Barack Obama's Swaggiest Outfits, From Suits To Swimsuits

Warning: nostalgia ahead (along with great style).

Barack Obama’s style journey started with pleated khakis and shoes with holes in the soles. It’s paved with controversial tan suits, infamous dad jeans and, most recently, cool leather jackets.

The former president, who has always had a keen sense of swagger, went from fur-collared jackets to business suits, and from presidential suits to swimsuits. These days, even his professional wear is a bit less buttoned-up (literally and figuratively).

Former first lady Michelle Obama and super stylish daughters Malia and Sasha get most of the attention in the family when it comes to style, but it’s time we give Obama credit for the fashion icon he’s become in his own right. (He had so far to go!)

In honor of his birthday on August 4, we’re taking a look back at the former head of state’s sartorial evolution over the years.

Sigh. The nostalgia is real.

1979
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1990
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1990
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1990
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2005
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2007
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2009
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2009
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2009
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2011
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2011
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2013
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2013
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2014
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2014
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2014
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2015
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2015
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2015
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2016
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2016
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2016
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2016
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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Obama speaks at Goalkeepers 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
2017
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Presidents Obama, G.W. Bush and Bill Clinton pose at the first tee during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.
2017
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Obama and Prince Harry enjoy the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.
2017
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Former first Lady Michelle and former president Barack Obama are introduced at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.
2018
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Obama walks by his presidential portrait at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
2018
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Obama attends a powhiri with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
2018
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Obama attends the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple Of Hope Awards.