Since the early days of the campaign trail style and sophistication have become synonymous with Michelle Obama. And now in her second year as First Lady of the United States, she did not disappoint. 2010 saw Mrs. O stepping out in a steady stream of stylish numbers. Whether glamming it up for a gala or dressing it down for a family outing -she remained one of our favorite stylecons. Check out her best looks of 2010 and find out why we loved them.

The Sequined Scarlet Gown

The First Lady dazzled in this sequined number by one of her favorite designers, Naeem Kahn. Extra points for he oxidized white gold earrings from Bochic.

The Red Halter-Neck Gown

The Lady in red was a vision to see. The bold color and luxurious floor skimming length of this gown made it a favorite in 2010.The Glam Gold Skirt

More than a skirt, this floor sweeping number felt more like a gown. Yet, the act that it was actually a two-piece made it a maverick standout in Mrs. Obama’s 2010 wardrobe.The Glitzy Gold Sheath

Metallic were a major theme in 2010 for Mrs. O and none was more dramatic than this yellow-gold knee length chic, which she paired with a simple tan cardigan and gold pumps.

The Burgundy Ensemble

Simple, sweet and yet so chic: this burgundy look-accented by pearls-marked a sartorial milestone for M.Obama in 2010.The Little Black Dress

When she stepped to the podium in this chic black dress, we applauded immediately: the combination of a square neckline, cinched waist, and statement necklace was worth a standing ovation.The Houndstooth Sheath

We adored this Nina Ricci suit on Mrs. Obama, who made it her own by pairing it with a bright pink cardigan and kitten heels.

The Knee Length Skirt

It gets no better than this high waist, knee-length figure hugging worn Mrs. O. We loved the effortless combination of sultry/sophistication.The Whimsical Print Dress

What was already a beautifully shaped dress-note the feminine cowl neck and modest knee-length-was elevated by the landscape printed fabric. Extra points for the complementary sliver flats.The Sorbet Peach Dress

The rich hue of this dress complimented both Mrs. O’s necklace and complexion-and stood out as one of her best dress moments of 2010.

The Red Knee Length Sheath

The First Couple were all business as they took a somber walk on official business. We loved how this sheath captured that mood, but elevated it with a chic brooch at the neckline.

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The Metallic Sheath

Sleek, sultry and plain old stunning are the only ways to describe Mrs. O in this shiny number.The All Black Number

We loved Mrs. Obama in this black ensemble. Like our First Lady: it’s simple, sleek and chic and the addition of the bold, buckled belt made it that much fiercer.

The Pin Stripped Suit

Talk about a power play! This bold menswear inspired suit-and equally bold red belt and lip-was a first for Mrs. O and top on our list for 2010 favorites.The Bold Print Dress

Yes, we remember the controversy this dress sparked: is she pregnant or isn’t she? But even a questionable fit couldn’t obscure the truth: this dress is a stunner.The Classic Cardigan Look

Pumps, pearls a cardigan and her dog: it get’s no more classic than this for Mrs. Obama in 2010.

The Sequined Cardigan

Remember this one? We loved how Mrs. O elevated a casual cardigan with sparkling sequins and the perfect belt. This look picks up on all Obama’s classics: pearls, pumps, and pretty sweater.The Ruffled Blouse

What could have been a standard casual ensemble got the Michelle Obama touch with a feminine white ruffled blouse.The Bow-Tie Tank

Sweet and sophisticated details, like a big bow on a tailored tank, were the hallmark of Mrs. O’s style in 2010.

The Black & White Combo

The First Lady is the epitome of cool and collected in this white tank and black full skirt.The Grey Cotton Dress

It may sound bland, but this grey cotton dress looks beautiful on Mrs. Obama. This Ports 1961 number was extra special for the v-neckline and hooke-and-eye closures in the front.The Kitten Heel Knee High Boots

Mrs. O served us cold weather chic with this long sleeved knitted dress and our favorite-the amazing tan kitten heeled over the knee boot.