Barack Obama Knows Exactly How You Can Amp Up Your Fit
Florals for spring or summer? Not groundbreaking, suffice it to say. But florals on Barack Obama? Now that’s something unexpected. Last week, the former president celebrated his 60th birthday in Martha’s Vineyard. There was a little kerfuffle surrounding the soiree due to the Delta variant, so to calm things down, the guest list was tapered and anyone that did make the final cut had to get a test proximate to the event. The lucky few that received a golden ticket were treated to a rare sight: Obama in a floral shirt. And not just any floral, but Fendi floral.
Number 44 is a stylish gent, as good as it has ever gotten in the Oval Office. That goes without question. Still, he was never one to veer too far off the prescribed politician attire: navy or gray wool suit with a neutral shirt and nondescript tie. His look has always been sharp and fitted, yes; a single-breasted, two-button by Martin Greenfield or Georges de Paris was his uniform. But it has always been safe. In fact, the few times he did try something a little different—read: Obama’s tan suit—controversy ensued. He was president, after all, and such things come with the territory.
Now, as a private citizen, any choices he makes sartorially doesn’t reflect the nation as whole. Obama is free to do whatever he pleases, and dress the way he wants. And it would appear that my fellow Barry is chilling, having a little fun, and is going back to his Hawaiian roots. Case in point: His birthday fit consisted of white cotton trousers, a sizable beaded necklace, and a white cotton button-down with a hortensia motif in graduated tones of gray and black. If it didn’t have long sleeves, it could have easily passed as a trendy Aloha top.
Fendi Hortensia Floral Print Long Sleeve Button-Up Cotton Shirt
The ensemble, all in all, is pretty much the go-to style for vacationers, retirees, and anyone that wants to show that they don’t have to worry about the Fed—descriptors that suit Obama to a T. It may not be the most groundbreaking fit, sure, but it gets the message across loud and clear. And if you want to telegraph the same vibe, make sure to cop the exact Fendi floral shirt while it's still available. I mean, it does have the approval of the GOAT.
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