Noted streetwear enthusiast Bill Clinton is back at it again. This morning, the 42nd President of the United States took to Twitter to update his followers on his recovery following a stint in the hospital earlier in the week. His message was brief and fairly nondescript—”Take the time to listen to your bodies,” he implores at one point—but eagle-eyed hypebeasts were quick to latch on to another element altogether: the president’s fit. Specifically, one wild sweater straight out of Aimé Leon Dore’s latest collection.
The sweater you’re looking at is ALD’s Molina Breakfast knit, a handsome, oatmeal-colored crewneck adorned with a cheery jacquard graphic. (You can get it as a short-sleeve tee, too.) The last time Clinton’s taste in clothing made news was way back in 2018, when he stopped at the Kith outpost in SoHo to hobnob with the hypebeasts and cop a pair of hyper-futuristic Acronym pants. Now, as then, Clinton’s sojourns into the center of the menswear universe read less like an intentional bid for relevance—how do you do, fellow shoppers?—and more like a quirky happenstance that leaves us with more questions than answers. (Will Bill and Hillary make an internet-breaking cameo in an ALD lookbook? What streetwear-adjacent item will be next to get the presidential cosign?! Is there a forthcoming tell-all about the fit in the works?!?!) Ultimately, though, the reality is probably less engrossing. Is it really so hard to believe that ALD’s retro-leaning, vintage-inspired sportswear looks great on—and appeals to—a guy who actually lived through the decades the brand loves to reference? His culture is not your costume, surly TikTok teens.
If all that sounds a little farfetched to you, why not chalk the sweater’s presidential appeal up to its generation-spanning good looks? There’s nothing like a brusque reminder of your own mortality to make you pine for the glory days of your youth, and if a playful sweater isn’t going to imbue your capacious Chappaqua closet with the joie de fits of the Mulberry Street set we don’t know what will. If you’ve always dreamed of cosplaying as a former leader of the free world—and Allbirds ain’t doing it for you—now’s your best shot yet at dressing like one without compromising your personal taste.