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Michelle Obama fashion
The first lady in Tom Ford

In this May 24, 2011, photo with Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, Michelle Obama is wearing a white gown by American designer Tom Ford, who has a home in London. 

 (Larry Downing / Associated Press)
Michelle Obama Wows in Wu

For the state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, FLOTUS chose a full-length strapless gown in navy-blue silk with a yellow and red floral print by Taiwan-born, Canada-raised designer Jason Wu.

 (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Vera Wang Collection

For the Sept. 25, 2015, state dinner honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first lady went with a black silk crepe mermaid gown by Vera Wang, an American designer whose parents had immigrated from China.

 (Steve Helber / Associated Press)
Michelle Obama at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

First Lady Michelle Obama and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, visit the National Zoo in Washington on Sept. 25, 2015.

 (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)
Michelle Obama welcomes Pope Francis

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives to welcome Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington D.C., on Sept. 22, 2015. 

 (Olivier Douliery / Pool)
Michelle Obama at Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington on Sept. 19, 2015.

 (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Michelle Obama at Howard Community College

Michelle Obama waves to students after a visit to Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., on Sept. 17, 2015.

 (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
Michelle Obama meets with Spanish Queen Letizia

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Spanish Queen Letizia at the White House on Sept. 15, 2015.

 (Juanjo Martin / Pool )
Michelle Obama September 11 Attacks Anniversary

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand on the White House lawn as Taps is played on the 14th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2015.

 (Kevin Dietsch / Pool)
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Michelle Obama greets local school children before reading a Dr. Seuss book to them in the White House as part of the “Let’s Read, Let’s Move” initiative on January 21, 2015.  (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Michael Kors

Michael Kors was one of the American designers well-represented in Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. Here she attends the 2015 State of the Union address in a gray skirt suit by Kors. 

 (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
Anthony Brown rally
The first lady speaks during a rally for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at the War Memorial Building Nov. 3, 2014 in Baltimore.  (Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images)
The Right to Bare Arms

Arm-baring looks were a FLOTUS favorite. In this photo she’s speaking during the Fashion Education Workshop at the White House on Oct. 8, 2014.

 (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Women Veterans Career Development Forum
The first lady speaks at the Women Veterans Career Development Forum at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Nov. 9 in Arlington, Va.  (Paul Morigi / Getty Images for BPW Foundation)
Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness
Michelle Obama announces the creation of the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness in the East Room of the White House June 4, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
“Performance at the White House” series
Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a workshop titled “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul” in the State Dining Room at the White House March 6, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
FLOTUS in Carolina Herrera

For a state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande, FLOTUS wore a Carolina Herrera gown with a black lace top and full taffeta skirt in periwinkle bue.

 (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
“Let Freedom Ring Celebration”
The first lady chooses a subtle, conservative dress with flower pin for the “Let Freedom Ring Celebration” honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in January.  (Pool / Getty Images)
Speaking to volunteers in D.C.
First Lady Michelle Obama, in a casual print top, textured leather jacket and dark jeans, and daughter Malia listen as President Obama speaks to volunteers at the Browne Education Center in Washington in January of 2012. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
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The first lady, in an elegant one-shoulder red gown, introduces BET honoree Maya Angelou during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington in January 2012. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
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First Lady Michelle Obama wears a peach suit at a White House news conference in April 2011. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
White House Correspondents Dinner
First Lady Michelle Obama is dressed in elegant American style at the 2009 White House correspondents dinner in a mauve-chocolate empire-waist gown accessorized by multiple bracelets and necklaces. She wears her hair in flattering loose curls. (Pool / Getty Images)
New hairstyle
First Lady Michelle Obama, with President Obama, is dressed in traditional somber attire for the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s mother in 2010, but she also shows off a new bobbed hairstyle. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images)
Remarks on health insurance reform
What’s black and white and green over the shoulders? Obama’s outfit during her speech on healthcare legislation at the White House in 2009. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Hawaii
Michelle Obama leaves Alan Wong’s Restaurant after having dinner with family and friends in Honolulu in 2009. Christmas vacation in Hawaii is a tradition for the Obama family. Her black flats are from Maison Martin Margiela. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Narciso Rodriguez on Vacation

While on winter holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama -- pictured here with daughter Sasha -- stayed casual with wardrobe items like this blue Narciso Rodriguez shirtdress.

 (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Azzedine Alaia for Christmas

First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama pose with Oprah Winfrey in the Blue Room of the White House during a taping of the ABC special, “Christmas at the White House.” Michelle wore a purple velvet Azzedine Alaïa number.

 (Pete Souza / Associated Press)
South Lawn
The first lady wears Narciso Rodriguez as she walks with President Obama on the South Lawn after returning from a trip to Oslo, Norway where the president accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Azzedine Alaia in Oslo
Mrs. Obama, wearing Azzedine Alaia, smiles from behind bullet-proof glass on the balcony of the Grand Hotel after waving to the crowds who had gathered outside for the traditional Nobel Peace Prize torchlight procession in Oslo, Norway. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
Azzedine Alaia for the Nobel banquet
Michelle Obama, wearing a pale blue Azzedine Alaia gown, arrives at the Nobel banquet in Oslo. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)
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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at the Royal Palace in Oslo, prior to the Nobel ceremony in City Hall. (Lise Aserud / Associated Press)
Nobel Peace Prize
The first lady wears a purple coat designed by Narciso Rodriguez as she disembarks with President Barack Obama in the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.  (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Game on with Naeem Khan

For the first state dinner of the Obama administration, honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur, the first lady wore a Champagne-colored strapless gown gleaming with silver floral appliqué by Mumbai-born, New York based, Indian American designer Naeem Khan. 

 (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)
State Dinner
The first lady -- in a J.Crew cardigan and Rachel Roy skirt -- arrives to speak at a preview for a 2009 State Dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)
Mrs. O in Isaac Mizrahi

Michelle Obama, in a burnt-orange Isaac Mizrahi ensemble, stands with Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Indian prime minister, during an arrival ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

 (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Afternoon tea in Anne Klein

The first lady wears a lilac Anne Klein New York number to afternoon tea in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 18, 2009.

 (Haraz N. Ghanbari / Associated Press)
Service Nation
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden at a Service Nation event at George Washington University. Obama wore gray pants with a belted white-and-gray-patterned top. (Kris Connor / Getty Images)
High Meets Low

Mrs. Obama made the mixing of high and low a wardrobe signature. Here she belts a blue J. Crew coat over a Maria Pinto dress for the 2009 Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

 (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Classical music
Who says it always has to be a designer gown? The first lady wears Talbots to an event celebrating classical music in the East Room of the White House. (Tim Sloan / AFP/Getty Images)
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Michelle Obama smiles as an award recipient curtsies during the presentation of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Coming Up Taller Awards. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)
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A wide, detailed belt holds the first lady’s animal-print cardigan in place during a White House leadership and mentoring event. (Haraz N. Ghanbari / Associated Press)
Halloween
The first lady is spotted in the popular animal-print trend as she hands out candy to White House trick-or-treaters. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Fall Harvest
How does your garden grow? The first lady holds a sweet potato during fall harvest of the White House vegetable garden. (Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images)
Glamour
Michelle Obama graces the cover of Glamour for the magazine’s December 2009 Women of the Year issue. (Associated Press)
South Lawn
Wearing one of her trademark cardigans, Michelle Obama runs barefoot on an obstacle course on the South Lawn of the White House in October 2009, during an event promoting exercise and healthy eating for children. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Belted again but hardly casual, First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington in October 2009. Alan Zanella, a retired Marine, stands with her. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Miami Dade College
The first lady addresses guests during the Miami Dade College Florida Campus Compact’s annual Awards Gala and Luncheon in Miami in October 2009 (Alan Diaz / Associated Press)
Department of Health and Human Services
Mrs. Obama speaks about health care for children at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington in October 2009. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
St. John’s Church
Michelle and Malia Obama walk back to the White House in October 2009 after attending a prayer service at St. John’s Church nearby. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Star gazing
The Obamas stargaze at the White House with area middle-school students and former astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride. (Martin H. Simon -Pool / Getty Images)
17th Anniversary
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, in a black halter dress, leave the Blueduck Tavern in Washington, D.C., after celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary. (Olivier Douliery / EPA)
2016 Summer Olympics
The first lady wears a Liz Claiborne New York on her return trip to the White House after she went to Copenhagen to try to secure Chicago as the place for the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Michael Reynolds / EPA)
2016 Summer Olympics
Michelle Obama, dressed in yellow, says hello to the International Olympic Committee members during the Chicago 2016 presentation on Oct. 2, 2009, at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen. (John Gichigi / Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey
The first lady and Oprah Winfrey chat at the opening ceremony of the 121st International Olympic Committee session at the Copenhagen Opera House on October 2009. (Charles Dharapak / Getty Images)
Chicago 2016
Michelle Obama waves as she arrives at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen for a meeting with Denmark’s Queen Margrethe as part of Chicago 2016, a group that was trying to bring the 2016 Summer Olympic games to Chicago. (Tariq Mikkel Khan / Associated Press)
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The first lady dons a black and white Jason Wu suit as she arrives in Copenhagen at the end of September 2009 to work with Chicago 2016 to win the Olympic bid. (Michael Tercha/ Chicago Tribune)
A First Lady Favorite

First Lady Michelle Obama turned to Jason Wu -- one of her go-to designers -- for this detailed black sleeveless dress she wore to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Awards on Sept. 26, 2009.

 (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)
South Lawn
One cannot survive on designer evening wear alone. Michelle Obama takes a casual stroll with family dog Bo on the South Lawn of the White House. (Olivier Doulier / Getty Images)
Zero + Maria Cornejo = G-20

Michelle Obama -- in a Zero + Maria Cornejo dress -- chats with Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedeva at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, 2009, the second day of a G-20 Summit.

 

 (Mikhail Klimentyev / Ria Novosti / EPA)
Thakoon for the G-20 Summit
The Obamas -- she in Thakoon -- welcome Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he arrives for the G-20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh in September 2009. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
DVF for the Disembarkment

Michelle Obama in a polka-dotted Diane von Furstenberg dress at the Pittsburgh International Airport in September 2009, before her husband attends the G20 Summit in town.

 (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)
Colorful Kors

The first lady wore a shiny red Michael Kors number when her husband spoke at the 64th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters.

 (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
Farmers Market
The first lady chats with vendors at the opening of the Freshfarm Market’s new farmers market on Vermont Avenue near the White House. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)
Favoring Florals

The first lady turned out to be a big fan of the floral print. Here the Obamas arrive for the Medal of Honor ceremony for U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jared C. Monti at the White House Rose Garden. 

 (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Michelle Obama sparkles at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute dinner in September 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Dennis Brack-Pool / Getty Images)
Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid

Michelle Obama paired a patterned skirt with a yellow top (yellow being one of her signature hues) and a turquoise cardigan for an event  supporting Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid on Sept. 16, 2009.

 (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Moschino on the Hill
The first lady, wearing a Moschino skirt and jacket -- pinned with a Sonia Rykiel pansy brooch -- stands with Sen. Edward Kennedy’s widow, Victoria, during President Obama’s speech on healthcare to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill. (Mike Theiler / EPA)
Malia Obama
A tender moment between Michelle and Malia Obama on the White House’s South Lawn after a trip to Camp David in September 2009. (Ron Sachs / Bloomberg)
Kennedy Funeral
The first couple in shades of blue at Logan International Airport in Boston on Aug. 28, 2009, the day before Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s funeral. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Martha’s Vineyard
They can’t all be designer gowns: Michelle Obama goes summer casual in shorts and a tank top at Massachusetts’ Lobsterville Beach on Martha’s Vineyard. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Nancy’s restaurant
Lunch break: The women of the White House wait to eat at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Martha’s Vineyard
Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha work their pre-Labor Day looks as the first family heads to Martha’s Vineyard toward the end of August 2009. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Air Force One
Michelle Obama goes economically as she wears a Merona dress from Target when she and daughter Sasha step off Air Force One at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)
Yellowstone National Park
Michelle Obama bundles up and hugs daughter Sasha while watching Old Faithful errupt in Yellowstone National Park. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Marine One
Michelle Obama dresses casually as she and daughter Malia prepare to board Marine One for a family vacation to Belgrade, Mont. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) escorts First Lady Michelle Obama during a reception for new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the East Room of the White House. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Camp David
The first family gets ready to leave the White House for Camp David. Don’t worry, daughter Sasha came too -- she’s just not pictured. (Ron Sachs / EPA)
Norfolk Naval Station
Flower power: Michelle Obama coordinates the colors of her broach and dress at Virginia’s Norfolk Naval Station in July 2009. (Steve Helber / Associated Press)
Grand Foyer
The couple that dresses alike: Barack and Michelle Obama coordinate color plans during a reception for ambassadors in the Grand Foyer at the White House in July 2009. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Hello Sunshine

When it comes to color, Michelle Obama gravitated toward shades of yellow. Here she speaks at the 10th Design Awards luncheon in the East Room of the White House on July 24, 2009.

 (Chris Kleponis / AFP/Getty Images)
Marine Barracks
The first lady goes for bright shades of pastels at the Evening Parade at the Washington Marine Barracks in July 2009. (Kristoffer Tripplaar / POOL, EPA)
Camp David
Family vacation: The first family goes casual when they return to the White House after a weekend trip to Camp David. (Mike Theiler / Pool via Bloomberg)
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U.S. and Ghanan First Ladies Michelle Obama and Ernestina Naadu Mills in Ghana. (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images)
Air Force One
Michelle Obama was done up in pearls and a Michael Kors dress when the first family disembarked from Air Force One upon arrival in Accra, Ghana, in July 2009. (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)
Vatican

When in Rome: Michelle Obama wore a veil by Italian design house Moschino when she and President Obama went to the the Vatican to meet Pope Benedict XVI.

 (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)
Palazzo del Governo
While in Italy with her husband for the G8 Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama shines in yellow at the Palazzo del Governo of L’Aquila. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images)
More Yellow, More Wu
Michelle Obama, in a yellow Jason Wu sleeveless dress, with Isabella Rauti, left, the wife of Rome’s mayor; Mariastella Gelmini, Italy’s minister of education, and Mara Carfagna, minister for equal opportunities, right. (EPA)
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical
Michelle Obama, in a Jason Wu dress, shakes hands with Russian First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical Theatre in Moscow. (Vladimir Rodionov / AFP / Getty Images)
Moscow
Michelle Obama, in Narciso Rodriguez, arrives in Moscow with her family, including President Obama. (Dimity Kostyukov / AFP / Getty Images)
Signature Look

The Obamas wave from Air Force One before they leave Maryland’s Andrews Air Force Base for a trip to Moscow. The boldly patterned floral dress and yellow cardigan were familiar elements of her look.

 (Luis Alvarez / Associated Press)
Independence Day
Michelle Obama celebrates Independence Day by paying tribute to one of her favorite American designers, Narciso Rodriguez. (Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images)
Bancroft Elementary School
Mrs. Obama wears a Gap cardigan and top as she walks to the White House’s South Lawn to harvest vegetables with fifth-graders from Bancroft Elementary School. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Normandy
Barack Obama lags behind as twinsies Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni stick close together at the Caen Prefecture prior to the commemoration of D-day in Normandy, France. (Stephane De Sakutin / AFP/Getty Images)
Date Night
Barack Obama escorts his first lady to Air Force One for a date night in New York City. Michelle Obama livened up her frilly black dress with a small blue clutch. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Mizrahi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michelle Obama wore purple Isaac Mizrahi when she cut the ribbon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated American Wing.

 (Stan Honda / AFP/Getty Images)
Corporation for National and Community Service
The first lady wore a Jasmin Shokrian skirt when she spoke before the Corporation for National and Community Service at the Ronald Reagan Building in May 2009. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Evening of poetry
When the first family hosted an evening of poetry, music and the spoken word at the White House, Mrs. Obama went for a summery bohemian look with a Japanese-print top from Basso & Brooke’s spring 2009 collection and high-waisted white pants. (Ron Sachs-Pool / Getty Images)
Michae Kors for the Correspondents

Mrs. Obama chats with photographer Dough Mills of the New York Times during the White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner in May. That hot pink number she’s wearing? It’s Michael Kors -- one of the labels frequently worn by the first lady.

 (Mandel Ngania / AFP/Getty Images)
Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World gala
Michelle Obama opts for a sleek black Michael Kors dress for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World gala. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Time Inc.)
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
The floral Tracy Feith dress Michelle Obama wore to the National Prayer Service the day after her husband was sworn in makes a repeat performance when she speaks to employees of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)
Sesame Street
The first lady and Elmo the Muppet appear in a PSA as part of of Sesame Workshop’s Healthy Habits for Life initiative. (Richard Termine / Associated Press)
Capitol Area Food Bank
Michelle Obama came under a bit of scrutiny when she wore $540 Lanvin sneakers to a poverty event at the Capitol Area Food Bank. (Paul Morigi / Getty Images for Sunshine Sachs)
Easter Egg Roll
First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughter Sasha, arrives at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. When an afternoon’s duties involve chasing after children, it’s best to go casual. (Ron Edmonds / Associated Press)
St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Obamas leave St. John’s Episcopal Church on Easter Sunday in 2009. Michelle Obama paired her floral knee-length dress with a cream-colored cardigan and pearls. (Aude Guerrucci / AFP / Getty Images)
Talbots for an Essence Cover

For the May 2009 Essence magazine cover -- with her mother -- Michelle Obama wore a dress from Talbots’ recently made-over line.

 (Timothy White / PRNewsFoto / Essence Magazine)
Prague Castle
The president and first lady share a moment before he speaks near Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. Mrs. Obama is wearing a Moschino bow-front blouse, partly obscured by a belted black cardigan. (Shawn Thew / EPA)
Strasbourg Cathedral
The first lady wears an Alaia suit with articulated seams black flats for her tour of Strasbourg Cathedral with France’s former first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)
Baden-Baden
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at City Hall in Baden-Baden, Germany. The first lady went sleeveless in this all-black number. (Michael Kappeler / AFP / Getty Images)
A Sheath Dress for Strasbourg

During a trip to Strasbourg, France, Mrs. Obama’s shiny rose print sheath dress hugs every curve. According to The Times’ fashion critic Booth Moore, it says: “I’m not afraid to show my sexuality.”

 (Adam Berry / Bloomberg News)
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
The first lady wore a dramatic magenta-and-black dress while meeting with former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, in April 2009. (Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language School
Michelle Obama, wearing a teal dress with an asymmetrical cardigan and her double-strand pearls, greets student Brenda Mensah after the girl sang a song during the first lady’s visit to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language School in London. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister
Mrs. Obama doffs her jacket but keeps the white top, black full skirt and pearls to pose with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife, Sarah, and the president before dining with other G-20 delegates at a dinner cooked by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)
Buckingham Palace
First Lady Michelle Obama arrived for informal tea at Buckingham Palace dressed conservatively in a black cardigan, white top and a black full skirt that appeared to have a tulle overlay. (WPA Pool / Getty Images)
J. Crew Across the Pond

For a breakfast with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife, Sarah, Michelle Obama wore mint-green version of the J. Crew Pembridge-dot pencil skirt and a crystal-studded cardigan. 

 (Leon Neal / EPA)
Chartreuse Wu

Upon landing in Essex, England, on March 31, 2009, the first lady steps out in a chartreuse dress designed by Jason Wu, a name that became familair to FLOTUS fashion followers.

 (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
G-20 Summit
Mrs. Obama took off for the 2009 G-20 summit in London wearing an ivory tulle tweed coat with black grosgrain piping made especially for her by young New York designer Thakoon Panichgul, reports Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
First day in Tracy Feith
The first lady wore a 1950s-style dress by Tracy Feith to the National Prayer Service on Barack Obama’s first day in office.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Inaugural Ball
Jason Wu designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown. The one-shouldered style is sexy and the powdery hue reflects the trends we saw on the 2009 Golden Globes red carpet. (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)
Inauguration Day in Isabel Toledo

For inauguration day 2009, Michelle Obama chose an Isabel Toledo lace-over-wool dress and coat ensemble in a retro “Mad Men” silhouette and strikingly optimistic shade of yellow that fell somewhere between lemon and freshly churned butter.

 (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
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The Times fashion critic, Booth Moore, called the straight-from-the-spring-runway Narciso Rodriguez dress that Michelle Obama wore on election night (which she paired with a black cardigan) “a major statement, the patriotic red bursting out of black like a firecracker out of the night sky.”

 (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Running with the (J.) Crew

Michelle Obama name-checked J.Crew on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” pointing out that she had bought her $148 Pembridge-dot pencil skirt and $89.99 color-block cardigan online. Both styles sold out on J.Crew’s website the next day.

 (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)
On Point in Maria Pinto

Michelle Obama in a Maria Pinto teal sheath dress ($795) and starburst brooch at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 25, 2008.

 (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
A Democratic Conventional Choice

For an appearance on the final evening of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, the future first lady wore a $1,250 rose-print dress by New York based designer Thakoon Panichgul.

 (Jay L. Clendenin)
Women’s economic roundtable
Michelle Obama sported this ensemble at a women’s economic roundtable discussion, and it sums her up perfectly: one part traditional, one part individual. (Ted S. Warren/ Associated Press)
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