President Trump was styling and profiling in matching blue shirt at APEC

PHOTO: President Donald Trump (L) poses with Vietnams President Tran Dai Quang as his wife Nguyen Thi Hien (R) upon arrival for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders gala dinner in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017.
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WATCH President Trump ditches signature suit and tie for APEC matching shirt

It's a tradition steeped in questionable fashion choices.

At Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits year after year, it's become a tradition of sorts for world leaders to don matching jackets for a "family photo" worthy of competing with one's most embarrassing childhood photos.

Leading up to the summit there was a question of whether President Donald Trump, who is rarely seen in public without his signature suit and tie, would partake in the tradition.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump is welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien for the gala dinner of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017.VNA/Handout via Reuters
President Donald Trump is welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien for the gala dinner of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 10, 2017.

But he put that speculation to rest on Friday as he walked into the APEC gala wearing a dark blue silk button-down shirt. He shook Russian President Vladimir Putin's hand before posing with 20 fellow world leaders for a "family photo".

World leaders have Bill Clinton to thank for starting the annual tradition back in 1993, when he hosted the summit in Seattle and gifted world leaders in attendance with matching bomber jackets.

The next year, the tables turned on Clinton and it was his turn to don a traditional Indonesian shirt selected by the summit's subsequent host country.

PHOTO: President Bill Clintonposes for a group photo during the 6th APEC summit in Bogar, Indonesia, Nov. 15, 1994. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images
President Bill Clintonposes for a group photo during the 6th APEC summit in Bogar, Indonesia, Nov. 15, 1994.

Since then, the trend has continued with many other hosting countries also following suit in continuing the tradition.

Former President George W. Bush had a reputation for embracing the lighthearted tradition in good humor. He donned everything from a poncho during the 2008 summit in Lima, Peru to a traditional blue silk 'ao dai' at the 2006 APEC summit in Hanoi, Vietnam over the course of his 8 years in office.

PHOTO: President George W. Bush wears a traditional Chilean poncho with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the La Moneda Presidential Palace during the APEC Summit Nov. 21, 2004 in Santiago, Chile. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
President George W. Bush wears a traditional Chilean poncho with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the La Moneda Presidential Palace during the APEC Summit Nov. 21, 2004 in Santiago, Chile.

The tradition has remained strong ever since.

President Barack Obama made no secret of the fact that he wasn't such a fan of the tradition with his decision to nix it when it was his turn to host the APEC summit on his home turf of Hawaii in 2011, after previously threatening in jest that he would make world leaders wear aloha shirts or grass skirts.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit family photo, Nov. 10, 2014 in Beijing. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit family photo, Nov. 10, 2014 in Beijing.

“I had looked at pictures of some of the previous APEC meetings and some of the garb that had appeared previously, and I thought this may be a tradition that we might want to break,” Obama said at the time. “We gave them a shirt, and if they wanted to wear the shirt, I promise you it would have been fine. But I didn’t hear a lot of complaints about us breaking precedent on that one.”

PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(front,C), U.S. President Barack Obama(rear,C), pose with participant summit leaders after a photo session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Lima, Peru on Nov.20,2016.The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(front,C), U.S. President Barack Obama(rear,C), pose with participant summit leaders after a photo session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Lima, Peru on Nov.20,2016.

Though Obama may have managed a temporary break from the tradition, bad fashion habits die hard.

At the 2014 APEC summit in China, Obama donned a deep-red silk jacket for the group photo that drew comparisons to “Star Trek” character Jean-Luc Picard.

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