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Obama's Formalwear Victory

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He's been called out for dad jeans and—the horror—wearing them with white sneaks. His suits have often had the mojo of a mayoral candidate. Hell, he's even described himself as "frumpy."

But earlier this week, President Barack Obama finally found his style sweet spot. It was at the 13th Annual Human Rights Campaign dinner, and in front of 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. To say that the leader of the free world played to his audience would be akin to saying that Lady Gaga can carry a tune.

On some level, Obama had to comprehend that in this context, possibly more than in any other, his appearance would be as scrutinized as his words—and POTUS stepped up his sartorial game without getting all fashion-y and maverick-y. Instead, he relied on a black suit (which actually fit properly) and paired it with an equally austere black silk tie and a crisp white shirt. The modern evening ensemble supersized his presence and took the commander in chief to a commandingly frump-free zone. And that's the beauty of a well-tailored two-button (never three) black suit. It's amazing what a good suit can accomplish. It can make a man stand a little taller, walk with a touch of swagger, and even look a bit younger. No one grows tired of seeing a man dressed in black. And we bet Michelle feels the same way.

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