From Kennedy to Obama to Trump, keep America fashionable


Official White House Photo

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along the Colonnade of the White House.

Caroline Collins

Thanks to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, 2016 will go down in history as the year of ill-fitting trucker hats and snappy pantsuits. This year’s election proved the runway of Capitol Hill will never fail to provide the public with something to talk about.

But before Melania Trump and her pussy-bow Gucci blouse, there was Martha Washington and her British silk stockings. First ladies have been one step ahead of the fashion game since 1789. Their style reflects the trends of the moment while remaining inexplicably timeless.

Over the past eight years, Michelle Obama became known as the first lady of fashion. Time Magazine credited her with putting Jason Wu, a 26-year-old Taipei-born designer, on the map with her first inaugural look in 2009. The white one-shoulder gown with stunning embellishments is on display at The National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama clearly took some cues from his wife to earn himself the title of “best dressed American politician in a generation,” according to GQ Magazine. In fact, his style is often compared to that of John F. Kennedy: effortlessly polished. Yet many argue that no Commander in Chief will ever manage to top Kennedy’s iconic, all-American approach to dressing.

The right pair of sunglasses became synonymous with the spirit of patriotism as JFK and First Lady Jackie Kennedy made them a fashion necessity. Men and women everywhere attempted to emulate the power couple’s impeccable style from statement watches all the way down to pillbox hats. After his assassination in 1963, the 35th president left behind an unmatched legacy of smart and sophisticated fashion and politics.

The pressure is on for President-elect Donald Trump and his family to stylishly serve our nation, and one can only hope that he begins by leaving his campaign accessories in 2016. It’s time to Keep America Fashionable.