First Lady Style: Festive Frocks

This selection of Mrs. O's dresses with shimmery touches and holiday hues can inspire your seasonal style.

Celia L. Smith Nov, 14, 2012

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Nothing says "holiday" better than a shimmery frock. This golden, pleated Rodarte dress with matching tulle slip is already a stunner, but the First Lady (pictured with Prince Albert of Monaco) takes it to another level by personalizing it with a brooch-trimmed collar.

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Brocade is quite the festive fabric, and although the First Lady is baring shoulders in this strapless Chris Benz style, a simple cardigan worn over the shoulders could warm up the look.

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The First Lady opted for another sparkly Rodarte style, this time in a cobalt blue — a traditional Hannukah hue.

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Mix up the traditional red and green palette with a little winter white. What makes the First Lady's J. Mendel ensemble so exceptional are the metallic silver accents — the tinsel-colored thread in her embroidered top and mirror-like Manolo Blahniks.

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Michelle Obama stirs up a little chic cranberry concoction in an Azzedine Alaia ruffled dress and Alexis Bittar crystal brooched cardigan. Take cues from the First Lady and work one shade from head-to-toe — remember to add the trimmings!


What could be lovelier than lace during a holiday dinner? Mrs. O may not be sporting your typical holiday colors, but this J. Mendel dress is still a sweet style.

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Turn it up in a gorgeous gown like Michelle Obama's scarlet Michael Kors style.

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Leopard print may not seem like your typical holiday party print, but when it's a Derek Lam sparkle-flecked dress like Mrs. O's, it works.

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Mrs. O lit the family tree in this fab Jason Wu gown. Go glam and light your tree in one too. 

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Mrs. Obama's silk Naeem Khan dress is a great example of how to transition daytime prints for an evening function. The fabric's natural luster makes a shimmery statement without actually using sparkles or sequins.

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This Tracy Reese silk damask dress is another shiny stunner. You can wear it all year round, which is what we love most about it.

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Rock the holidays in an oxblood-colored frock like this Laura Smalls style Mrs. O is sporting.


Hunter green may be the season's staple, but experiment with various shades — including this emerald style the First Lady wore on The View — and you'll light up the room.

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First Lady Michelle Obama resembles a real-life Christmas present, wrapped up fabulously in a sequined Naeem Khan gown with a one-shouldered bow.

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Tis the season to dress up. Use every excuse to be as fabulous as the First Lady in her Alexander McQueen gown.

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Don't forget to wear your spiciest frock beneath the mistletoe. This Cushine et Ochs style has a conservative length, but the cross-strap details add sass.

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When all else fails, go vintage! Michelle Obama's Norman Norell vintage LBD shows the elegance retro pieces possess.

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Want a dazzling look? Just bead it. Michelle Obama's beaded, wine-colored gown by Naeem Khan is simply glamorous.

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Make an illustrious statement in silk while you're hosting guests.

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Take one holiday look and work it two different ways –– with a cardigan at the office party, like the First Lady's L'Wren Scott embroidered style over a Michael Kors fit-and-flare dress, or sleeveless at a family function.

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When getting festive in a foil print frock seems over-the-top, tone things down with a solid cardigan.

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For more versatility, find a style that can work in-or-out of season.


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