Happy birthday, Malia Obama. The former first daughter turns 23 on July 4, and in honor of her birthday we’re looking back on her best street style looks over the years.
Since her father Barack Obama was first elected President of the United States in 2008, Malia has literally grown up in the public eye. In the latter years of Obama’s presidency and her own education at Harvard University, her style has evolved from formal and feminine to laidback and chic. Malia’s outfits are often relaxed and breezy, featuring neutral colors and jewel tones — style tips picked up from stylish mom Michelle Obama, perhaps? The eldest Obama daughter also has a penchant for relaxed footwear, frequently wearing sharp black ankle boots, combat boots, or white sneakers.
On a trip to Chicago in January 2017, when then-President Obama was visiting the city to deliver his farewell address, Malia boarded Air Force One in a sharp textured camel coat. Her headline-making outfit, a black and white long-sleeved Cinq A Sept dress, was layered over black tights and a chic pair of black block-heeled ankle boots with tie details. The look was accessorized with Givenchy’s black leather Horizon satchel, as well as a brown leather travel bag.
While completing an internship at The Weinstein Company that March, Obama wore cropped black pants and a white top, layered with an oversized maroon parka and fringed dark green scarf, in New York City. To beat the winter chill, she slipped on a pair of shearling-lined boots by 3.1 Phillip Lim. A brown leather backpack with orange and white patterned panels was her bag of choice.
In April 2017, Obama exemplified her cool-meets-contemporary style in a more laidback look for her job. A cropped orange T-shirt with stripes was paired with high-waisted jeans and a brown leather belt, bringing the casual outfit a distinct ’70s style. Obama layered her ensemble with a black canvas jacket, and chose one of her favorite shoes — high-top Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers — to kick off the morning in style.
June 2017 found Obama in Bali, Indonesia, on vacation with her family, as well as a visit to the island’s historic city of Yogyakarta. Obama wore a printed blue sundress with a flowy mid-length skirt, accessorizing with her camera. On the shoe front, she chose a versatile pair of brown leather sandals — which made for an especially sharp summer outfit.
Though Obama hasn’t been spotted during the pandemic, one of her most memorable recent outfits is from a trip to France in June 2019. For a family dinner at La Mirande, Malia wore a chic white jumpsuit with a halter-style neck, paired with a bold red crossbody bag. The outfit gained a summery style boost from a pair of strappy black leather sandals. The look is both fashion-forward and sharp, with the neutral tones in Obama’s outfit smoothly complementing each other. Her ankle-tie sandals were also a clever choice, as the shoe is a versatile summer staple that can add a burst of detail to a range of outfits.
Malia tends to favor more casual footwear, though her dressier picks are quite versatile — making them easy to pair with any outfit. One of her favorites are the aforementioned Chuck Taylors, which she and younger sister Sasha regularly wore while living at the White House. As she’s embraced a more contemporary look, Malia’s shoe choices have reflected greater maturity and a sharp palette of neutral tones. Combat boots, sandals, and striped sneakers by brands like Dr. Martens, Caterpillar and K-Swiss are proof of the former first daughter’s sharp personal style, which we hope to see more of as she graduates from Harvard and begins writing for a new Amazon TV show.
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