Get Michelle Obama's First-Class Style

Do you adore the fashion choices of First Lady Michelle Obama and wonder how you can mimic her moves for less? We unlock the secrets to Mrs. Obama’s first class style and show you how can maximizes your own look by sporting a few signature pieces.
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 21, 2009

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Do you adore the fashion choices of First Lady Michelle Obama and wonder how you can mimic her style moves on a budget? We unlock the secrets to Mrs. Obama’s first-class style and show you how to maximize your own look by investing in a few signature pieces.

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When you have arms like the First Lady, showing them off is simply a requirement. These sleeveless shift dresses from Rachel Roy and Michael Kors (left to right) are both classy and sexy.

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Bows are an ideal way to inject femininity to an otherwise basic look. Whether big and bold like her Moschino blouse or quiet and subtle like the one attached to her floral Thakoon dress, a bow never fails to make a statement.

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Bright, vibrant color is no stranger to Mrs. Obama. In fact, she embraces bold hues whenever possible. Use trial and error to uncover the eye-catching hues that best compliment your complexion and then stock up!

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Step out in color this summer by donning rainbow hues like green, yellow or teal. Show off your curves à la Mrs. Obama in a empire-waist, A-line, and stealth-style dress, all her favorite styles.

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Who says dressing for a professional atmosphere has to be boring? Definitely not Mrs. O! We love how she pairs fitted cardigans with skirts (pencil or full) for a look that is totally office chic. Bare legs and feminine jewelry complete the ensemble.

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Have fun with prints like Mrs. Obama! Her plaid Isabel Toledo frock and floral Thakoon shift (left to right) are playfully pretty.

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Mrs. Obama prefers to wear heels with just the right amount of height. Opting for brands like Jimmy Choo, she puts her best feet forward wearing low kitten heels (right) and ballerina flats (left).

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For any working mom, comfort and style must go hand in hand. First Lady Michelle Obama makes it a point to sport kitten heels and ballerina flats that don’t add stress to your pretty prancing feet.

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The First Lady is a tall woman who carefully uses her height to her advantage. Sporting stylish cropped pants as seen here is one way. If you choose to execute something similar, be sure that the rest of your look is in proportion.

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Fresh flowers always offer a welcome pick-me-up, so follow the First Lady’s lead and make sure your closet is no exception.

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The First Lady has learned that cinching her waist is flattering for her hourglass figure. If you have a similar body type, do the same. Statement-making belts in various colors and textures can add the perfect dose of panache to your existing wardrobe.

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Make your figure pop with a cinched waist. Belts are inexpensive wardrobe staples that add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

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There is absolutely nothing matronly about Mrs. O’s pearls. These double strands just might be the answer to your style dilemmas. Dress them up or down to really make them your own.

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Pop a brooch (or two) on your lapel to give jackets, tops and dresses their own identity. Consider purchasing a few new ones or scour Grandma’s attic for a unique vintage option.

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Multistrand necklaces like Mrs. Obama models here are true conversation starers.

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Add a touch of elegance to any ensemble wearing a multistrand pearl necklace. Mrs. Obama keeps her fashions basic and her look refined by playing up eye-catching accessories.

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The First Lady mixes things up with an earring that dangles every now and again. Don’t be afraid to try this. Accessories are the perfect (and often inexpensive) way to add personality to your clothing.

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Take this note from First Lady Obama: Sometimes a pair of simple stud earrings is all you need to add a little pizzazz to your already winning look. Less really can be more.

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The First Lady needs to sparkle, and she dons great everyday earrings that look sophisticated yet never flashy. The key to looking polished is finding accessories that work for every occasion and are versatile enough to work with key pieces in your wardrobe.

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