For the past decade, the world has been captivated by Michelle Obama, and not just thanks to her poise and way with words. The former FLOTUS has been blazing an iconic sartorial trail since she was first launched into the world's spotlight. From her very first inaugural dress to a sparkly Versace gown everyone talked about, the former first lady's inspiring fashion has enamored us all. Like no first lady before her, Obama looked to support emerging designers and to pay respects to others through what she wore.
In addition to her clever uses of sartorial opportunities, Obama's colorful sense of style was also just plain fun to see. Whether she was dressed in Jason Wu or J.Crew, we could expect something bright, colorful, and creative. In honor of the former First Lady's impeccable yet accessible taste, we're counting up 10 reasons we love her White House and post–White House style. Read on for a look at what's so special about former first lady Michelle Obama's style.
she makes classic pieces feel fresh
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On Michelle Obama: Cushnie et Ochs dress
As she did here with an LBD, Obama has always excelled at choosing classic pieces that feel fresh.
she knows how to dress for her body
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On Michelle Obama: Jason Wu dress
Obama always dresses in polished figure-flattering pieces that suit her body, like this belted fit-and-flare dress.
she wears designers we love
On Michelle Obama: Jason Wu gown
The FLOTUS proved she's a fashion girl at heart, wearing pieces from designers that we love too.
she has an affinity for sparkle
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On Michelle Obama: Versace gown
We know it, and Michelle does too—a little sparkle can make a big statement.
her off-duty style is memorable too
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On Michelle Obama: Tory Burch dress
We can count on Michelle Obama to knock it out of the park at state functions, but when she's on vacation, her style is equally chic.
She Supports designers on the rise
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On Michelle Obama: Brandon Maxwell gown
One thing we'll definitely miss is the first lady's knack for supporting designers on the rise.
She Isn't Afraid to Take Risks
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On Michelle Obama: Missoni dress
Part of what sets Michelle Obama apart is that she never shies away from eye-catching prints and bold colors. We'll miss seeing her touch down around the world in something fun.
she made fashion diplomatic
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On Michelle Obama: Kenzo dress
One talent of Michelle Obama's is her ability to give fashion a diplomatic twist. By choosing to wear designers with significant ties to an event (like when she wore Kenzo in Japan) is one thing we'll miss seeing.
her iconic moments were plentiful
On Michelle Obama: Tom Ford gown
From her inauguration gowns to her state dinner dresses, we'll miss sighing romantically over her iconic statement looks.
and she weaved in affordable picks too
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On Michelle Obama: J.Crew sweater
One thing we appreciate is that while the first lady rocked designer pieces, she also had a soft spot for affordable brands like J.Crew and H&M.
This post has been updated by Allyson Payer.