2012: The First Lady's Fab Fashion Moments

It was a year in chic, floor-length gowns, fit-and-flare dresses and bold brights that kept the First Lady moving fashion forward.

Celia L. Smith Nov, 29, 2012

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At the BET Honors 2012 in Washington, DC, the First Lady looked absolutely divine in wine. This organza one-shoulder style by J.Mendel was definitely the glam moment of the year.

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One way to draw all eyes from the President of the United States on to you is in this cobalt blue Jason Wu floor-length gown.

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If the plethora of pearls aren't enough to catch your attention, then this marvelous teal Marchesa gown will. The First couple walk into the North Portico of the White House for the state dinner making a fab entrance.

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Two words: simply stunning! Michelle Obama pulled out her best look in her husband's honor –– a georgette pleated one-shoulder Michael Kors gown, vintage Dior belt and House of Lavande jewels. A wonderful selection for the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony.

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Mrs. O stands by the President's side after his State of the Union Address wearing a patriotic sapphire blue shimmering twill dress by designer Barbara Tfank that looks stunningly sleek.

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The First Lady talks business fashionably. At the Northgate Market in Inglewood, California, she sits pretty in the produce section wearing a citrus-hued Ann Taylor coat and Michael Kors wool crepe pants.

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In the sunshine state of Jacksonville, Florida, First Lady Michelle Obama makes Liz Claiborne look like a million bucks in this orange, pleated dress and cute contrast-colored kitten heels.

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Channeling Bianca Jagger, the First Lady fiercely rocks an ivory wide-leg pantsuit on The Steve Harvey Show.

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It must be the vibrant Rachel Roy dress that has the First Lady in high spirits while greeting military families in the White House on Mother's Day. We love it too!

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Want to outshine the host on your first appearance? This is how: sit bold and beautiful in a colorblocked Preen shift dress.

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Mrs. O wears an appropriately sweet, candy-colored combo at a Virginia bakery –– a turquoise sleeveless Ann Taylor top, pink pencil skirt, beautiful baubles and a chic Jason Wu for Target satchel.

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Mrs. O doesn't mind having fun with fashion and it shows, especially in this colorful Preen digital print shift dress at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.


On The View, Mrs. O hands down steals the show in this emerald hued dress and Azaara necklace.

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One of the many fashionable Presidential Debate nights for the First Lady included this regal colored two-piece skirt suit and silk blouse by Preen.


Now, this is the definition of a power suit! Who would debate that Mrs. O wasn't the chicest in Micheal Kors during the Presidential debate?

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Talk about a party dress! At the Correspondent’s Dinner the First Lady threw on a fab Naeem Khan frock, hoop earrings by Carla Amorim and a serious cocktail ring by Sara Weinstock. 

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We spotted Mrs. O on more than one occasion wearing this Thom Browne lace dress. Here, she wore it simply at the DNC in North Carolina.

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The First Lady fills the room with a bouquet of yellow flowers designed by Tracy Reese at a campaign field office in Raleigh, N.C.

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At Broward College in Florida, the First Lady schools us on how to be chic for less by sporting a floral print Jones New York dress from Macy's.

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The First Lady looks fabulous in a geometric print dress from Zero + Maria Cornejo with Zara suede kitten heels for a high-meets-low fashion look at an awards ceremony for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in Washington.

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Another DNC stunner was First Lady Michelle Obama in this oxblood damask print dress by Laura Smalls that was perfectly on trend.

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Our favorite fashion moment of the year was this gold medal-worthy metallic embroidered top and chiffon skirt by J. Mendel at the Buckingham Palace reception for the Olympics Opening Ceremony in London.

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This was a first-class style moment for the First Lady. On the DNC's opening night in Charlotte, North Carolina Mrs. O donned a pink silk damask dress and J.Crew pumps fiercely!

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On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno The First Lady brings her all-American 'A' game in a Michael Kors gold-ribbed lame crewneck sweater and a J.Crew  jacquard pencil skirt with vintage House of Lavande belt and pale pink pumps.


It may be a moment of silence on the South Lawn for 9/11, but the First Lady's ombré Peter Som coat and matching dress says "fashion" loud and clear.


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