President Barack Obama’s Ten Best Style Moments of 2009
Originally appeared at PAPER Magazine on December 24, 2009
While First Lady Michelle Obama may receive the preponderance of political fashion coverage (and by championing the likes of Rick Owens to Isabel Toledo… rightfully so!) her discriminating taste and exquisite wares have a propensity to outshine her husband’s style selections: ones highlighted by his unfussy routine signatures contingent on the occasion or level of decorum at hand.
The contemporary white bowtie: Who could forget Pete Souza’s tender Inaugural Ball night image of The President gallantly sharing his tux coat and a private moment with First Lady Michelle Obama in a chilly freight elevator on Jan. 20, 2009.
The “Clint Eastwood autumn casual”: A warm palate (grey cozy wool sweater with peek-a-boo collar and classic sepia windbreaker) and togs keep the President toasty as he first tours the White House South Grounds with Curator William “Bill” Allman, left and Chief Usher Admiral Stephen “Steve” Rochon on Jan, 24, 2009.
The Obama-trademark crisp white shirt: In their idiosyncratic and characteristic suit styles, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton leave lunch at a Greenwich Village restaurant after the President’s speech at Federal Hall on Wall Street on Sept. 14, 2009.
The (now-iconic) “dad jeans”: Capped off with a simple white T-shirt and his hometown Chicago White Sox duffle coat, President Obama gets into the true “dad jeans” mentality while cheering for his daughter Sasha’s soccer team on May 16, 2009.
The classic black tie: Perhaps best exemplified during the 2009 Nobel Banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway while dancing with the First Lady (note the Preseident’s hallmark “lax cuffs”) on Dec. 10, 2009.
The professorial panache: While the President donned an endearingly bookish “costume” for the Halloween festivities, the First Lady and Marian Robinson got a bit more into the spooky seasonal spirit welcoming children from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools at the North Portico of the White House on Oct. 31, 2009.
The “sans-tie” suit: Conceivably our most even-tempered and unflappable of presidents in modern history, the “sans-tie” suit and unbuttoned shirt, while not a frequent gesture, has become a laidback Obama standard. Here, President Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Paris before returning to Washington, on June 7, 2009.
The formal necktie: Opting against his conventional bow tie route, the President and First Lady arrive for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala dinner with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 16, 2009.
The straightforward athletic gear: President Barack Obama takes a shot during a game with Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress on the White House basketball court true to form: in unadorned, unlogo’d solids on Oct. 8, 2009.
The unostentatious golf attire: President Barack Obama puts a bit of body English on his shot during a golf round at Farm Neck golf course while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 24, 2009.
The Saturday gingham shirt: With his nonchalantly rolled-up sleeves, the President’s grace and ease are apparent while catching up with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the phone in the Oval Office on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.