galleryFirst Lady of Fashion11.05.08galleryFirst Lady of FashionThe Narciso Rodriguez dress fashionistas can't stop talking about—and a photo gallery of Michelle's most elegant outfits from the trail.11.05.08 1:28 PM ETCharles Ommanney/Getty ImagesPLUM CRUSHWhen 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.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesHIT OR MISS?Michelle's Narciso Rodriguez election night dress certainly said celebration, but it may have been too over the top.Jae C. Hong/APAZURE STUNNERMichelle 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.Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo BankJ. 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. Jae C. Hong/AP PhotoCHINO DELIVERYLady 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. Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty ImagesCRIMSON PRIDEOn 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. Jae C. Hong/AP PhotoHELLO, SAILORAt 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.Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty ImagesWALK THE LINEThis 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.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesCOMING UP ROSESMichelle’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. Valerie Macon, AFP/Getty ImagesWORKING THE TURQUOISEA 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. Evan Agostini/AP PhotoTHE 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. Jim Bourg/AP PhotoSEEING REDMichelle 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. Wilfredo Lee/AP PhotoCONTEMPO CASUALDuring 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.