Barack Obama is back to the grind after spending a few weeks on vacation earlier this year, and his style appears to have evolved. The former president, known for his dad jeans and headline-making suits during his administration, has elevated his post-presidency style, wearing a brown leather jacket and a pair of dark wash, slim bootcut jeans while out in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Obama was visiting the National Gallery of Art with Michelle Obama, who wore head-to-toe black.
The leather jacket marks a new, more relaxed phase in Obama’s style evolution (as do the new jeans). He looks, for lack of a better description, pretty cool. As president, he wore suits that rarely made headlines—save for the aforementioned tan number. This new outfit, with a fitted jacket, less-dad-like jeans, and matching brown shoes and belt, show a laid-back man without the weight of the free world on his shoulders. What’s next? Maybe a Rocky-esque sweatsuit (this could be his time to finally take up CrossFit) or a the same leather jacket in black. Who’s to say how Obama’s post-Oval Office duds will change, really? He can wear whatever he wants now!
This occasion marked Obama’s second public appearance since returning from his Caribbean vacation. He was first spotted in New York on February 24, surrounded by supporters and a Secret Service detail. He was leaving a meeting with the Simons Foundation, which is reported to be involved with Obama’s Presidential Library in Chicago.
As People noted, the National Gallery of Art trip is Obama’s first appearance since denouncing President Trump’s claims that the Obama administration had tapped his phones in Trump Tower before the election. We’ll leave it to the tabloids to determine exactly what kind of statement, if any, he’s making with that leather jacket.