Michelle Obama's Best Fashion Moments in 08

Michelle Obama's Best Fashion Moments in 08
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 30, 2008

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The First Lady to-be gets focused as her hubby blazed the campaign trail on Super Tuesday this fall. Michelle manages to make otherwise matronly-looking pearls appear modern and fresh. She has become known for subtle yet statement-making details like the puffed sleeves on this jacket.

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This jewel-encrusted necklace adds the perfect panache to Michelle’s all-black ensemble. The look carried her through a $10,000-plate Obama fundraising dinner held in her honor at Calvin Klein’s New York City home last June.

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We love that Michelle isn’t afraid to embrace color and why should she when it complements her mocha skin so well? This classic shift has quickly become her trademark and nicely highlights her hourglass figure. Her signature pearls complete this polished look.

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Women across the country went crazy over Michelle’s Donna Ricco empire-waist floral sundress from White House/Black Market this summer. The dress reportedly sold out within hours of Mrs. Obama wearing the $148 frock for her appearance on “The View.”

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During a campaign stop in Detroit last fall, Michelle shocked everyone by donning a belted sleeveless number from discount retailer H&M. Our soon-to-be First Lady continues to prove that good taste has nothing to do with money and also eliminated a few archaic fashion rules by fearlessly rocking horizontal stripes for the camera.

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The Chi-town native wore this turquoise knit number for her eloquent speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last summer. But what we really love about this look was the brooch added from Michelle’s personal jewelry collection.

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This purple print shirt dress by Moschino is a flattering silhouette for Michelle because it cinches her waistline. A lover of flat shoes, Michelle opted for a pewter metallic pair of ballet flats that offer the perfect hybrid of comfort and class.

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Michelle rocked a sleek, violet shift dress while standing hand-in-hand with her hubby after his historic Democratic presidential nomination last June in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her signature pearls and black patent belt complete this now iconic look.

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Like any busy wife and mother, Michelle Obama has become a master at multitasking. While maintaining a hectic schedule on her husband’s campaign trail last fall, our future First Lady kept her style game on point and picked up this cheery ensemble from jcrew.com for her Jay Leno appearance.

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Michelle turned to fashion designer Maria Pinto for this simple yet sophisticated red sheath worn during the official tour of the house she’ll call home next month. Of her longtime client and muse Pinto says, “Mrs. Obama possesses a natural and unpretentious sophistication, which is reflected in her clothing. She will make an extraordinary First Lady.”

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