“I am asking you to believe,” Barack Obama said toward the end of his farewell speech Tuesday night. “Not in my ability to bring about change—but in yours.” On one hand, that’s a great line that merits deep consideration. On the other, maybe he was just talking about switching up your style? After all, even in standard suits, dad jeans and golf shirts, Obama’s swag is worth emulating. So as he leaves office, let’s pour a little out for one of the best-dressed presidents ever—and cop a few pieces from his wardrobe, too.
Starting off with some vintage Obama style—in this picture, we can see that he managed to look good back in the '80s, a decade when everyone dressed like an idiot. Well played, Barry. (Lanvin Plaid Wool Scarf: $270, Nordstrom, 3-in-1 River Salt Jacket: $589, Patagonia, Selvedge Skinny Jeans: $50, Uniqlo, Casio Retro Digital Watch: $15, Amazon, Harvard Crimson Sweatshirt: $36, Ivy Sport)
Here he is in his standard suit and tie, but the important difference between Obama and the other guys on Capitol Hill is that he isn't afraid of slim-fit. Everyone else is trudging around in baggy suits from the '90s, while Obama looks sleek and polished on the regular. (Lazio Navy Suit: $499, Suit Supply, Ermenegildo Zegna Dress Shirt: $375, Mr. Porter, Right Angle Tie: $19, The Tie Bar, American Flag Pin: $20, White House Gift Shop)
If only your winter look was this on point. The knee-length wool topcoat, the cashmere scarf, the simple leather gloves—all great cold weather accessories to take note of… and buy for yourself. (Sienna Black Suit: $779, Suit Supply, Right Angle Tie: $19, The Tie Bar, Solid Homme Overcoat: $950, Mr. Porter, Tom Ford White Dress Shirt: $570, Mr. Porter, Martin Oxfords: $399, Paul Evans, Deerskin Leather Gloves: $48, Cole Haan, Hermes Cashmere Scarf: $535, The Real Real)
All presidents have a leather bomber jacket to wear when they're essentially cosplaying the role of Commander in Chief, but Obama looks better in it than some of his predecessors. (Navy Crewneck Sweater: $33, Lands’ End, A-2 Leather Jacket: $345, Alpha Industries, Tan Chinos: $49, Lands’ End, Ludlow Button-Down Shirt: $88, J. Crew, Mitch Oxfords: $195, Jack Erwin)
An avid sports fan, Obama relishes the presidential perk of getting to throw out the first ball of the season, but he does it in a classic baseball jacket that is fitted and slimming—again, guy's not afraid of a tailor. (The Boss Jeans: $175, Buck Mason, Baseball Jacket: $40, H&M, Nike Air Presto Shoes: $120, Nike, Cotton Button-Down: $18, H&M)
Looks like Casual Fridays are a thing around the Oval Office too, and Obama pulls it off well with a simple button-down shirt and dark wash jeans. Also, take note: Stand when you're doing calls; it keeps the blood flowing. (Lou Standard Fit Jeans: $175, Buck Mason, Prototipo Chronograph: $1,200, Autodromo, Brown Leather Belt: $68, Elkhead Clothing, Secret Wash Shirt: $60, J. Crew)