Casual Wear by Obama

In this morning’s Times, Cathy Horyn points out that President-elect Obama has begun dressing down. Gone are the dark suits; in are “a baseball cap with a North Face warm-up jacket, jeans and white sneakers, and a black windbreaker that some observers assumed was leather but, more likely, was nothing fancier than cotton.” Compared to Obama’s formal confidence, the casual Obama is a bit of a letdown; it suggests a man who doesn’t know how to relax. Hornyn suggests that with the jeans and sneakers Obama is referencing a ‘90s fashion icon, Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld says, “I don’t know that I can make a proprietary claim to that look.”