Michelle Obama's 2009 Style Diary
The First Lady enjoyed a night out on the town in a multi-hued print dress. She added black and open-toe flats from Maison Martin Margiela.
The First Lady joined her husband in a Christmas Day celebration alongside members of the military and their families. For the festive event, Mrs. Obama wore a tiered Narciso Rodriguez sundress, bracelets and hoop earrings.
Mrs. Obama deplaned in Hawaii wearing a bold blue empire-waist dress with ruched sleeves. A traditional jasmine lei completed her look.
The First Lady volunteered in a double-breasted tweed peacoat and wide-leg trousers. Skipping bold brights, Mrs. Obama chose a subdued black and white color palette.
The First Lady revealed her famous arms in a V-neck gown by Isabel Toledo. She accented the retro-inspired design with sparkling bangles and hoop earrings.
The First Lady traversed the White House lawn in a camel and black ensemble by Narciso Rodriguez. She accessorized the look, which she previously wore to the Inaugural "We Are One" concert, with a cutout belt and knee-high flat boots.
The First Lady chose an ice-blue Azzedine Alaia gown for the formal event, emphasizing the design's beaded tiers with shoulder-dusting diamond earrings.
The consummate recycler announced the theme of "Reflect, Rejoice, Renew" at a press preview of the First Family's seasonal decor. Mrs. Obama wore a teal Michael Kors sheath at the festive event.
Mrs. Obama awaited the Indian Prime Minister and his wife in a silk-chiffon column gown by Naeem Khan. She played up the dress's sterling-silver sequins with diamond bangles and bejeweled custom earrings from Bochic.
Mrs. Obama attended the ceremony in the East Room wearing an origami-inspired Moschino sheath. She added a floral brooch to the dress's fabric rosette detail and finished the look with silver pumps.
The First Lady applauded women in the military, wearing a lavender dress from Anne Klein New York. The sheath dress featured a grosgrain waistband and a floral-print bodice.
Mrs. Obama stepped into the South High School library in Denver wearing an argyle Moschino cardigan over a mauve top. She accessorized the understated combo-which she added to black trousers-with a lavender belt and a stack of colored pearl bracelets.
The First Lady attended the wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in a turquoise ensemble. She belted a tweed J. Crew coat over a Maria Pinto sheath and added patent boots.
The First Lady wore an appropriately somber black dress and matching coat to meet with families of the soldiers impacted by the Fort Hood shootings.
The First Lady joked with her daughter in a characteristically tone-on-tone outfit. She topped cobalt jeans and a blue mixed-pattern top with a teal cardigan and added patent accessories.
Mrs. Obama braced herself against the autumn chill in a rust-hued trench over velvet trousers. She accessorized with black flats and oversize sunglasses.
Mrs. Obama hosted a practice competition at the Department of Energy wearing a Moschino jacket. She layered the brush-stroke piece over black basics and added a silver bow pin.
For a classical music concert in the East Room, the First Lady was elegantly attired in a fitted sheath from Talbots. She finished the look with bronze kitten heels and a stack of gold bangles.
The First Lady triumphed in another tonal look, including a cobalt dress (accessorized with a Moschino brooch), a teal cardigan and kelly-green heels. Perhaps she was inspired by the bright green sashes worn by her young visitors?
Mrs. Obama wore an official World Series sweatshirt and black jeans when she took in the first pitch of the opening game alongside legendary Yankee Yogi Berra. Dr. Jill Biden joined the pair in applauding the ceremonial throw by Retired Army Captain Tony Ordierna.
Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden met with breast cancer survivors for a discussion on ways to prevent and detect the disease. The First Lady wore a watercolor Moschino skirt and a gray sweater cinched at the waist with a lacy leather belt.
Mrs. Obama hosted a children's health event on the South Lawn wearing a twist-front Jason Wu top with a bright blue cardigan, cropped trousers and a stack of Loree Rodkin bracelets. The sleek outfit did not prevent the First Lady from hula-hooping, jumping rope and sprinting with her young guests.
For a speech to the federal agency, Mrs. Obama layered a black sweater over a white button-down and added a matching scroll-print skirt from J. Crew.
For a speech at the Florida Campus Compact's annual awards gala, Mrs. Obama wore a colorful print dress and gold bangles. She later topped the sheath with a J. Crew cardigan.
Mrs. Obama spoke on children's health care wearing a black cardigan and coordinating purple and black print skirt, both from Michael Kors. The First Lady added sparkle to the look with an oversize jeweled brooch.
The First Family exited St. John's Episcopal Church following a Sunday morning service. Mrs. Obama wore a salmon Moschino skirt with a matching top and an embellished animal-print cardigan, belted at the waist with a brown ribbon.
Mrs. Obama layered up for an after-dark event, topping lightweight sweaters in shades of purple with a Zero + Maria Cornejo jacket. The First Lady joined her husband and a group of middle school students to peer through a telescope on the South Lawn.
The First Couple celebrated their seventeenth wedding anniversary at the Blueduck Tavern in Washington D.C. Mrs. Obama accessorized a little black halter dress from Narciso Rodriguez with an electric-blue clutch, Jimmy Choo sandals and a sleek updo.
The First Lady topped her vintage-inspired Michael Kors metallic silk matelasse dress with a short-sleeved cardigan and added bronze kitten-heel pumps. Mrs. Obama wore the lemon-yellow sheath to meet Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark.
Mrs. Obama chose an anything-but-fussy Thakoon suit for her entrance to Amalienberg Castle in Denmark. She belted the blue floral two-piece with a navy velvet sash and added a strand of pearls and silver kitten heels.
The First Lady landed in Copenhagen to meet with the Olympic Committee wearing a mix of patterns. She paired a tweed Jason Wu sheath with a polka-dot print jacket.
Wow! Mrs. Obama attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation event in an elaborately embellished shift from Jason Wu. She upped the sparkle with glittering black heels, dangling deco earrings and a wrist of diamond bangles.
The First Lady welcomed fellow spouses of the delegation wearing a geometric print design from Zero + Maria Cornejo. She cinched the wrap design with a studded Sacai belt.
Talk about traveling in style! The First Lady wore a peasant-style polka-dot design from Diane von Furstenberg for her plane trip to Pittsburgh. She added sleek silver flats to the teal and taupe shirtdress.
The First Lady joined her husband in New York City at the United Nations headquarters wearing a Michael Kors silk shantung suit. Mrs. Obama added diamond bangles and stud earrings to the sophisticated two-piece.
The First Lady joined a discussion on health care wearing a boldly patterned Diane von Furstenberg skirt with a button-down shirt, sage cardigan and wide belt.
The First Lady put a colorful new spin on the evening sheath in an oversize floral print dress and green pumps. Mrs. Obama attended the posthumous awarding of a military medal to Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti.
The First Lady strolled to a Chicago-led showcase (the Obama's hometown is making a bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games), in a floral skirt topped with a lemon T-shirt, turquoise cardigan and purple studded belt. She finished the colorful look with green Jimmy Choo pumps.
For a somber moment of silence alongside her husband, the First Lady wore a fitted black sheath and cropped cardigan. She finished the look with patent flats and her signature strand of pearls.
The First Lady returned from a family trip to Camp David wearing a sleeveless wrap dress and flats. She finished the chic holiday look with oversize sunglasses in green and black.
Mrs. Obama paired a simple black dress with sleek toe-loop Martin Margiela sandals and an oversize tote. She added a stack of beaded bracelets and a shoulder-slung cardigan to her vacation look.
The First Lady accessorized a favorite ribbon-striped Sophie Theallet shirtdress with her Azzedine Alaia studded belt for a somber trip to Massachusetts for Senator Edward Kennedy's funeral.
The vacationing First Lady made her way to Air Force One wearing a banded white sundress from Sophie Theallet. She last chose this dress for a Ghanaian hospital visit.
The First Lady joined her husband in Arizona wearing a striped seersucker dress. The clever blue and white design incorporated handy pockets into the side seams.
Mrs. Obama wore a budget-friendly Merona print dress from Target for her visit to Arizona. The expert accessorizer added a signature studded belt.
Michelle Obama showed off her mix mastery as she left her home for a family vacation. She layered a solid pink cardi over a favorite floral Gap button-down and added a trio of silver pendant necklaces.
Mrs. Obama welcomed the newest Supreme Court Associate Justice to the White House in a black and white ensemble from Jason Wu. The First Lady added turquoise accents including a short-sleeve cardigan and an Erickson Beamon brooch.
Mrs. Obama spoke to sailors and their families in a cotton print dress from Talbots. The First Lady accented the deep orange dress with a vintage flower pin from the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection.
Mrs. Obama wore a bow-bedecked Jason Wu teal shift underneath a short-sleeve lavender cardigan for a visit to the Washington Marine Barracks. She accessorized the bold combination with simple patent kitten heels.
Mrs. Obama lit up the stage at a salute to country music in an embroidered batiste dress by Michael Kors. But the real story was her clever updo, which had bloggers buzzing that the First Lady had undergone a major chop.
Mrs. Obama spread some sunshine in a Ghanaian maternity ward wearing a satin striped sundress from Sophie Theallet. The First Lady wore a shirtdress version of the design back in April.
The First Lady visited the Vatican wearing an all-black Moschino ensemble, including an organza top, crepe skirt and silk veil. Mrs. Obama joined her husband in paying their respects to the pontiff.
The First Lady visited the medieval city of L'Aquila wearing a sunny yellow J. Crew skirt, Liz Claiborne print cardigan and a Moschino brooch. Mrs. Obama was part of a tour given to the spouses of members of the G8 summit.
Mrs. Obama chose a vibrant canary sheath from Jason Wu for a visit to Rome's Quirinale Palace. The First Lady punched up the '60s-inspired dress with an oversize kelly-green brooch.
The First Lady's embroidered Jason Wu sheath was just too good not to wear twice! Mrs. Obama debuted the dress during a November interview with Barbara Walters before recycling it for a visit to the Pervaya Gradskaya Hospital in Russia.
The First Family looked uber-stylish as they deplaned Air Force One in Moscow. Mrs. Obama layered a peach coat from Michael Kors over a coral Narciso Rodriguez sheath, while her daughters wore matching trenches from J. Crew.
Mrs. Obama skipped the traditional red, white and blue in favor of a sleek black and white Narciso Rodriguez shift. The First Lady wore the empire-waist dress, along with metallic flats, to a South Lawn celebration with military families.
Mrs. Obama spoke at D.C.'s Upper Cardoza Center in a cropped, bell-sleeve jacket cinched with a favorite Givenchy belt. She paired the elegant top with classic black trousers.
What, no lei for Bo? Mrs. Obama got festive in a drop-waist floral dress, topped with a lush necklace of flowers. The First Lady (and the First Dog) joined her family and members of Congress on the South Lawn for an Hawaiian-style celebration.
The First Lady pitched in to build a playground wearing her favorite new pair of Puma sneakers. Mrs. Obama joined the students of Bret Harte Elementary School in a pretty print top from Suno worn with a cropped cardigan and capris.
Mrs. Obama joined her young gardening buddies on the South Lawn of the White House wearing a familiar floral cardigan from Gap. Showing her love of color, the First Lady added matching coral jeans and a striped tank.
The First Lady exercised the Portuguese water dog in a colorful pair of Madras shorts, along with an orange tank and purple flats. "I have to say, he is the best puppy in the whole wide world," she has said. "I love him to death."
Mrs. Obama took a stroll in the gardens of 10 Downing Street with the wife of Britain's Prime Minister. The First Lady wore a pleated print dress from Jason Wu under a short-sleeve cardigan and studded belt.
Mrs. Obama layered lemon and lavender cardigans over a colorful embellished tunic for a trip to the famed London cathedral. The First Lady finished the playful look with simple black trousers and patent flats.
For a spending spree with her daughters, Mrs. Obama wore a hand-embellished dress from Tracy Feith. The First Lady topped the fanciful design, called "the Lei", with a practical cardigan and added silver flats.
The First Lady visited the famous Parisian monument wearing a shirt and vest from Rick Owens Lilies. She accessorized the chic-and comfortable-pieces with a violet ToyWatch and a patterned Prova scarf.
Mrs. Obama joined the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, for a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Colleville-sur-mer. Both fashion icons wore belted white dresses, Bruni-Sarkozy in Dior and Mrs. Obama in a Narciso Rodriguez dress, a Michael Kors coat, a Givenchy belt and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Mrs. Obama wore flowers to plant vegetables with the students of D.C.'s Bancroft Elementary. She added a bright yellow cardigan to her floral-print shirt for a gardening session with the children, who helped her with the White House kitchen plot. "Everything is blooming," the First Lady reported of their initial project.
Mrs. Obama wore a ‘60s-inspired Isaac Mizrahi ensemble to celebrate the reopening of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it," the purple-clad First Lady said in her speech. "Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation."
Mrs. Obama chose an off-the-shoulder Basso & Brooke print top and cropped white pants for an evening of music and spoken word performances in the East Room. "The President and I are so proud to welcome this group of talented performers," said the First Lady. "Please enjoy, have fun, be loose."
The First Lady wore a bold sheath dress by Michael Kors and a St. Erasmus jeweled statement necklace to the star-studded event at the Washington Hilton. President Obama applauded his wife's signature sleeveless look, saying, "No matter which party you belong to we can all agree that Michelle has the right to bare arms."
The First Lady wore a sleek black Michael Kors gown cinched with a Peter Soronen corset and accented with Loree Rodkin diamonds to accept an award from Time magazine in New York City. "I never imagined that I would be in a position to be a role model for girls around the globe. Girls who look at me and see something more for themselves, more than society expects of them," Obama said at the event.
The First Lady has a pattern preference-she wore a third argyle sweater to an elementary school's Cinco de Mayo performance. Mrs. Obama complemented the lavender and white J. Crew cardigan with a gray pleated skirt and metallic python flats.
For a night out with her husband at D.C.'s Citronelle restaurant, Mrs. Obama paired an Azzedine Alaia fishtail blouse with cropped black pants. She added a splash of color with a bright-blue box clutch.
Mrs. Obama chose a '50s-inspired shirtdress by Sophie Theallet to unveil a bust of abolitionist Sojourner Truth in the U.S. Capitol building. The cotton glacÃ© design featured multi-colored satin stripes on the skirt.
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The First Lady sat down with Queen Rania of Jordan wearing a pleated linen dress from Rodarte. Mrs. Obama accented the feather-embellished design with three multi-hued strands of glass pearls from Erickson Beamon.
Mrs. Obama slipped on some gardening gloves to help Student Conservation Association volunteers plant a tree at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. The rest of her sleek ensemble included motorcycle boots, slim black trousers and a ribbon embellished t-shirt from Lanvin.
Mrs. Obama led the way when the First Family showed off their brand-new Portuguese water dog, Bo. Perhaps taking a cue from the puppy's glossy coat, she wore an all-black ensemble topped with an oversized anorak.
In front of a crowd of 30,000 people, Mrs. Obama joined her husband for a speech wearing a dramatic blouse from Moschino's Spring 2009 collection with a black Michael Kors pencil skirt and a cardigan cinched at the waist with her favorite Azzedine Alaia belt.