Here Are Michelle Obama’s 8 Best Fashion Moments

The country has welcomed a new first family, and many are already missing Michelle Obama. From starting her own initiatives like Reach Higher to her epic speech at last year’s Democratic National Convention, she was the epitome of a fantastic first lady. Plus, she’s insanely stylish. To celebrate her eight glorious years as first lady, here are eight of her best fashion moments.

1. 2009: Inaugural Ball

US First Lady Michelle Obama waves at the Southern Regional Inaugural Ball

Michelle Obama waves at the Southern Regional Inaugural Ball. | Saul Loeb/Getty Image

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The president hadn’t even been in the Oval Office for a full day when the first lady became America’s new favorite fashionista. The dainty appliqués on her gown were perfect for such a historic day, and the asymmetrical neckline offered a modern twist without looking too trendy. This dress was designed by New York designer Jason Wu, and this look single-handedly kick-started his career. After Obama wore this gown, Jason Wu went on to be one of the hottest designers at New York Fashion Week, and even developed a capsule collaboration with Target.

2. 2013: Inauguration Parade

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama walk in the parade. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

On a particularly cold day, opting for a statement — and warm — jacket can add some much-needed energy to your outfit. In addition to selecting a geometric Thom Browne coat, Obama also added a bejeweled belt and purple gloves to the mix. Now that’s how you look photo-ready this winter. Plus, this coat hits nicely above her knees, which elongates her legs and is very flattering.

3. 2013: Inaugural Ball

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama wave to the crowd. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Another Inaugural Ball, another stunning Jason Wu frock. This one, however, is different from Obama’s ethereal gown four years prior. This fiery red halter is cool, but event-appropriate, and her hair — which is usually blown dry to perfection — boasts some subtle beach waves. With the exception of a wrist of sparkling bangles, Obama opted for minimal accessories to keep the attention on this striking look.

4. 2015: Arriving in Tokyo

US First Lady Michelle Obama waves upon her arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo

Michelle Obama waves as she arrives in Tokyo. | Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images

File this look under “yet another miraculous moment from Michelle Obama.” The sad truth is most of us wouldn’t look good in this look. Between the bright neon shade, lively pattern, and full skirt, many would look like they’re trying too hard. Not her, of course. While she does manage to wear every look with complete confidence and control — no matter how many colors and prints are involved — the accessories added to this Kenzo dress are brilliant. By sticking with a subtle pump and adding a metallic belt to the mix, the print looks a lot softer than if she were to wear the dress as is.

5. 2015: Whitney Museum Dedication Ceremony

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City

Michelle Obama looked gorgeous at the museum. | Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

Never underestimate the power of a strong print. Though it’s not one of her iconic, high-profile looks — Obama wore this Thakoon number to the Whitney Museum Dedication Ceremony in New York City last year — this getup is pretty fantastic. If it weren’t for the whimsical florals, this would’ve been another standard frock. However, this print adds a hint of romanticism to such a simple silhouette. To tie the look together, Obama paired this dress with simple black pumps, dainty earrings, and a poppy lip.

6. 2015: Welcoming the White House Christmas tree

US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes the Official White House Christmas Tree

Michelle Obama welcomes the official White House Christmas tree. | Yuri Gripas/Getty Images

While Obama is known for wearing tasteful dresses to appearances, she knows how to rock some pants, too. Last year, she welcomed the White House’s official Christmas tree in a pair of flattering slacks and a mod, button-up blazer. Though she strayed away from her signature formula, she looked just as polished and modern as always. It’s safe to say Jackie O. and Michelle O. have very different styles, but we’d like to think Obama channels the former first lady with this ensemble.

7. 2016: State of the Union

US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) waves, with Jill Biden (R) wife of US Vice President Joe Biden

Michelle Obama looked incredible here. | Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Obama’s sartorial influence spreads beyond fashion blogs and glossy magazines: Real women want to dress like her, too. Everyone knows a leader’s State of the Union address prioritizes global affairs and our country’s morale, not fashion. Yet when former President Obama delivered his final address, the cheery Narciso Rodriguez dress she wore to the occasion was sold out before the speech was over. While a mac-n-cheese yellow isn’t universally flattering, Obama wore it so well viewers couldn’t resist adding it to their e-carts.

8. 2016: Democratic National Convention

First lady Michelle Obama walks on stage

Michelle Obama looked stunning in blue. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Anyone can look nice in a set of versatile neutrals, but a true trendsetter experiments with color — and looks good doing it. Take last year’s Democratic National Convention, where Obama sported a belted Christian Siriano dress. What made this look wasn’t the sweet — but slightly predictable — silhouette, it was that daring cobalt blue shade. Of course, this isn’t her first foray into color theory: Whether she was sitting on the sidelines at a presidential debate or headed to a stately gala, this first lady never shied away from a bright hue.

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