Trendsetting probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Oval Office. But some surprising brands have become iconic thanks to their presidential ties. While Michelle Obama is committed to up-and-coming talent, we’re turning our attention to three style standbys made popular by America’s executive suite.

Presidential Style

Brooks Brothers
This men’s clothier has a deep-rooted American history. It gifted Abraham Lincoln a custom coat, outfitted World War I troops, and has supported stateside manufacturing. Not to mention, 39 out of 44 sitting Presidents have worn the label.

Jack Rogers
That signature whipstitched leather sandal? It was inspired by none other than Jackie Kennedy. Following an early-60s Italian vacation, the impeccably stylish First Lady asked a Palm Beach cobbler to recreate her favorite vacation-ready shoe.

Oscar de la Renta
This Dominican-born designer managed to dress an impressive roster of first ladies. His inauguration gowns for Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush made headlines, but his hue-happy skirt suits added a touch of whimsy to Capitol Hill–style throughout his fifty-year career.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 16, 2015

We’ve all heard it before: First impressions matter. And guess what? Your hairstyle plays a big part in those initial make-or-break 30 seconds. If you’re looking for a haircut that screams, “I’m the girl for the job,” opting for a short bob – also known as the “Power Bob” – might be your best bet.

Power Bob

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July 21, 2014

Late night TV’s new kid on the block, Jimmy Fallon, is used to hearing applause on The Tonight Show. This past Monday night, however, he was met with something very different: boos from the crowd.

During his monologue, the funnyman brought up Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy, and then cracked a joke that went like this: “If it’s a girl, it’ll get some of Chelsea’s old hand-me-downs, and if it’s a boy, it’ll get some of Hillary’s.” The audience seemed, well, unimpressed.

Now, Jimmy. A bit of advice: pick up a copy of Vogue. (Or, even better, become a Rue Member. Hint, hint.)  Not only is menswear on-trend this season, but Hillary’s been nailing the whole power-dressing thing since the 80s.

Don’t get me wrong. Everyone (including me) loves you, Jimmy. Even more so when you’re rapping alongside JT. But when it comes to a woman’s closet, I think it’s best you leave it to the experts.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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April 24, 2014