bit of digging and trying to wrap our minds around the whole thing, we did find at least one other iteration of this look: On J.Crew’s website, no less!

Bannon chic?
Bannon chic?

For what it’s worth, even in its trendiest form, the whole buttoned shirt over a buttoned shirt still looks pretty ridiculous. Plus, the shirt from J.Crew is “sherpa lined,” more like a jacket-type garment and therefore slightly less offensive.

Two button or not two button at Trump's golf club in Nov. 2016.
Two button or not two button at Trump's golf club in Nov. 2016.

Esquire expertly compared Bannon’s look to a famous scene from “Friends,” in which Joey puts on all of Chandler’s clothes. Here’s hoping Bannon isn’t also going commando, eh?

The mag also assured its readers that this is not a trend they need to worry about adopting anytime soon.

One finger pointed, two shirts worn while hosting Breitbard News Daily on July 21. 
One finger pointed, two shirts worn while hosting Breitbard News Daily on July 21. 

“This is not something that anyone except for Steve Bannon does,” they wrote.

Fashion blogger Ryan Dziadul expressed a similar, if not slightly less judgmental sentiment. “I’m all for fashion experimentation, breaking the so-called rules, and wearing what you want to wear,” he told The Huffington Post. “But wearing two button-down shirts at the same time is just weird. It just seems so…uncomfortable, and not to mention time-consuming.”

Twice as not-so-nice covering the New Hampshire primary in Feb. 2016.
Twice as not-so-nice covering the New Hampshire primary in Feb. 2016.

Dziadul’s advice to Bannon?

“If you’re desperate to layer, add a scarf,” he said. “But then again, Steve Bannon doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who minds weirding people out.”

All in all, the style just seems incredibly unnecessary, unless Bannon is hiding something under all those layers. Like, say, information about Russia? A dart board with Kushner’s face on it?

Like many other things in the Trump administration, the world may never know the truth.