The First Lady's Inaugural Style

Fashionable First Family
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 20, 2009

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Here Mrs. Obama wears a classy coat from Zero Maria. She ensures the ensemble remains approachable with slim pants tucked into sleek riding boots and purple accessories that pop.

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Fashion meets function in this flat riding boot from Nine West. On sale for $79.99,, it features a side zip entry and rubber sole bottom.

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Our First Lady always keeps us guessing and Inauguration Day was certainly no exception. Mrs. Obama paired her stunning Isabel Toledo ensemble with a teal pump that adds the perfect dose of panache to her already winning look.

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Be inspired by the First Lady and add a bright shoe to your favorite monochromatic looks. Consider this wedge-heeled slingback in teal from DRU New York on sale for $83.45,

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Gloves often add a special hint of sophistication to any look, especially when they are in a butter leather material and a funky color like our First Lady’s were for the Inauguration Day festivities.

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These Isotoner fleece gloves, on sale for $12,, will take your winter wardrobe from blah to bangin’. Try pairing these with a head-to-toe grey or black outfit and watch heads turn.

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Our new First Lady certainly looks the part in this Narciso Rodriguez camel suit. Mrs. Obama opted to pair the sleek suit with a black belt (she seems to favor a cinched waist), a black scarf, black pumps and black leather gloves.

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Follow our First Lady’s lead by pairing a camel-hued coat like this steal from Anne Klein, on sale for $119.99,, with a basic black top and pencil skirt for a polished look that can be worn to the office, church or even a casual lunch date.

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“In terms of design, my only instruction was that the dress needed to sparkle, which I hope it did. It had about a million Swarovski crystals on it! I know it sounds corny, but I had this vision of the dress immediately. I knew it had to be white. I wanted it to be romantic, strong, energetic—everything Michelle Obama stands for,” says emerging designer Jason Wu to Teen Vogue, regarding his vision for the First Lady’s inaugural gown.

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Steal the First Lady’s inaugural style with this BCBGMAXAZRIA one-shoulder silk gown, $358,, that is not even a fraction of the cost of Mrs. Obama’s one-of-a-kind design by Jason Wu that retails at $3,500. You’ll love the gorgeous details of this silk charmeuse gown that will make you feel and look like an American princess.

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Less is always more for our First Lady when it comes to accessories. Mrs. Obama gravitates toward classic accessories like these diamond stud earrings that are both elegant and stylish.

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The ultimate accessory is confidence and the First Lady oozes stylish self-assurance. Take a cue from Mrs. Obama and jazz up a simple outfit with these rhodium-plated button-pierced Swarovski earrings, $75,, that make any outfit a standout.

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The First Lady wore only Los Angeles-based jeweler Loree Rodkin pieces on Inauguration Night. Rodkin has designed jewelry for many of Hollywood’s A-list stars including Madonna, Mary J. Blige, and Cher. This antic-looking medallion ring sparkled on Mrs. Obama’s finger.

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Add a touch of Mrs. Michelle Obama’s first-class style to your look with this emperor-inspired Technibond “Etruscan” Blue Topaz and Amethyst Ring, $39.90, The ring has a regal presence at an affordable price.

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On election night, Mrs. Obama dazzled in a pair of $10,000 Loree Rodkin hoop earrings. On Inauguration Night she wowed the crowds wearing long chandelier earrings by Rodkin. It appears when it comes to go-to designers, the First Lady knows what she wants and who she likes.

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In this economic climate, the jewelry creations of Loree Rodkin may be out of your price range, but you can get the same style for less with these Carolee Geometric Drop Crystal Earrings, $55, Look like you’re wearing precious stones without the pricey price tag.

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Brace yourself for the bling on the First Lady’s wrist. Designed by Loree Rodkin, the diamond bangles worn by Mrs. Obama added an extra touch of elegance to her sophisticated gown. Rodkin’s collections are showcased in the Neiman Marcus Precious jewelry salons throughout the U.S.

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Finally we have a First Lady with a fashion sense the world can relate to. These beautiful crystal bangles, $24,, will have you mimicking Mrs. Obama’s style within minutes.


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