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Nov 08

Most Powerful Suit on the Planet?

Posted by Elizabeth Grew in white shirtUS election 2012US electionTwo Piece SuittieskirtPresident Obamapower dressingovercoatsObama suitnavy blue suitMichelle Obamacamel coatbarack obama suitBarack Obama

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While most of the UK slept Barack Obama assured his position as arguably the most powerful man on the planet by being reinstated as the President of the United States for another 4 years.

Regardless of political leanings, Obama and his family seem to have captured the attention and affection of people all over the world whether it is for his leadership methods, Michelle's fashion sense or his impressive singing voice. However in this sartorial context I'm focussing on his wardrobe. Surely in such a position President Obama must truly know the meaning of the phrase ‘Power Dressing'.












Shown here during his appearance on The Tonight Show, here is a classic example of Obama's wardrobe formula: single breasted jacket with standard width lapels and straight flapped pockets. This is simple and timeless, enabling him to look appropriate yet understated.
Forgive me for quoting from the classic 80's film Working Girl; "Dress shabbily and they notice the dress. Dress impeccably and they notice the woman." Or man in this case.


Back with his campaign team we see another navy two piece suit with notched collar and two buttons, four buttons on the cuff. Also below during a public conference in exactly the same shape and style merely in charcoal.

You'll notice that he will always stick to the darker colour palette of navy blues, black or charcoal greys, as these give a very professional appearance - lighter or more garish colours would almost be disrespectful in his position.

A perfect endorsement of his family-orientated character we have a photograph here - same suit , snazzy, party-colour-appropriate tie!
It's pretty simple really, a well cut two piece , two button suit with contrasting bright white shirt and you're there! I'd use the tie to expressive personal extravagance.

And as I'm writing this on a particularly chilly day I was drawn to this picture of Michelle & Barack Obama both in beautiful overcoats . Barack in a classic gentleman's four button single breasted knee length coat with wide notch lapel , but more importantly Michelle's stunning camel coat - three buttons with high collar and black contrast lining! Pairing your overcoat with your skirt really does give a quality finish to the outfit, and means you have a bit more flexibility to your choice of top or blouse - as we know a plain shirt just isn't fabulous enough for us ladies all the time! 

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