The 6 Basics Michelle Obama Has Relied on This Year

Michelle Obama's style after the White House - 2020 outfits


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I don't know about you, but I've been thoroughly enjoying seeing Michelle Obama's real style come to light post–White House. Now able to dress outside of the confines of a politics, Obama has been showing off more creative outfits in recent years. Of course, there was her barnstorming fashion tour—er, I mean, book tour—of 2019, which made many a headline. But in 2020, we've been able to witness Obama's more laidback style. 

Hard at work on her podcast in recent months, Obama has embraced the casualness that an audio-only medium affords. Translation: She's been wearing lots of comfortable pieces, including flowy cardigans, loose-fitting shirts, and more. That said, she is still doing Zoom interviews for television, so she's been pulling out subtly statement-making items for those appearances. Scroll down to shop the basics Michelle Obama has relied on this year. 

1. Short-Sleeve Button-Downs

I promise you'll get a ton of use out of this classic style. 

Yep, I'd also style it with jeans and block-heel sandals right now. 

Bring this top into fall and winter with the addition of wide-leg trousers. 

2. Plaid Shirts

I'll be buying this in a size larger than normal for a laidback look. 

This combines two basics Michelle wears: plaid shirts and short-sleeve button-downs. 

3. Colorful Crewneck Sweaters

Dogs and sweaters—just try to name a better combo.

I've never been unhappy with an Everlane purchase. 

Alert: This is a 100% cashmere sweater on major sale. You know what to do. 

Pastels are always a good idea. 

Hurry: This great sale price won't last forever. 

4. Long Cardigans

This lightweight cardidan is perfect for end-of-summer weather. 

I love how it's styled with all-white pieces here. 

A black cardigan will be one of your hardest-working basics. 

Yet again, H&M comes through with the ultimate wallet-friendly option. 

5. Delicate Gold Jewelry 

Michelle Obama's style after the White House - 2020 outfits


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On Michelle Obama: Nanushka top; By Chari Vote Necklace ($295)

This is the type of necklace you'll never have to take off. 

Proof that dainty jewelry can be big on style. 

Chain necklaces are a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. 

6. Black Blazers

Michelle Obama's style after the White House - 2020 outfits


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It doesn't get any more timeless than a black blazer.

"Boss Blazer" is right there in the name.

I love dressing up a graphic tee and jeans with a sleek, polished blazer.