First-Lady Fashion

Michelle Obama Lookbook

The first lady is 50 and fabulous! From an emerald green Marchesa gown to a sleek, buttoned-up Burberry coat, see Michelle Obama's best looks through the years.

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The First Lady is 50 and fabulous! From an emerald green Marchesa gown at the Kennedy Center Honors to a sleek, buttoned-up Burberry coat, see Michelle Obama's best looks through the years.

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Vacation Style

The First Lady wears a blue, yellow, white, and black printed frock by Tracy Reese and a black cardigan as she and her family arrive in Hawaii for Christmas vacation.


A Festive Affair

The First Lady repeats an outfit for TNT's Christmas in Washington special on December 15, wearing the ivory top with silver embroidery and coordinating skirt from J. Mendel's Resort 2013 collection that she last wore on a July 2012 trip to London.


Black-Tie Chic

Michelle Obama stuns at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors on December 8 in an off-the-shoulder, emerald gown by Marchesa.


Sleek Outerwear

On November 20, Michelle Obama attends a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of JFK in a red tweed coat from Jason Wu's pre-fall 2013 collection.


All Buttoned Up

Michelle Obama attends a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11 wearing a black double-breasted Burberry coat and knee-high black suede boots.

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To host a Diwali celebration at the White House on November 5, Obama opted for a rose-colored cashmere tank and a multi-colored embroidered skirt, both by Naeem Khan.

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Flying in Style

Michelle Obama showcases modern aviation style in a navy shift dress as she and President Obama board Air Force One on September 23 on their way to New York City for the UN General Assembly. 

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In Memoriam

Michelle Obama wore a somber black dress with a bow/collar detail on the neckline to the memorial service at the Marine Barracks September 22.

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A Picture, in Plaid

Michelle Obama arrived on stage for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner, September 21 in Washington, DC wearing a black and white strapless gown, cinched with the same J. Crew belt she wore to the inauguration in January.   

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Not So Sweet & Salty

The First Lady wore a tweed dress in turquiose and navy blue to an event in the State Dining Room at the White House, where she spoke about food marketing to children and urged advertisers to decrease the amount of time spent promoting sweet and salty food to children. 

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Pure Poetry

Michelle Obama poses with the National Student Poets award winners in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on September 20 in a burgundy sleeveless Reed Krakoff dress.

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Drink Up!

At the Drink Up event in Watertown, Wisconsin on September 12, Michelle Obama wore a blue, hand-dyed Tory Burch dress made by female artisans in the Kindia region of Guinea. 

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Totally Teal

The First Lady wore a custom Jason Wu shift dress in teal silk and linen to visit military children and families at the USO Warrior and Family Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia on September 11.

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Red Roses

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Michelle Obama opted for a simple black dress with red roses by Tracy Reese, black Jimmy Choo kitten heels, and her hair in a loose chignon.

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Garden Party

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a screening of "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights" in Washington, DC, on August 27 wearing a multi-floral patterend dress.

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Aced It

Michelle Obama kicked off the US Open by attending Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Saturday, August 24. To headline the event, FLOTUS wore a yellow and white Prabal Gurung peplum top from the designer's Resort 2013 collection with white pants and silver sneakers, and showed off her new honey-colored highlights.

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Summer Frock

Michelle Obama is seen leaving the White House for Orlando, Florida on August 10th wearing a yellow and white printed dress from Talbots with a white belt, a Zac Posen Eartha Satchel, pearls, and nude, pointed-toe kitten heels. 

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Date Night

The Obamas arrive back at the White House on August 18th after a vacation at Martha's Vineyard. The First Lady wears a cream and gray printed dress from Narcisco Rodriguez's Resort 2008 collection with a matching cardigan, a black headband, and hoop earrings. 

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Independence Day Ombre

Michelle Obama celebrated Independence Day in a Boy. by Band of Outsiders dress on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Bent On Chiffon

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a silk chiffon Jason Wu dress with red heels on July 2, 2013 at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam. 

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Multi-Colored Orchid Number

Michelle Obama paired her Rachel Roy printed dress with burnt orange heels at the State House on July 1, 2013. 

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Pocket Full of Sunshine

Mrs. O embraces summer in a bright yellow Michael Kors dress as she attends the kids's "State Dinner" in the East Room of the White House on July 9th.

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Playful Patterns

First lady Michelle Obama wears a blouse by Nigeria-based designer Maki Oh at a discussion at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg on June 29.


Girl on Fire

First lady Michelle Obama wears a Naeem Kahn Spring 2013 sunset-print one-shoulder dress with a gold statement necklace to a dinner hosted by South African President Jacob Zuma on June 29.

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Shades of Rose

First lady Michelle Obama wears a Reed Krakoff Pre-Spring 2013 suit to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 29.

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The Hillary Pantsuit

First lady Michelle Obama wears a blue pantsuit in Pretoria on June 28.

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Senegal Obama

First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a floral-print dress by Jason Wu, meets with Senegalese President Macky Sall and first lady Marieme Faye Sall on June 27 at the presidential palace in Dakar.

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Seeing Stripes

First lady Michelle Obama wears a striped Narciso Rodriguez dress from Resort 2008 on the plane ride to Senegal on June 26.

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Simple and Classic

At a dinner given in honor of President Obama at the Orangerie of Schloss Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin on June 19, Michelle Obama wears a cocktail dress by Carolina Herrera and bold earrings by Rene Escobar.

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Black and White

First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a two-tone sleeveless Zara top and a pearl necklace from Pearl Paradise, visited the Berlin Wall Memorial with her daughters on June 19.

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Back in Black

The first lady dressed up a casual all-black ensemble with a pair of dark patent pumps in Germany on June 18.

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Burnt Up

Michelle Obama wore a cream top with sheer sleeves and bold burnt orange pants in Ireland on June 17.

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Color-Block Talk

Later that day on June 17, Mrs. O kept it cool with a geometrically color-blocked tunic and an elongated black blazer.

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Green Thumb

Michelle Obama looked elated in a lime green oxford shirt and dark denim as she harvested with schoolchildren in the White House Kitchen Garden on May 28.

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Dress Repeat

For a wreath-laying ceremony honoring veterans at Arlington National Cemetary on May 27, Michelle Obama wore a floral knee-length dress by Peter Soronen—the same one she wore to attend Easter services in 2009. 

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Dream Team

Michelle Obama joined fellow style star Kerry Washington on a visit Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C., on May 24. For the occasion, the first lady wore cream wide-leg pants and a tan sleeveless print top cinched with a metallic silver belt. 

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Old Faithful

The first lady threw on one of her go-to frocks, a wisteria-print dress by Tracy Feith, to greet students from Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 22.

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Royal Salute

FLOTUS wore a floral dress from Prabal Gurung’s Resort 2013 collection to meet with Prince Harry at a reception for military families at the White House on May 9.

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Fetching in Fuschia

Michelle looked gorgeous in a sleeveless fuschia dress cinched with a thick black belt, worn May 8 to the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service ceremony at the White House.

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Book Signing

FLOTUS shined in an embellished navy sweater by Tory Burch and a graphic pleated skirt at a signing for her first book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, on May 7 in Washington, D.C.

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Flower Power

The first lady wore a polished short-sleeve floral dress and a matching silver brooch to speak about the Joining Forces hiring initiative for veterans at the White House on April 30.

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Comedy Night

Everyone waited with bated breath to see what FLOTUS would wear to the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 27. Her black beaded chiffon gown by Monique Lhuillier greatly exceeded expectations.

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The Fairest of Them All

Michelle Obama, returning to the White House with the president on April 25, outshined former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter earlier that day in this powder blue dress, jacket, and pumps, worn to the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University. She topped off the classy ensemble with a multistrand statement necklace.

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Texas Forever

On a trip to the Lone Star State for the inauguration of George W. Bush's presidential library, FLOTUS emerged from Air Force One wearing a magenta-colored dress and a black cropped sweater, which she paired with a matching black belt and silver heels.

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Red Siren

On April 17, the first lady wore a crimson pleated dress by Michael Kors to attend the signing ceremony for a Maryland bill that will support military veterans alongside Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. 

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Blue Beauty

Michelle, hand in hand with the president, opted for a traditional first-lady look—a pale blue sheath dress by Michael Kors—to attend a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for an Army captain in the White House on April 11. She paired her dress with nude heels and a single strand of pearls.

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School Visit

On a visit to a Chicago high school to discuss youth violence, FLOTUS looked professional in a collarless gray pantsuit, which she accessorized with a shiny metal belt.

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She's Got Soul

Michelle Obama chose a brighter-colored pantsuit worn with a coral top while speaking to students in an interactive workshop on soul music entitled “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul” in the State Dining Room of the White House on April 9. The first lady was joined by musicians Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Musselwhite, and Ben Harper, who performed later that evening at the In Performance at the White House show.

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Planting in Prints

Michelle Obama kept casual in printed pants, a chartreuse T-shirt layered under seersucker blazer, and a pair of sneakers while sowing seeds with schoolchildren in the White House Garden on April 4.

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Prim and Proper

FLOTUS looked sophisticated in a navy pantsuit while honoring Rachel Robinson, the widow of late baseball player Jackie Robinson, at an event for the new biopic 42 in the State Dining Room of the White House.

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Easter Ensemble

Michelle Obama defied the age-old fashion rule of no white after Labor Day and wore white pants to the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 1. The first lady paired her bottoms with a floral-print T and a black and white striped blazer. 

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Church Attire

No stranger to outfit repetition, FLOTUS recycled a light gray dress and overcoat from Prabal Gurung's Spring 2010 collection to attend Easter services at St. John's Episcopal Church on March 31. 

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Spring Colors

The first lady broke out the spring hues for a pre-Easter celebration at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 20. She wore a J. Crew sweater set, a printed skirt, lavendar flats, and topped off the look with a string of pearls.

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That’s a Wrap

Michelle Obama donned a printed wrap dress while speaking about health initiatives and childhood obsesity at the Building a Healthier Future Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on March 8.

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La Vie en Rose

FLOTUS glowed in a silky, rose-patterned sheath while speaking to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 25.

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Oscar Moment

Michelle Obama shocked audiences when she made a surprise cameo by video screen at the 2013 Academy Awards on February 24. The first lady shined in a custom silver Naeem Khan gown, which she wore earlier that same evening to the governors’ dinner at the White House.

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Official Portrait

For her second official White House portrait, the FLOTUS posed in a navy ribbed dress and showcased her now signature bangs in the historic Green Room.

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State of the Wu

Third time's the charm for Jason Wu: the FLOTUS wore the Taiwanese-Canadian designer, whom she catapulted to fame with her inaugural gown in 2008, to yet another high-profile event, the State of the Union Message, on February 12. This time around, she chose an empire-waist oxblood and black A-line number.

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Call to Prayer

Michelle Obama wore a green cap-sleeve dress and a sparkling brooch—and showcased her signature toned arms—while accompanying the president to the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton on February 7.

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Inaugural Celebration

The first lady wore a ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu, the same designer who created her white gown for Obama's first inaugural. She wore it with Jimmy Choo shoes and a diamond-embellished ring by Kimberly McDonald.

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Inaugural Blues

Mrs. Obama wore a navy Thom Browne coat and dress custom-made for her from the fabric used for men's silk neckties.

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to speak to supporters and donors at an inaugural reception January 20 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Blue Mood

For the president's official swearing-in January 20 in the Blue Room, the first lady wore a blue Reed Krakoff dress that almost perfectly matched the carpet and curtains.

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Birthday Bangs

Michelle Obama celebrated her 49th birthday January 17 with a new hairstyle: a shoulder-length cut with youthful bangs. She used her new Twitter account to unveil her look, tweeting a photo of herself wearing a Zac Posen knit dress while meeting with inaugural citizen co-chair David Hall.

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Home Sweet Home

Wearing a purple scarf and black jacket, Michelle Obama walked with her daughter Sasha at the White House upon returning from Christmas vacation on Jan. 6.

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Homeward Bound

Wearing a Merona print dress from Target and Flare Fitflop sandals, Michelle looked relaxed as she and President Obama prepared to return to Washington at the end of their Hawaiian Christmas vacation on January 5.

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Christmas Day

Michelle Obama wore a black and white Narcisco dress and bright nail polish, as President Obama addressed military personnel before Christmas dinner at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

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Christmas Cheer

Michelle Obama wore a blush-colored Byron Lars dress with a vintage jeweled House of Lavande belt during the “Christmas in Washington” television special on December 9. Michelle was accompanied on stage by her mother, Marian Robinson, and singers Demi Lovato, Chris Mann, and Diana Ross.

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Let There Be Light

For the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6, Michelle Obama stayed warm in a blue J. Crew wool coat.

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Gala Glow

Michelle Obama shined in this Michael Kors gold lamé chiffon encrusted shoulder gown at a White House event before heading to the Kennedy Center Honors gala on December 2.

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Gold Hostess

Wearing a gold silk lurex suit from Michael Kors, Michelle Obama welcomed visitors to the White House to view the 2012 holiday decorations on November 28. Gold ensembles are a favorite of the first lady’s during the holiday season.

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Welcoming Committee

Michelle Obama looked festive in her black belted cardigan, red floral skirt, and boots. The family’s dog Bo was also on hand to welcome the official White House Christmas tree on November 23.

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Colorful Remarks

For her speech at the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities award ceremony on November 19, Michelle Obama wore an amethyst-, charcoal-, and cream-colored geometric print dress from Zero+Maria Cornejo. She paired the dress with a pair of ankle-strap pumps.

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Victory Lap

For her return to Washington on November 7 after her husband’s reelection, Michelle Obama wore her favorite Duro Olowu wool and silk coat with an Alaïa belt.


Sign, Sealed, Delivered

First lady Michelle Obama celebrated her husband’s victory as he was reelected November 6, 2012. The first lady wore a black cardigan over a purple Michael Kors dress that she originally wore two years ago.

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The Final Countdown

Michelle and President Obama held their final campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 5, 2012, the night before the election. Michelle wore a black coat with a purple scarf and a brooch.

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Sunshine State

On November 1, 2012, just nights before the election, Michelle Obama wore a purple, floral-print Moschino dress to a campaign rally at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.


Viva Las Vegas

Michelle Obama was campaigning in the battleground state of state of Nevada on October 26, 2012, and wore a black lace Rachel Roy dress.


What Can Browne Do for You?

First lady Michelle Obama wore a gray Thom Browne dress with black lace and a belt at the year’s third and final presidential election in Boca Raton, Florida, on October 22, 2012.

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Early Bird

Michelle Obama showed up to a campaign rally in Racine, Wisconsin, on October 19, 2012, and encouraged voters to hit the polls early. The first lady wore a BCBG Max Azria Breona geometric jacquard dress.

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Live with Kelly, Michael, and Prabal Gurung

The first lady stopped by for an appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael wearing a Prabal Gurung dress. Obama has previously worn Gurung’s work to major events like the 2011 Governor’s Ball.

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Pink Ladies

The first lady wore a neon pink boucle suit by Michael Kors to the debate on October 16, 2012—the same color Ann Romney wore.

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Another Wu

Michelle Obama wore a custom-made swirl texture dress by Miss Wu—Jason Wu's contemporary upcoming line, which will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom and in January—while campaigning in North Carolina on October 16.

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Pristine in Preen

At the first presidential debate, held at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012, first lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in a purple Preen dress and jacket.

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A New Wu

The first lady was the first celebrity to be photographed wearing Miss Wu, Jason Wu's contemporary label that hits stores in January, at a campaign event in Cincinnati on Wednesday. 

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Suited for Success

Michelle Obama showed up to a rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls wearing a dark green jacket with a striped shirt, black pants, and a Miriam Haskell necklace.

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Golden Year

First lady Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless turquoise dress and a couple of multicolored beaded necklaces as she and President Obama honored the American athletes from the Olympics and the Paralympics.


Flower Power

Michelle Obama showed up at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia for a campaign event a wore this multi-print Duro Olowu dress.

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DNC Night 2

In a custom-designed dress from Thom Browne's Pre-Spring 2013 collection, first lady Michelle Obama and her brother, Craig Robinson, applaud a speaker on the second night at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, 2012.

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Pretty in Pink

Wearing a stunning Tracy Reese dress with a pair of J. Crew Everly suede pumps, first lady Michelle Obama acknowledges supporters at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012, the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

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At the DNC

First lady Michelle Obama wore a DVF graphic-print dress on September 3, 2012, before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Literary Lady

Sporting neutral tones, Michelle Obama wore a J. Crew No. 2 pencil skirt with a Brooks Brothers short-sleeve silk cotton keyhole sweater. She accessorized with an Alexis Bittar floral brooch and nude sling backs. The first lady greeted children before signing her new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, on June 12, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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America’s Sweetheart

Not one to be afraid of combining bright colors, Michelle Obama paired a pink skirt with a green Ann Taylor jewel neck shell and topped her outfit with a Jason Wu handbag. She hugged a little girl when she visited Mom’s Apple Pie Bakery on her husband’s campaign trail on June 7, 2012.

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A Mother to All

Looking bright and trendy in a Rachel Roy frock, Michelle Obama honored military spouses in support of military families celebrating Mother’s Day on May 10, 2012, in the State Dining Room at the White House.

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Behind the Blue

Leaving the White House on May 5, 2012, for the first official campaign rallies and heading to Ohio and Virginia, Michelle Obama wore a blue number with matching kitten heels, a beige satchel, and a turquoise Erickson Beamon pin.

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The Big Three

A yellow jacket, a red top, and purple pants—Michelle Obama sure loves color. Here, her daughter Sasha and her husband join her for a book reading of Where the Wild Things Are during the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 9, 2012.

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A Kid Again

Sandwiched in between Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman and Deborah Dauman, Michelle Obama shined in a Wes Gordon houndstooth tunic paired with silver metallic Helmut Lang jeans at Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards on March 31, 2012.

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The Rich and Powerful

Dripping in strands of Tim Binns pearls, Michelle Obama teamed her statement necklaces with a navy blue Marchesa gown. She posed with Samantha Cameron, who wore Alessandra Rich. Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama stood to her left at a state dinner on March 14, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Dressed to Impress

Earlier that same day, Michelle Obama waved to a crowd at an official arrival ceremony in Washington, D.C., wearing a Zac Posen light blue dress and accompanying jacket that she teamed with shiny silver pumps. Samantha Cameron wore a Roksanda Illincic tri-color dress with an Emilia Wickstead navy belt and LK Bennett blue suede pumps.

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With the VP’s Wife

Supporting military-spouse employment and sitting side by side with Jill Biden, Michelle Obama donned a light brown Moschino frock topped with a light cardigan in Virginia on February 15, 2012.

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We Can Do It

Michelle Obama stood out in a bright orange Ann Taylor coat and neon yellow top as she gave a speech highlighting increased access to healthy food in underserved communities on February 1, 2012, in California.

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Show Me Some Love

Sporting an intricate detailed black quarter-sleeve top and simple black trousers, Michelle Obama joined iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove at a special military-family screening of Cosgrove’s Nickelodeon TV series on January 13, 2012, in Virginia.

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A Family Affair

The Obama family cozied up in knits and leather gloves as they walked across the White House to St. John’s Church for Sunday mass on December 11, 2011. Michelle Obama wore a gray dress and matching coat with a few strands of pearls and knee-high black suede boots.   

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Aloha Aloha

Baring her shoulders in a Vera Wang faille dress, Michelle Obama mingled with the wife of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit dinner on November 12, 2011, in Waikiki, Hawaii.   

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Game On

Looking cute in a Sonia by Sonia Rykiel heart intarsia sweater and black trousers, Michelle Obama walked hand in hand with President Obama to the start of a NCAA men’s college basketball game on November 11, 2011, in California.   

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Modern Michelle

Korea’s first lady Kim Yoon-Ok donned a traditional Korean dress while Michelle Obama wore a modern deep purple one-shoulder gown designed by Korean-American designer Doo-Ri Chung. Both women and their husbands posed for cameras before attending a state dinner on October 13, 2011, in Washington, D.C.  

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Another Gala, Another Dress

Michelle Obama attended the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 34th annual awards gala donning a strapless shimmery green Chris Benz dress. She pulled back her hair and accessorized with dangling earrings on September 14, 2011, in Washington, D.C. 

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A Day of Honor

Michelle and Barack Obama commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The first lady wore a belted charcoal black dress with a onyx-colored knee-length coat.

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First-Lady Fashion

Michelle Obama visited Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach as part of her Joining Forces initiative, which aims to support military families. She toured a summer camp for military kids and then welcomed military families to a free screening of the new Harry Potter movie at the base's theater.

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First-Lady Fashion

First lady Michelle Obama waves as she enters the Jubilee House during the taping of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on July 21, 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama walks with Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel as she visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

First lady Michelle Obama joined leaders from major retailers, foundations and small businesses announcing commitments that will provide access to healthy, affordable food to millions of people in underserved communities in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

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A Family Affair

The Obama family cozied up in knits and leather gloves as they walked across the White House to St. John’s Church for Sunday Mass on December 11, 2011. Michelle Obama wore a gray dress and matching coat with a few strands of pearls and knee high black suede boots.   

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First Lady Fashion

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome military families to an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 4, 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

First lady Michelle Obama watches as traditional dancers perform upon her arrival in Gaborone, Botswana, Friday, June 24, 2011. At left is her mother Marian Robinson.

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Michelle Obama Botswana

The First Lady wore Alexander Wang “doodle print jeans” to paint a mural with school children in Gaborone, Botswana on June 24, 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

First lady Michelle Obama moves a ball around cones as she participates in youth activities raising awareness for HIV prevention at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, June 23, 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

Michelle Obama and Desmond Tutu arriving at the soccer event for South African youth at Cape Town Stadium. -- First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama visited, together with ex-Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Cape Town Stadium for a soccer event with young people. South Africa. 23rd June 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

First lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, march with children during their visit to the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

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First Lady Fashion

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at Mandela's home in Houghton, South Africa, June 21, 2011.

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First Lady Michelle Obama has coffee with the Queen of Denmark Margethe II in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, June 8, 2011.

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Beads and Bedhead

At the State Dinner honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, the First Lady wore a crystal beaded dress by Naeem Khan, a wristful of Alexis Bittar bracelets, and a head full of messy curls.

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Modern Silhouette

At the dinner for the Pritzker Architecture Prize Event June 2, the First Lady wore a sleek blue halter gown by Reed Krakoff.

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Gone With The Wind

To depart London on May 26, Obama wears a Peter Som Fall 2010 dress and custom coat, which billowed out behind her.

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Showing Some Shoulder

The President and First Lady hosted a "reciprocal dinner" for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Winfield House in London. She wears an off-the-shoulder black Ralph Lauren gown paired with Tom Binns jewelry.

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Fit For A Queen

To greet the Queen at the State Banquet in London on May 24, Michelle Obama wore an ivory Tom Ford gown with long white gloves.

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Grey and White

At a Mother's Day event in the East Room of the White House on May 6, the First Lady wore a belted Ports 1961 dress and Erickson Beamon brooch.

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Spring Flowers

At the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 25, 2011, Michelle Obama wore the Spring 2011 "Safflower Dress" by Tracy Reese.

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Pink Ladies

Michelle Obama joined the President, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden to launch Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families. The First Lady wore a coral sheath dress and one-button blazer by Michael Kors.

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Cool and Casual

The first lady, in cargo pants and a long tank top, arrived at the airport in San Salvador on March 23, 2011.

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Violets and Roses

For their arrival in El Salvador on March 22, 2011, Michelle Obama wore a purple floral Jason Wu dress with an Alexis Bittar pin.

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Lady in Red

Michelle Obama wore a red dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen for the State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao for at the White House on January 19, 2011.

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Correspondents' Dinner

With the president as they attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington on April 30, 2011.

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Holiday Dress

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at a reception for the recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House in Washington in December 2010.

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Dancing in Tweed

First Lady Michelle Obama dances with school children during the Diwali festival at at Holy Name High School in Mumbai, India on Nov. 7, 2010.

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Statement Necklace

Obama looked chic in a Donna Karan halter dress and necklace by Erickson Beamon onstage at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Oct. 18, 2010.

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Going Bold

The first lady spoke at a campaign event for Sen. Russ Feingold in a bright pink dress by Talbots and a St. Erasmus necklace in Milwaukee on Oct. 13, 2010.

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Prim & Proper

The first Lady wore a Maria Pinto red sheath dress and a diamond brooch to the Medal of Honor ceremony in the White House on Oct. 6, 2010.

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Spring in Her Step

Obama wore a bright green floral dress by Barbara Tfank as she walked along the colonnade of the White House with the president on Sept. 21, 2010.

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Summer Whites

The first lady returned to the White House from her trip to Spain in a white linen dress with bell sleeves and a pair of simple white bangles. The president also wore a white linen button-down shirt, and Sasha paired pearls with a white linen tunic with pom-poms and white leggings.

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Official Visit

Sasha and Michelle both wore beach-colored linen while meeting with King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, and Princess Letizia of Spain in Mallorca on August 8, 2010.

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Printed Matter

Obama wore a one-shouldered graphic top by Jean-Paul Gaultier on Aug. 4, 2010 while vacationing in Marbella, Spain.

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Bright and Light

Mrs. Obama wore a vibrant Thakoon shift to attend a celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 5, 2010.

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Roaring Red

Mrs. O wore a sleek red dress by hot-shot young designer Prabal Gurung to the White House Correspondents' Dinner on May 1, 2010.

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Spring Floral

Obama wore a classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress while visiting with Mexico’s first lady Margarita Zavala at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, on April 14, 2010.

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All in a Bow

Obama wore a dramatic L’Wren Scott blouse during a speech about fitness and obesity in children at the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science Forum meeting in Washington, on March 16, 2010.

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Pop of Color

Mrs. O wore a sleek shift dress by Jason Wu in Rome on July 8, 2009.

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Layered Look

Obama earned her place at the top of every fashionista's list when she appeared during her first overseas trip wearing this black bell-shaped Azzedine Alaïa cocktail dress.

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Playing it Simple

The first lady tossed a black Azzedine Alaïa cardigan over her sleeveless Isabel Toledo dress to meet with Gordon and Sarah Brown at 10 Downing.

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Blue Mood

Obama looked fit to tango in a full blue dress as she arrived in Mexico City on April 13, 2010. She paired the dress with red ballet flats and an armful of bangles by Monique Péan & Mark Davis For Monique Péan Jewelry.

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Stunning and Simple

Not since Audrey Hepburn wore Givenchy in Funny Face has a woman looked so stunning in something so simple. Michelle addressed Time’s 100 Most Influential People event in a black Michael Kors dress with a corset belt by Peter Soronen in May, 2009.

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On the Field

To promote her Let's Move campaign, Obama wore white jeans, a printed top, a pair of Converse sneakers, and beaded bracelets to play baseball with members of the Baltimore Boys and Girls Club on July 20.

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Starry Night

Michelle wore a multistrand pearl and crystal Tom Binns necklace with her Peter Soronen sequined gown to the Governors’ Ball in February 2010.

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Simple Structure

The first lady wore a stone-colored cropped jacket with a silver Givenchy belt to a speech at the Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo Community Health Center on June 29, 2009.

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Pretty in Peach

Outfitted in a pair of peach-colored jeans and a matching sweater set, Michelle walked to the garden at the White House to harvest vegetables with fifth-graders from Bancroft Elementary School on June 16, 2009.

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All Aglow

The first lady wore this stunning gold gown by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan to the Obama’s first State Dinner on November 24, 2009.

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Hint of Color

Women have always shunned horizontal stripes—until Michelle showed them how it was done. Here, the first lady wears a Sophie Theallet striped shirtdress in April 2009.

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Pink Lady

During President Obama's health-care speech during a joint session of Congress, the first lady wore a pink pleated skirt suit and a jeweled brooch.

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Outside the Box

Obama wore this critically panned ensemble while posing with Sarah Brown, wife of the British prime minister, when the G-20 spouses visited the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on April 2, 2009, in London.

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Official Portrait

The first lady wore a simple Michael Kors dress for her official portrait in the Blue Room of the White House in February 2009.

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Dress to Remember

Designer Jason Wu was catapulted to fashion royalty after Michelle wore his asymmetrical silk chiffon dress on the president’s Inauguration night.

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A Historic Night

Mrs. Obama wore a Rodriguez dress on election night, November 4, 2008, to the victory party in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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DNC Night 3

Surrounded by her family, First Lady Michelle Obama beams at the crowd after Obama's acceptance speech on the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

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Having a Ball

At the 2005 Legends Ball hosted by Oprah Winfrey in Santa Barbara, Calif. Michelle is wearing a gown designed by Maria Pinto.

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Swearing In

The Obama family during a mock swearing-in on Capitol Hill in January, 2005.

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Senate Days

On Election Day in 2004 with her husband and their daughter Sasha.

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Wedding Day

In Chicago with Barack Obama on their wedding day, Oct. 18, 1992.