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Green suits Michelle Obama well as she supports Barack on the campaign trail, this time accompanied by daughters Malia (second from left) and Sasha (second from right).
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Michelle, who’s rocking a sleek, violet shift dress, stands hand-in-hand with her hubby after his historic Democratic presidential nomination last June in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her signature pearls, black patent belt and pumps (sans hosiery) complete the look.
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An Ivy League-educated attorney, Michelle gets focused, wearing a double-stranded beaded choker and white V-neck top.
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Michelle has found a way to be a working mom and wife but remain prim and polished. Here she is effortlessly chic in a soft blouse, wide belt and pencil skirt.
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The Chi-town native switches things up a bit by ditching her usual heels and pairing these tall, sleek boots with a knee-length belted trench dress.
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Michelle sports a crisp cotton dress with a cinched waist courtesy of one of her signature funky wide belts.
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The beautiful and blushing bride tied the knot with her her tuxedo-clad husband, Barack (while showing off her décolletage) on October 18, 1992.
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This jewel-encrusted necklace adds the perfect panache to Michelle’s basic black ensemble. This look carried her through the $10,000-plate Obama fundraising dinner held in her honor at Calvin Klein’s New York City home last June.
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Statement-making pieces like this striped, sleeveless number keep Michelle picture perfect.
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A little cold weather can’t stop Michelle from keeping her fashion game on point. This long shawl-collar coat does the job just right.
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Embracing color is part of Michelle’s style M.O. This bold, orange shift dress nicely compliments her mocha skin.
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Michelle is extra elegant in her floral halter gown, escorted by Barack at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
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Sassy and sophisticated pearls like these have become an important part of Michelle’s style recipe.
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Ever conscious of her hourglass figure, Michelle highlights her assets with an exotic belt over a flirty, feminine blouse.
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