When Frank Ocean showed up to the White House state dinner on Tuesday night, everyone’s reaction consisted of the same thing: Is he wearing Vans? The fact that Ocean showed up to the white house in a perfect-fitting blue suit and some checkerboard slip-ons drew loads of attention from the Internet (us included). It was so buzzy that reporters on the scene that night immediately asked Ocean about his choice in footwear, in the process getting the first interview out of Ocean in three years. Man, being a white house correspondent seems wild. One minute you’re asking President Obama about Aleppo, the next you’re talking to Frank Ocean about his laceless shoes. What a time to be alive.
By that we mean, does what you’re wearing feel right? If so, then go with it. If you’re visiting the White House (or even just turning up for someone’s wedding), know that the night probably isn’t about what you’re wearing, anyway, so there’s no need to freak out if you’re comfortable and appropriately dressed. And slip-on sneakers are always a viable option for your simple navy blue suit, even if pulling off a daring move like checkerboard Vans in the White House might be a move best reserved for rock stars.