In spite of whatever the fashion critics may say, the President was actually following a time honored tradition. When George Washington made his famous farewell address to his officers, he was criticized by some fashion critics because his powdered wig was off white and not pure white according to the dictates of the then fashion codes. In his own defense, George said that during his encampment at Valley Forge, it was difficult to get the smoke out of his wig and he didn’t want to buy a new one while his men were freezing to death and starving.
It is a little known fact the one of the first and few bills vetoed by Washington called for the formation of a National Fashion Police. Since then, most fashion critics have gone clandestine and occasionally raise their ugly heads to criticize some hapless chap who falls into their cross hairs. Then they turn right around and claim they have the right to criticize fashion as a freedom of speech while denying that same right of expression to those subjected to their criticism.