Rock your own first-class style by taking cues from First Lady Michelle Obama, who has become a fashion icon for her ability to mix high-end designers with mass market staples. Get back to the basics when you’re on a budget by buying items that are timeless and classic.
By Qianna Smith
Deep inky hues in plum and eggplant pop so brilliantly against our brown skin, like this silk dress by Narciso Rodriguez worn in February by the First Lady at President Obama’s first congressional address. Replicate this luxe look for less with this Draped Sleeveless Jersey Knit Dress, $11.50, with ruching below the bust that will give you the appearance of an hourglass figure.
We love Mrs. Obama’s fearless approach to fashion. Proving ho-hum hues are a thing of the past, the First Lady confidently steps forward in vibrant colors and accessories in this Native American shawl worn during a visit to the Department of the Interior. Get the look with this vivid blue pashmina, $44.25, pashminainternational.com.
Always the adventurous fashionista, Mrs. Obama mixes textures and tones to create a look that is perfectly chic for the White House Black History Month Celebration. Like the First Lady, invest in a few timeless pieces such as this teal cardigan, $14.99, dELiA*s.com, or a neutral-colored skirt like the one shown, $39.99, spiegel.com. Note: Make your figure pop with a cinched waist.
It’s time to reach into your grandmother’s old jewelry box because classy sophistication is back. First Lady Michelle Obama, who often dons a bold and beautiful brooch, is this year’s queen of stately style. Join her court with this fashionable Pearl Cluster Brooch, $14.99, pugster.com. Use it as a decorative attachment on a dress or as a pin closure for a cardigan. The little dazzler is sure to transform your outfit into an ultra-elegant ensemble.
Nothing says “regality” better than royal purple. Mrs. Obama glows at the Tribute to International Women of Courage, wearing a chic purple dress and jacket set by Zero + Maria Cornejo. The button closure detailing and accented bow give this classic number an edgier appeal. We adore the combination of this plush purple cardigan(39.50, DELiA*s) with a signature fitted dress($39, newportnews.com). To complete the look, add a matching bow necklace as a cute accent. We’re eyeing this chain link necklace, $42, anthropolgie.com.
Looking gorgeous in green, First Lady Michelle Obama wore an emerald green silk-chiffon dress by Kai Milla, wife of Stevie Wonder, at the White House Concert honoring Wonder with the Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement. Step out in color this spring by donning rainbow hues like green, yellow or orange. Show off your curves à la Mrs. Obama in this Pleated Empire Waist dress—a true steal at $14.90, wetseal.com.
A classic tailored suit is essential to any woman’s wardrobe. The First Lady is definitely the head of stately style in this pinstriped suit by Alexander MqQueen. Mirror her look with a feminine pinstripe vest and pant set, each $34, at Spiegel.com.
The First Lady is faithful to the designers she supports like Jason Wu, who designed the gown she wore on Inauguration Night. Pictured here in the White House kitchen, Mrs. Obama again sports a stylish hand-embellished polka dot sheath dress by Wu. Step up your style game in this playful Polka Dot Pencil Dress by Chic Star, $39.95. The best part of this dress is the deep plunging back that is so chic!
Mrs. Obama showed off her stylish IQ by wearing the Michael Kors number for her official White House portrait.
When going for an all-black outfit, try wearing at a least one accessory like earrings, bracelets, belt, scarf or necklace like the First Lady to pull the outfit together. You can never go wrong with pearls; they are both timeless and elegant. Mimic Mrs. Obama’s signature style with this Spiegel Sheath Dress, $39-$44, which has touch of spandex for added comfort and a smooth finish.
Play up your curves with fitted silhouettes like the First Lady, who knows how to dress for her size and shape. Mrs. Obama hits the mark in this bold blue sheath dress by Proenza Schouler at the National Prayer Breakfast. Steal her style with this Belted A-Line Dress, $24.99, charlotterusse.com. This is the perfect dress to wear from the office to a night on the town, because you can dress it up or down.