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Barack Obama’s Post-Presidency Look, Explained

Obama, in his recently-signature look in April.
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

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Barack Obama’s post-presidency style is a balm for tired eyes. There’s an unwavering dedication to a sharp black-and-white ensemble, and some sunglasses if we’re lucky. It’s essentially unchanging except for the fact that he seems to lose a button on his shirt every time he’s seen out, as pointed out by Business Insider.

This uniformity isn’t surprising; Obama’s spoke in the past about not wasting decision-making energy on what he should wear. In the same 2012 Vanity Fair interview, he said you’d hardly ever catch him in anything but a gray or blue suit (we all remember #tansuitgate, though). Now, 44 is strip-teasing at a snail’s pace on his way to street style stardom. He’s also traded in gray and blue suits for black ones, still made by his long-term outfitter Martin Greenfield Clothiers, company co-owner Jay Greenfield confirmed over the phone.

Barack Obama
Obama in New York in March.
Photo: James Devaney/Getty Images

Greenfield says that Obama’s style refresh is indeed due to the fact that he’s out of the White House and more often in situations where this sort of less formal look is acceptable, like getting lunch with Bono or speaking on a Global Food Innovation Summit. He still put on a tux to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and a full suit and tie for inauguration, but he’s been trying to get something off his chest in all other scenarios.

And in Chicago in May.
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Rather than going with full suits, civilian Obama is gravitating toward separate jackets and slacks, says Greenfield; he also explains that while the fit is about the same, Obama’s been getting his slacks slimmer since he left office. And everyone is here for it: The reaction from the internet is matched in thirstiness only by those videos of teenage boys asking models to prom.

Here are some additional photos for you. Here he is backstage at a Broadway show with Malia over the winter:

Photo: Bruce Gilkas/Getty Images

And going a little wild stripes and extra chest earlier today:

Barack Obama Photo: Andreas Solaro/Getty Images