Obama breathed new life into the most traditional of heirloom accessories by choosing updated interpretations of the classic pearl necklace, which have included the edgy (tangled strands of blue-tone pearls by L.A.-based designer Tom Binns worn with a
Obama has used belts to enhance the fit 'n' flare silhouette of her clothing and to accent her small waist. Two of her favorites are a clear plastic belt by
Daring nail polish
She's worn her fair share of understated pale pink polish but has also tried more daring colors, giving women of all ages permission to do the same without fear of not being taken seriously. The gray-lilac nail color Obama wore while giving a speech at the
Brooches are no longer an old lady accessory, thanks to Obama, who has treated them in a casual, modern way. For a state dinner preview in March 2012, for example, she wore an elaborate Saloni bird brooch clipped to the neckline of a simple pale gray
Obama replaced the traditional uniform of Washington power women — the jacket — with soft cardigans, proving that femininity can also be powerful. She has worn cardigans in every color of the rainbow, in shrugs, cropped and long lengths. Among the notables are the sparkly sequin cream
Some wondered whether the
Not one to be held hostage by shoe trends — or to hobble around in too-high heels — Obama has stuck with her tried-and-true kitten heels by J. Crew and Jimmy Choo. The lesson? Following the whims of fashion should be secondary to what works for you.