Apr 15, 2013

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First Lady of Fashion: Michelle Obama’s Top 25 Looks!

There’s one story that, if true, helps define Michelle Obama’s confidence. One of the President’s security guards told the media in an interview that Michelle and Barack visited Chicago and stopped at a fast food restaurant. Michelle discovered she had gone to school with the restaurant owner. So she went over to chat with her schoolmate, while Barack watched slightly bothered. When she returned to Barack he said, “If you had married that guy you would be the owner of this restaurant.” She replied, “If I married him, he would be the President of the United States.” What a comeback!

One stylish American lawyer and writer, Michelle Obama’s fashion sense is refreshingly relatable, helping women of all walks of life connect with her. Sophisticated A-line and pencil skirts, prim cardigans, arm-barring dresses, energetic tones, youthful prints and astonishing ball gowns – simple silhouettes with royal details are her signature. It took me a while to warm up to the kitten heels and flats, but they’ve become such an integral element of her look that she actually makes them look more appealing. Her style is inviting and natural, just the qualities we desire in a First Lady.

Having worn more than 50 designers as the FLOTUS thus far, her keen interest and support of American classics like J. Crew and New York based designers like Jason Wu and Tracey Reese helps inspire new talent and innovative design in the United States. Jason Wu designed Michelle Obama’s first and second inaugural dresses. Maria Pinto of Chicago is another designer Michelle Obama has supported, in addition to Diane von Furstenberg and Naeem Khan, who she wears frequently to campaign events and fundraisers. Since joining Barack Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, Michelle Obama has been crowned a fashion icon, and she earned it. Take a look:

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 1

What She Wore: A gold lamé chiffon Michael Kors dress with an eloquent jewel encrusted neckline at the Kennedy Center Honors with earrings by Moritz Glik

President Barack Obama Speaks At Annual Phoenix Awards

What She Wore: A black top and sequin fishtail skirt by Michael Kors for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Awards

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 2

What She Wore: A white sleeveless top with an embroidered linen skirt by Talbots topped off with matching shoes and pearls

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 3

What She Wore: A strapless multi-tone abstract print gown by Indian designer Naeem Khan to the White House Corespondents Dinner, pictured here standing beside the hilarious Jimmy Kimmel

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks 5

What She Wore: In a printed top and red-orange skirt suit, the first African American First Lady Michelle Obama meets the first black President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela – they are pictured here with her daughters Sasha and Malia

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 4

What She Wore: A black one shoulder Michael Kors gown with a vintage Dior belt for an East Room dinner with Isreali President Shimon Peres

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 6

What She Wore: A metallic houndstooth print Wes Gordon top and fitted jeans to the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 7 What She Wore: A violet Thakoon shift dress to meet Carla Bruni Sarkozy, wife to the 23rd President of France Nicolas Sarkosy

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 8

What She Wore: A strapless pink and grey dress with a beaded waist to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu, Hawaii pictured with Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 9

What She Wore: An off-the-shoulder pleated bodice Marchesa gown for a State Dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a clever choice since Marchesa is a U.S. label established by British designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 10

What She Wore: A red organza tweed flounce dress by Jason Wu to the President’s State of the Union Address

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 11

What She Wore: A smoke grey and silver beaded dress featuring a square neckline by Naeem Khan at the Governor’s Dinner at the White House

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 12

What She Wore: A paisley and dot print faux wrap dress

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 13

What She Wore: A green, cream and royal blue Preen dress for a sit down with David Letterman

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 15

What She Wore: Pictured with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Michelle Obama wore a custom teal and kelly green Narciso Rodriguez dress

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 16

What She Wore: An A-line checkered coat by Thom Browne with mesh knee high boots by Reed Krakoff and J. Crew belt and gloves

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 17

What She Wore: To a speech at a Miami high school, Michelle Obama chose a green and blue printed dress by Chris Benz and a jeweled vintage belt by House of LaVande

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 19

What She Wore: At a dinner with Queen Elizabeth, Michelle Obama wore a cream crisscross neckline Tom Ford gown – stunning!

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 20

What she wore: A pink multi-tone toile, or pastoral, print Tracey Reese dress paired with J. Crew suede pumps at the Democratic National Convention

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 21

What She Wore: For a second time, Jason Wu designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown, a ruby colored chiffon and velvet piece of art with Jimmy Choo shoes and a handmade diamond embellished ring by Kimberly McDonald

Michelle Obama Second Inaugural Dress Sketch Jason Wu  Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 23

What She Wore: For the April 2013 cover of Vogue, Michelle Obama chose a cerulean blue Reed Krakoff sheath with a touch of purple at the neckline, pulled from her own closet!

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - 24

What She Wore: Designed by Korean designer Doo-Ri Chung, Michelle Obama chose a jewel tone one shoulder floor length dress with an emerald embellished waist belt to the State Dinner with the President and First Lady of Korea

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - Bonus

What She Wore: Obama chose a strapless embroidered gown by Naeem Khan for her first State Dinner with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Michell Obama Top 25 Looks - Bonus 2

What She Wore: A forest green Cushnie et Ochs crepe dress for the “Christmas in Washington” celebration at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks Bonus 3

What She Wore: A Hilary Clinton-esque red pant suit in Botswana during a lively dance ceremony

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What She Wore: A printed silk gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to a State Dinner for China at the White House

Michelle Obama Top 25 Looks - Bonus Look 5

What She Wore: For the medal of honor presentation for US Army Chaplin Emil J. Kapaun, Michelle Obama wore a powder blue sheath dress by Michael Kors

Michelle Obama Quote on Fashion

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