First Lady of Fashion

The Narciso Rodriguez dress fashionistas can't stop talking about—and a photo gallery of Michelle's most elegant outfits from the trail.

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PLUM CRUSH

When Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, Michelle broke out one of her most beautiful ensembles, a Maria Pinto V-neck with a black patent belt. She should really wear this every day.

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HIT OR MISS?

Michelle's Narciso Rodriguez election night dress certainly said celebration, but it may have been too over the top.

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AZURE STUNNER

Michelle assured her style dominance at the Democratic National Convention in August with this flattering turquoise frock by little-known Chicago designer Maria Pinto. Pinto has now opened her own boutique and hired a publicist to handle the flood of calls for the look.

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J. WHO?

Mrs. O’s talked-about J. Crew ensemble on The Tonight Show might have secured her husband the presidency among American women who love a bargain. “You can get some good stuff online,” she said, reminding us that while her choices may be timeless, Michelle is modern when it comes to shopping.  

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CHINO DELIVERY

Lady O can pull off a daytime look like no one else; at a Pittsburgh rally, she paired wide-leg khakis (flattering for any woman) with a trim navy sweater and tribal belt. It was appropriate but a bit funky—pure Michelle.

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CRIMSON PRIDE

On Super Tuesday, Barack and Michelle were in Chicago to celebrate, already looking like the first couple. Michelle’s bold red dress and architectural jacket are what she does best: simple colors, immaculate tailoring.

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HELLO, SAILOR

At a Fourth of July picnic, Michelle connected with Montana voters in a cheery Gap sundress and nautical white cardigan. It was both aspirational and completely accessible.

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WALK THE LINE

This striped A-line is actually from cheap ‘n’ chic store H&M: Michelle is nothing if not a woman of the people…the people who need to make dresses look like a million bucks.

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COMING UP ROSES

Michelle’s floral Thakoon dress was one of her most discussed—some loved it, some thought it was too busy for the Democratic National Convention—but either way, it established Michelle as a patron saint of up-and-coming designers with a vision.

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WORKING THE TURQUOISE

A crisp white shirt, clean tailored chinos, and a chunky necklace are a well-dressed political wife’s holy trinity; but where many have gone before, Michelle goes with spunk and a creative flash of blue.

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THE DAILY O.

Michelle played it old school on The Daily Show in October, wearing her version of a classic first lady staple; the two-piece suit with a double strand of pearls.

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SEEING RED

Michelle wore Narciso Rodriguez again at the town hall debate in Nashville, this time with a subtle Christmas theme, pairing sparkly green bows with the perfectly hued garnet shift.

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CONTEMPO CASUAL

During rallies, Michelle plays to local women by dressing down; in Miami, she wore a simple white tank, a black broom skirt, and just enough silver to keep the outfit from looking too simple or falling into the dreaded Amish trap.