Michelle Obama's Fashion Evolution in Over 100 Looks

Michelle Obama in white fringe lined skirt with white stiletto heels
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In case you've missed it, Michelle Obama is not playing any games when it comes to her style. Not only has she been an icon since she stepped into the White House, but the former First Lady was also serving up jaw-dropping looks back-to-back while promoting her book Becoming several years later in 2019. We're still trying to catch our breath after seeing her hit the stage with Sarah Jessica wearing those thigh-high Balenciaga boots. And who could forget how classy she looked in that white suit with those adorable Jimmy Choo cage booties?

But Michelle's style hasn't always leaned towards the trendy side. Remember when Barack was in office? While in the White House, Michelle stuck to timeless closet staples, but now we're getting a chance to see her experiment more, showing off her personality through her outfit choices. And we're here for it.

See exactly how Michelle Obama's style has evolved by taking a look back at her best fashion moments over the years.

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2019 - Sergio Hudson

Michelle Obama at Essence Festival in belted blue sequin jumpsuit by Sergio Hudson. 
Erika Goldring / Contributor

For her appearance at the Essence Festival, Obama wore a belted blue sequin jumpsuit by Sergio Hudson.

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2019 - Crystal-Embellished Cape

Michelle Obama in Toronto at Becoming Book Tour wearing a black suit with a crystal-embellished cape. 
SOPA Images / Contributor

A black suit gets a major upgrade with a crystal-embellished cape.

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2019 - Dundas

Michelle Obama at Oslo Becoming Tour wearing a Peter Dundas suit with a green sash detail and embroidered lapels.
Rune Hellestad - Corbis / Contributor

For her Oslo Becoming stop, Obama opted for a suit by Peter Dundas with a green sash detail and embroidered lapels.

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2019 - Stella McCartney

Michelle Obama London Becoming Tour wearing a Stella McCartney jumpsuit with a pair of patent black stilettos.
Mike Marsland / Contributor

Michelle paired a Stella McCartney jumpsuit — appropriate for an event at London's O2 Arena — with a pair of patent black stilettos.

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2019 - Acne Studios

Michelle Obama Stockholm Becoming Tour wearing custom mint green suit from Acne Studios with a cropped jacket.
Michael Campanella / Contributor

For her stop in Stockholm, Obama chose a custom mint green suit from Acne Studios with a cropped jacket.

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2019 - Stine Goya

Michelle Obama Copenhagen Becoming Tour wearing a millennial pink suit by Stine Goya.
MARTIN SYLVEST / Contributor

The millennial pink suit Obama wore in Copenhagen is from Stine Goya.

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2019 - Fe Noel

Michelle Obama Austin Book Tour wearing a tone on tone orange blouse with wide leg pants from Fe Noel.
Rick Kern / Contributor

For her Becoming stop in Austin, Michelle chose a radiant peach-and-orange outfit from Fe Noel.

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2019 - Elie Saab

Michelle Obama wearing an electric blue Elie Saab suit with bright accent stripes
Gary Miller / Contributor

This Elie Saab suit pulled double duty. Obama wore it to YouTube's BookTube event in Austin and Oprah's 2020 Vision Tour's Texas stop.

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2018 - Cushnie

Michelle Obama wearing a silky rose colored blazer from Cushnie
MediaNews Group / The Mercury News / Getty Images

This rose color looks amazing on Obama, and we love how the Cushnie designers accented the silky blazer with a rope belt.

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2018 - Balmain

Michelle Obama wearing a striped Balmain suit
NBC / Getty Images

Here's proof that a classic blazer and a pair of pants doesn't have to be boring. Obama stepped out for an episode of The Tonight Show in a striped Balmain suit.

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2018 - Balenciaga

Michelle Obama wearing a bright yellow silk wrap dress with glittery Balenciaga boots
Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

There's no doubt that people will be talking about this look for years to come, especially the glittery Balenciaga boots ($3,900).

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2019 - Givenchy

Michelle Obama wearing a military-inspired shirt and high-waisted pants from Givenchy.
Jack Taylor / Getty Images

Michelle Obama made a fashion-forward statement in a pair of Givenchy high-waisted pants and a military-inspired shirt from the brand's Spring 2019 collection.

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2018 - Karen Walker

Michelle Obama wearing a denim suit from Karen Walker
Sarah Morris / Getty Images

Obama gave us further proof that she's the queen of suits in a denim design by Karen Walker.

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2018 - Christopher Kane

Michelle Obama wearing a crystal-embellished Christopher Kane blazer
Paul Morigi / Getty Images

The crystal embellishments on this Christopher Kane blazer ($1,695; farfetch.com) added enough sparkle for Obama to keep jewelry to a minimum.

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2018 - Adeam

Michelle Obama wearing a military wrap jacket by Adeam
Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

This military wrap jacket by Adeam, with its asymmetric tail and peplum finishing, was made for Obama.

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2018 - Jonathan Simkhai

Michelle Obama wearing a pinstripe Jonathan Simkhai suit with Jennifer Fisher jewelry
Lorenzo Bevilaqua / Getty Images

During an appearance on Good Morning America, she paired a pinstripe Jonathan Simkhai with Jennifer Fisher jewelry.

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2017 - Black Pin-Striped Dress

Michelle Obama wearing a black pinstriped dress and black pointed-toe pumps
Marla Aufmuth / Getty for Pennsylvania Conference for Women

The former FLOTUS stunned in a black pin-striped dress complete with round metallic embellishments paired with black pointed-toe ankle-strap pumps at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

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2017 - Jason Wu

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia Obama
AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh

For the president's farewell address in Chicago, the First Lady chose a navy lace Jason Wu dress. The frock has added significance, as Wu is also the man who designed her white one-shoulder gown for the Inauguration Ball in 2009.

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2016 - Tracy Reese

Michelle Obama wearing a Tracy Reese floral-print dress
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

While speaking at the Veterans Homelessness Summit, FLOTUS glowed in a cheery Tracy Reese floral-print dress, black pumps, and silver hoop earrings.

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2016 - Atelier Versace

Michelle Obama wearing a Atelier Versace chainmail gown
Olivier Douliery / Pool via CNP / MediaPunch / IPX

For her final White House State Dinner, Michelle Obama pulled out all the stops, making a show-stopping entrance in a custom rose gold Atelier Versace chainmail gown with a fitted bodice, drapery, and an asymmetric off-shoulder neckline, styled with Le Vian diamonds.

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2016 - Giambattista Valli

Michelle Obama wearing a Giambattista Valli knit sleeveless dress
Startraks Photo

FLOTUS glowed in a knit sleeveless dress that featured a chevron print crafted in black, white, gray, and pale blue colors. She topped the frock off with a thin black belt at her waist, a sparkling collar necklace, diamond drop earrings, and a pair of classic black pumps.

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2016 - Black Floral Dress

Michelle Obama wearing a black floral dress
Paul Morigi / Getty Images

FLOTUS celebrated the fourth annual International Day of the Girl at an event in Washington, DC, wearing a black, white, and yellow floral print dress that she paired with leather pumps and drop earrings.

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2016 - Self-Portrait

Michelle Obama wearing a Self-Portrait dress
Bruce Glikas / Bruce Glikas / FilmMagic

FLOTUS wore a knee-length Self-Portrait dress with a black and white floral pattern and a splash of green on her right hip at Broadway Shines a Light on Girls' Education. A black mesh neckline highlighted her toned arms.

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2016 - Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing a strapless Naeem Khan ball gown
MediaPunch / AKM-GSI

The First Lady stunned in a strapless Naeem Khan ball gown which featured a dramatic sweetheart neckline, a full skirt, and an eye-catching pattern of hand-painted gold leaf on black tulle at the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

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2016 - Brandon Maxwell

Michelle Obama wearing a Brandon Maxwell strapless ivory sponge crepe gown
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

For the White House State Dinner in honor of Singapore's prime minister, the First Lady turned to Lady Gaga's fashion director, Brandon Maxwell, who created a custom, strapless ivory sponge crepe gown.

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2016 - Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing a brilliant yellow Naeem Khan dress covered in floral embellishments
Mark Wilson / Getty Images

The FLOTUS welcomed Singapore's Prime Minister and his wife to the White House in a brilliant yellow Naeem Khan dress covered in floral embellishments.

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2016 - Christian Siriano

Michelle Obama wearing a knee-length royal blue Christian Siriano dress with cap sleeves
Olivier Douliery / Abacausa / startraksphoto.com

The First Lady took to the 2016 Democratic National Convention stage in a knee-length royal blue Christian Siriano dress with cap sleeves and a natural waist. Below the lectern, a pair of metallic silver pumps provided her look with just the right amount of pizzazz.

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2016 - Creatures of the Wind

Michelle Obama wearing a navy blue floral-print Creatures of the Wind dress
Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

For the 3rd Annual Beating the Odds Summit, the FLOTUS kept it simple and chic in a navy blue floral-print Creatures of the Wind dress with fringe accents. She completed her ensemble with statement earrings.

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2016 - Barbara Tfank

Michelle Obama wearing a Barbara Tfank dress with black piping and tiny bows on the shoulders
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The First Lady held her fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' State Dinner at the White House wearing a white Barbara Tfank dress with black piping and tiny bows on the shoulders.

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2016 - Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Michelle Obama wearing a black floral Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress
Europa Press / Getty Images

The First Lady looked ever so chic as she departed Madrid, Spain, in this black floral dress with an overlapping white graphic print.

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2016 - Altuzarra

Michelle Obama wearing a paisley print Altuzarra frock with pearl adornments
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On a trip to Marrakech, the political figure and her teenage daughters transitioned into their evening looks at a dinner with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco. The first lady wore a paisley print Altuzarra frock with pearl adornments while her daughters dressed in graphic, maroon-toned dresses that appropriately blended in with the country's traditional garb.

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2016 - Wrap Dress

Michelle Obama wearing the perfect summer wrap dress
Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP Photo

Michelle Obama touched down in Morocco wearing the perfect summer wrap dress, trailed by her stunning teenage daughters. Malia looked trendy in a navy jumpsuit layered over a striped long-sleeve top, while Sasha was elegant in a floaty high-low floral dress. Both girls paired their on-trend looks with subtle choker necklaces, bringing a youthful feel to their sophisticated outfits.

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2016 - Boss

Michelle Obama wearing an elegant BOSS multi-colored geometric lace dress
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For the United State of Women Summit, Mrs. Obama stepped on the stage with a smile to host the event with Oprah Winfrey wearing an elegant BOSS multi-colored geometric lace dress.

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2016 - Narciso Rodriguez

Michelle Obama wearing a silk blue and white top with a matching crepe black skirt
Evan Vucci / AP Photo

Obama wore a silk blue and white top with a matching crepe black skirt to the National Medal for Museum and Library Service award presentation at the White House.

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2016 - Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing a blush-hued Naeem Khan gown
Pablo Martinez Monsivais

FLOTUS made a sweeping entrance to the Nordic State Dinner in a stunning blush-hued Naeem Khan gown with ruching and an off-the-shoulder cut that accentuated her toned arms.

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2016 - Black Tailored Blazer

Michelle Obama wearing a black tailored blazer and wide-legged white jumpsuit
Tyler Golden / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

For an appearance on NBC's The Voice, the First Lady wore a black tailored blazer and wide-legged white jumpsuit that was belted at the waist.

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2016 - Oscar de la Renta

Michelle Obama wearing a purple Oscar de la Renta dress
John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images

The Obamas arrived at Windsor Castle to honor the Queen's 90th birthday where FLOTUS wore a purple Oscar de la Renta dress featuring an intricate lace overlay. She styled her outfit with a black clutch and low-heeled pumps.

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2016 - Knee-Length Dress

Michelle Obama wearing a shimmery, knee-length dress scattered with crystal embellishments
JUAN MABROMATA / AFP / Getty Images

The First Lady looked positively radiant in a shimmery, knee-length dress scattered with crystal embellishments at a state dinner in Argentina, where she and President Barack Obama danced the tango.

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2016 - Narciso Rodriguez

Michelle Obama wearing a purple Narciso Rodriguez dress with orange graphic detailing
Sylvina Frydlewsky / EFE / Sipa USA

Obama arrived in Ezeiza, Argentina in a purple Narciso Rodriguez dress with orange graphic detailing.

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2016 - Naeen Khan

Michelle Obama wearing a Naeem Khan embroidered floral dress
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

For a state dinner with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, the First Lady turned to designer Naeem Khan for this fully embroidered floral dress.

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2016 - White Printed Dress

Michelle Obama wearing a white V-neck dress with a graphic red and black print
Joe Raedle / Getty Images

The First Lady touched down in Cuba in a white V-neck dress with a graphic red and black print.

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2016 - Jason Wu

Michelle Obama wearing a custom Jason Wu gown
NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images

The First Lady looked absolutely radiant in a custom Jason Wu gown for a White House State Dinner. The strapless midnight blue dress featured an elaborate floral jacquard pattern and asymmetrical draping.

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2016 - Tanya Taylor

Michelle Obama wearing a jade green printed Tanya Taylor dress and black coat
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FLOTUS looked ready for spring in a jade green printed Tanya Taylor dress and black coat when welcoming the Canadian Prime Minister to Washington D.C.

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2016 - Printed Dress

Michelle Obama wearing a printed dress and pointy black pumps
Mark Wilson / Getty Images

The First Lady looked stunning in a printed dress and pointy black pumps for a speech on International Women's Day in support of girls' education.

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2016 - Narciso Rodriguez

Michelle Obama wearing a marigold-hued, banded wool crepe dress by Narciso Rodriguez
SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Image

FLOTUS looked stunning in a marigold-hued, banded wool crepe dress by Narciso Rodriguez for President Obama's final State of the Union address.

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2015 - Vera Wang

Michelle Obama wearing an off-the-shoulder Vera Wang gown
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

For the China State Dinner at the White House, Obama embodied elegance in a stunning, off-the-shoulder Vera Wang gown with a V-notch neckline and a mermaid hem.

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2015 - Carolina Herrera

Michelle Obama wearing a sky blue Carolina Herrera cowl-neck dress
Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty

To greet Pope Francis during his first visit to the U.S., the First Lady donned a sky blue Carolina Herrera cowl-neck dress that featured short sleeves and a slim belt.

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2015 - Carolina Herrera

Michelle Obama wearing a botanical-print Carolina Herrera shirtdress and matching suede pumps
Olivier Douliery / ABACA

For the 2015 Kids' State Dinner held at the White House, the First Lady looked positively gorgeous in a botanical-print Carolina Herrera shirtdress and matching suede pumps.

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2015 - Missoni

Michelle Obama wearing a multicolored knit dress by Italian fashion house Missoni
Pier Marco Tacca / Getty Images

The First Lady ended her short trip to Milan in high style yesterday, where she wowed in a multicolored knit dress by Italian fashion house Missoni. To top off her look, she added block-heel sandals and chic silver earrings that were perfect for a busy day of official activities.

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2015 - Duro Olowu

Michelle Obama wearing a fitted black top and a playful yellow-and-pink skirt by Duro Olowu
Jacopo Raule / Getty Images

The FLOTUS arrived in Milan wearing a fitted black top and a playful yellow-and-pink skirt by Duro Olowu. She finished off the look with classic black pumps and gold earrings.

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2015 - Christopher Kane

Michelle Obama wearing a custom Christopher Kane design
Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

FLOTUS met with the United Kingdom's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife in a custom Christopher Kane design inspired by the brand's pe-fall 2015 collection.

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2015 - Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Michelle Obama wearing a custom Preen by Thornton Bregazzi's "Lou" dress
Chris Radburn / PA Wire / ABACAPRESS.COM

The First Lady landed in London for her weeklong tour of Britain and Italy in support of her Let Girls Learn initiative in a custom variation of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi's "Lou" dress, which boasts a remarkably charming contrast, thanks to the frock's two-tone lemony yellow material and its cerulean blue lace overlay. Sky blue gemstone teardrop earrings and black pumps completed her look.

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2015 - Zac Posen

Michelle Obama wearing a sleeveless Zac Posen dress
Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty Images

The FLOTUS dazzled in a sleeveless number at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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2015 - Thakoon

Michelle Obama wearing a graphic rose-strewn Thakoon dress
AKM-GSI

At the dedication ceremony for the Whitney Museum of American Art, she donned a graphic rose-strewn Thakoon design.

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2015 - Tadashi Shoji

Michelle Obama wearing a chic black-and-white graphic Tadashi Shoji dress
Courtesy

The First Lady donned a chic black-and-white graphic Tadashi Shoji dress that featured a black collar and cutouts on the shoulders and near the hemline for an appearance on the Tonight Show.

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2015 - Zac Posen

Michelle Obama wearing a white off-the-shoulder Zac Posen dress and metallic silver Jimmy Choo pumps
Brad Barket / Getty Images

The First Lady wowed in a white off-the-shoulder Zac Posen dress and metallic silver Jimmy Choo pumps at BET's 2015 Black Girls Rock! event where she gave an inspiring speech.

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2015 - Roksanda

Michelle Obama wearing an asymmetric Roksanda skater dress
TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP / Getty

First Lady Michelle Obama donned an asymmetric Roksanda skater dress featuring a bold geo print as she geared up to depart Cambodia and bring her five-day trip to Asia to a close.

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2015 - Alice + Olivia

Michelle Obama wearing a bold geometric printed top and skirt combo
TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP / Getty

The First Lady visited Siem Riep in Cambodia where she delivered an address to Peace Corps volunteers and met school girls at a local high school. She wore a bold Alice + Olivia top and skirt combo, featuring a colorful geometric print.

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2015 - BCBG Max Azria

Michelle Obama wearing a paneled BCBG Max Azria dress
TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP / Getty

Obama stopped by the historical Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia wearing a paneled BCBG Max Azria dress, which she finished with leggings and classic Converse sneakers.

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2015 - Altuzarra

Michelle Obama wearing a striking blazer and custom skirt by Altuzarra
The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

During an event in Tokyo, Japan, the FLOTUS made a stylish impact in a striking blazer and custom skirt by Altuzarra, which she paired with a jewel-encrusted Stella McCartney blouse and silver pumps.

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2015 - Kenzo

Michelle Obama wearing a lime green graphic-print Kenzo flared frock
The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

For her first visit to Japan, the First Lady went for a radiant lime green graphic-print Kenzo flared frock that she accessorized with a waist-cinching futuristic mirrored belt and classic black pumps.

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2014 - Monique Lhuillier

Michelle Obama wearing a blush embroidered column Monique Lhuillier dress
Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

The FLOTUS wowed at the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., wearing a blush embroidered column Monique Lhuillier dress that featured an illusion tulle skirt and sweetheart neckline.

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2014 - Diane von Furstenberg

Michelle Obama wearing a Diane von Furstenberg peasant blouse and skirt
AP Photo

Obama spoke at a campaign rally for Mary Burke, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Wisconsin, and wore a very feminine DVF peasant blouse and skirt.

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2014 - Diane von Furstenberg

Michelle Obama wearing a colorful navy, fuchsia, and coral Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress
Getty Images

The First Lady wore a colorful navy, fuchsia, and coral DVF wrap dress as she traveled with President Barack Obama via Air Force One to New York City, where the president addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

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2014 - Bibhu Mohapatra

Michelle Obama wearing a white-hot Bibhu Mohapatra halter-style gown
Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty

Michelle Obama looked positively statuesque in a white Bibhu Mohapatra gown at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner. The dress featured a halter-style neck and asymmetrical black stripe accents on the bodice's front and a black trim at the waist. Obama accessorized the outfit with dangling earrings and styled her hair in loose curls.

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2014 - Prabal Gurung

Michelle Obama wearing a canary yellow chiffon dress by Prabal Gurung
Fiickr / U.S. Department of State

The ever-stylish FLOTUS stunned in a canary yellow chiffon dress by Prabal Gurung at a dinner marking the end of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the White House. Obama paired the eye-catching frock with metallic slingback pumps, oversized gold dangling earrings, a major stack of Ashley Pittman bangles on her arm, and pulled her hair into a chic topknot.

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2015 - Floral Printed Top

Michelle Obama wearing a floral printed top, a bold orange cardigan, and black slim trousers
MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images

For the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the FLOTUS sported a floral printed top, bold orange cardigan, and black slim trousers that she accessorized with embellished flats and silver hoop earrings. She topped off her look with festive pastel pink nail polish and a matching lip.

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2014 - Carolina Herrera

Michelle Obama wearing a botanical-print Carolina Herrera shirtdress
MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images

Michelle Obama wore a botanical-printed Carolina Herrera shirtdress for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders meeting in Washington, D.C.

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2014 - Mary Katrantzou

Michelle Obama wearing a flowery Mary Katrantzou dress paired with beige pumps
Kevin Dietsch-Pool / Getty Images

For the third annual Kids State Dinner, hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama wore a flowery Mary Katrantzou dress paired with beige pumps.

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2014 - Tanya Taylor

Michelle Obama wearing a white and blue floral Tanya Taylor frock with metallic silver pumps
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For an event at Global Kids Incorporated in New York City, the First Lady donned a white and blue floral Tanya Taylor frock with metallic silver pumps.

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2014 - Marchesa

Michelle Obama wearing a gray tulle Marchesa dress
Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty

For the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, the First Lady dazzled in gray tulle Marchesa and Cathy Waterman jewels.

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2014 - AG Adriano Goldschmied

Michelle Obama wearing a casual, yet stylish ensemble
Leigh Vogel / WireImage

The First Lady got in on the action at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen Garden in a casual-yet-stylish ensemble that included a gray knit top, dark olive AG Adriano Goldschmied skinny jeans, an anorak jacket, and black leather sneakers.

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2014 - Etro

Michelle Obama wearing a black jersey dress with a multi-colored kaleidoscope print by Etro
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Michelle Obama opted for a black jersey dress with a multi-colored kaleidoscope print by Etro, completing her look with a pair of black pointed-toe pumps during a trip to Miami to promote her Let's Move! initiative.

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2013 - J. Mendel

Michelle Obama wearing a white tailored J. Mendel embroidered jacket with an ivory pleated skirt
Theo Wargo / WireImage

The First Lady was in the holiday spirit during the taping of TNT's 'Christmas in Washington,' where she paired a white tailored J. Mendel embroidered jacket with an ivory pleated skirt.

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2013 - Marchesa

Michelle Obama wearing an emerald off-the-shoulder Marchesa Grecian gown
Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool / Getty Images

Michelle Obama had all eyes on her during the 36th Kennedy Center Honors Gala, where she stunned in an emerald off-the-shoulder Marchesa silk chiffon Grecian gown. She kept her accessories light with just a silver necklace and drop earrings.

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2013 - Tracy Reese

Michelle Obama wearing a flared Tracy Reese frock
Andre Chung / MCT via Getty Images

First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King in a flared Tracy Reese frock with scarlet flower detailing.

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2013 - Prabal Gurung

Michelle Obama wearing a floral print Prabal Gurung frock
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Michelle Obama wore a floral print Prabal Gurung frock to meet Prince Harry, who joined her during an early Mother's Day tea party that honored women of military families.

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2013 - Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing a smoke grey and silver art deco Naeem Khan beaded gown
Pete Souza / The White House via Getty Images

FLOTUS appeared via video feed in a custom-made smoke grey and silver art deco Naeem Khan beaded gown to announce 'Argo' as the winner for Best Picture during the Academy Awards. Mrs. Obama finished her look with dangling earrings and her new fringe.

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2013 - Jason Wu

Michelle Obama wearing a leather and quilted tweed Jason Wu frock
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

For President Obama's State of the Union Address, the First Lady showed her support in this leather and quilted tweed Jason Wu frock, accented with a gold flower brooch.

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2013 - Reed Krakoff

Michelle Obama wearing a navy silk and wool crepe dress by Reed Krakoff
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For First Lady's second official portrait, she opted to wear an asymmetrical, navy silk and wool crepe dress by designer Reed Krakoff. "Michelle Obama is one of the great style icons of our time," Krakoff told InStyle.com. "She embodies the strength and empowerment at the core of the Reed Krakoff woman, so it is an honor that she chose to wear one of our designs."

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2013 - Jason Wu

Michelle Obama wearing a red Jason Wu halter gown
Michael Kovac / WireImage

Michelle Obama took the Inaugural Ball stage in a red Jason Wu halter gown and stacked Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark bangles.

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2013 - Thom Browne Jacket, Reed Krakoff and J.Crew

Michelle Obama wearing a navy checked coat by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots, and J.Crew accessories
Chip Somodevilla / Pool / Startraksphoto

The First Lady waved to well-wishers as she made her way through the Capitol during the Inauguration Parade in a navy and light blue checked coat by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots, and J.Crew accessories.

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2013 - Michael Kors

Michelle Obama wearing a glittering black Michael Kors dress
Larry Downing / Landov

The night before the public Inauguration ceremony, Michelle Obama accompanied President Obama to a reception at the National Building Museum celebrating the start of his second term in a glittering black Michael Kors dress.

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2013 - Reed Krakoff

Michelle Obama wearing a custom-made ultramarine Reed Krakoff dress and cardigan
Brendan Smialowski / Pool / Startraksphoto

At President Obama's private swearing-in ceremony at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a custom-made ultramarine Reed Krakoff dress and cardigan.

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2012 - Michael Kors

Michelle Obama wearing a high-shine silk dress by Michael Kors
John Gress / Landov

To kick off President Obama's second term in Chicago, the First Lady chose a magenta pintucked high-shine silk dress look by Michael Kors — a piece she pulled from her closet — with a black shrug, pointy-toe pumps, and a House of Lavande 1950s Schreiner magenta rhinestone brooch.

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2012 - Laura Smalls

Michelle Obama wearing a burgundy floral frock Laura Smalls
Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

Michelle Obama and her two daughters — Sasha and Malia — joined President Obama onstage during the Democratic National Convention wearing a burgundy floral frock by an under-the-radar designer Laura Smalls, along with an Alexis Bittar brooch.

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2012 - Tracy Reese

Michelle Obama wearing a custom-made pink-and-gold frock by Tracy Reese
Alex Wong / Getty Images

Not only did she deliver a moving speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, but Mrs. Obama shined in a pink-and-gold frock custom-made by Detroit-based designer, Tracy Reese.

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2012 - Michael Kors

Michelle Obama wearing a Michael Kors crepe sheath and matching jacket
Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images

The First Lady wore a Michael Kors crepe sheath and matching jacket for President Obama's second presidential debate at Hofstra University.

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2012 - Michael Kors and J. Crew

Michelle Obama wearing a Michael Kors gold crew neck and a J. Crew skirt
Kevin Winter / NBCUniversal / Getty Images

The First Lady walked onto 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' stage in a Michael Kors gold crew neck and a J. Crew skirt accessorized with a House of Lavande jeweled belt and blush pumps.

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2012 - Marchesa

Michelle Obama wearing a teal, off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown and layered Tom Binns necklaces
Alex Wong / Pool / Sipa USA

FLOTUS hosted the British Prime Minister and his wife in Washington D.C. wearing a teal, off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown and layered Tom Binns necklaces.

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2012 - Barbara Tfank

Michelle Obama wearing a sapphire blue dress by Barbara Tfank
Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Michelle Obama attended President Obama's annual State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. wearing a sapphire blue dress by Barbara Tfank accessorized with an Alexis Bittar brooch. "It is a great honor and pleasure to assist The First Lady," said Tfank exclusively to InStyle.com, who customized the look from one of her resort 2012 collection pieces just for the First Lady.

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2012 - J. Mendel

Michelle Obama wearing a scarlet organza one-shoulder J. Mendel gown
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The First Lady attended the BET Honors to present an award to Maya Angelou in a scarlet organza one-shoulder J. Mendel gown.

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2011 - Michael Kors

Michelle Obama wearing a sequin fishtail skirt and a simple black top
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For the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards, Michelle Obama wore a sequin fishtail skirt by Michael Kors and a simple black top with a corset belt by Peter Soronen.

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2011 - Alexander McQueen

Michelle Obama wearing a printed silk and organza Alexander McQueen gown
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Mr. Obama wore a stunning printed silk and organza Alexander McQueen gown paired with ruby and geode Kimberly McDonald earrings for a state dinner with the Republic of China.

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2011 - Vera Wang

Michelle Obama wearing a strapless Vera Wang tulle gown
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Michelle Obama was the belle of the ball in a strapless custom Vera Wang tulle gown with a feathered organza train for the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

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2011 - Ralph Lauren

Michelle Obama wearing Ralph Lauren black evening wear
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Michelle Obama wore her finest Ralph Lauren black evening wear and jewels for a dinner with Queen Elizabeth II in London.

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2011 - Tom Ford

Michelle Obama wearing a white Tom Ford gown
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Mrs. Obama dined at Buckingham Palace in a white Tom Ford gown accessorized with long opera gloves, teardrop danglers, and a crystal minaudière.

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2011 - Doo-Ri Chung

Michelle Obama wearing a draped purple one-shoulder gown
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While hosting a State Dinner with the President and First Lady of South Korea, Michelle Obama wore a draped purple one-shoulder gown designed by Korean-American designer, Doo-Ri Chung.

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2011 - Halston

Michelle Obama wearing a Halston gown with Irit Design jewels
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The First Lady and President Obama hosted the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in a coffee-colored Halston gown with Irit Design jewels. She even got to sit next to comedian Seth Meyers, who made a speech during the event.

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2010 - Norman Norell

Michelle Obama wearing a vintage black dress with lace overlay
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For the filming of the annual "Christmas in Washington" special, Michelle Obama wore a black dress with lace overlay from the 50′s created by the late American designer Norman Norell, which she purchased from New York Vintage in New York City.

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2009 - Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing a hand-made strapless gown by Naeem Khan
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For a state dinner with the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, Michelle Obama wore this hand-made strapless gown by Indian-American designer, Naeem Khan. She accessorized her sequined nude chiffon dress with rose cut, amber and tourmaline pear-shaped Bochic earrings and stacks of gold and diamond bangles.

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2009 - Azzedine Alaia

Michelle Obama wearing a sleek and sophisticated Azzedine Alaia black dress
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Mrs. Obama joined her husband on the red carpet for a NATO event in Baden-Baden, Germany, looking sleek and sophisticated in an Azzedine Alaia little black dress.

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2009 - Peter Soronen

Michelle Obama wearing a sequined gown by Peter Soronen topped with a bold necklace by Tom Binns.
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As Hollywood's biggest stars walked the Oscars' red carpet, Michelle Obama turned heads at the Governors' Dinner wearing an extraordinary sequined gown by Peter Soronen topped with a bold necklace by Tom Binns.

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2009 - Michael Kors

Michelle Obama wearing a sporty Michael Kors dress
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The First Lady chose to bare her arms in a sporty Michael Kors design for her official White House portrait. She finished the look with her favorite accessory, a double-strand pearl necklace.

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2009 - Jason Wu

Michelle Obama wearing an ivory chiffon one-shouldered Jason Wu gown
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The First Lady joined her husband at the Inaugural Ball in the now-iconic ivory chiffon one-shouldered Jason Wu gown adorned with rosette appliqués and beading. The two shared their first dance as President and First Lady to Beyonce singing Etta James' classic "At Last."

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2009 - Isabel Toledo

Michelle Obama wearing a lace-over-wool Isabel Toledo lemongrass matching dress and coat
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Michelle Obama joined President Obama at the inaugural parade wearing a lace-over-wool Isabel Toledo lemongrass matching dress and coat.

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2008 - Narciso Rodriguez

Michelle Obama wearing a black and red Narciso Rodriguez dress
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The morning after Barack Obama swept the polls and was elected as the next president of the United States, the First Lady stepped onto a Chicago stage in a black and red Narciso Rodriguez dress.

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1992 - Wedding Dress

Michelle Obama wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding gown with long sleeves
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Michelle and Barack Obama first met at a law firm in Chicago in 1989 when Michelle (neé Robinson), then 25, was assigned to mentor Obama, a 27-year-old law associate still studying at Harvard. They tied the knot in 1992 where she wore an off-the-shoulder wedding gown with long sleeves paired with a princess-length veil and diamond drop earrings.

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