State of The Union Style Through The Years

How First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent State of The Union style stacks up to the others.

Celia L. Smith Jan, 21, 2015

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First Lady Michelle Obama broke her dress streak at this year's State of The Union Address when she showed up chic in a Michael Kors skirt suit. The classic tweed look with a twist: an origami neckline and exposed zipper, showed even while laying low from the spotlight these days, she hasn’t missed a beat.

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Last year’s address saw the First Lady in a forest green frock by Tunisian born, French-bred designer Azzedine Alaia. The pleated dress with matching bolero was a pretty safe style choice, but what wasn't was her decision to wear a non-American designer––something she had been criticized for in the past. Then again, fashion is all about taking risks, no?

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In 2013, the First Lady was wooed by Jason Wu, the designer who helped make her transition into the White House (note the Inaugural Ball) a chic one. She opted for a color blocked confection of sparkles in her go-to fit-and-flare silhouette. What’s not to love about this look?

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Boldly proclaiming her love for this patriotic shade of cobalt blue, the First Lady is a standout in Capitol Hill in a silk twill sheath by Barbara Tfank delicately adorned with an Alexis Bittar brooch.

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Just weeks before the 2011 State of The Union address, Oscar de La Renta commented on the First Lady wearing European designer, Alexander McQueen, to the State Dinner. Mrs. O came back with a chic response: a pale blue Rachel Roy shift dress with Lucite bangles and a black and white ribbon in honor of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Michelle Obama didn't veer far from the plum palette she wore the year prior when she sported this Isaac Mizrahi number. A pretty, classic statement that she would eventually build on in State of The Union Addresses to come.

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The FLOTUS' started out playing it safe at the State of The Union Address in a Narciso Rodriguez silk wool sleeveless dress (the same designer she wore on election night) in a modest plum hue.

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