Since stepping into the political spotlight wearing pleated khakis and holey shoes, Barack Obama has still managed to secure enough votes among fashion's elite for style icon status. There's no doubt that having naturally chic First Lady Michelle Obama by his side help sway naysayers. However, we recall a time when the Harvard Law grad had a bit more swagger.

Trading in his youthful Afro and fur-collared jackets for a tapered, gray-ish haircut and power suits fit for a president, we now relish in those moments when Obama slips into his "dad jeans," White Sox windbreaker or flip-flops.

In celebration of Obama's 51st birthday on Saturday (August 4th), we're taking a look back at the head of state's style over the years. Vote on all his looks in the slideshow below.

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