Barack Obama’s second Presidential Inauguration was a truly historic event. However, while the pundits and political junkies focused on the President’s Inaugural Address, the rest of us waited with baited breath to see what (and who) our always fabulous First Lady would be wearing for the day’s events and the FLOTUS did not disappoint!
First things first—love the bangs. Michelle Obama always goes for easy hairstyles that don’t look too ‘done’ and her new fringe is a perfect easy, breezy update.
Not since Jackie Kennedy has a First Lady made such a style impact—one photo op can launch a design career. Aside from flawless taste and a great eye for accessorizing, what makes Michelle so iconic is her ability to make everything she wears look effortless, fun, and attainable. She isn’t afraid to take a risk and always keeps it exciting by experimenting with vibrant color, showcasing emerging designers, and boldly mixing couture with J. Crew.
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Ms. Obama’s inauguration fashion spectacular began on Monday morning with a beautifully tailored navy silk jacquard dress and coat by Thom Browne and J. Crew pumps. Later, she added an embellished J. Crew belt and raspberry gloves and swapped the pumps for Reed Krakoff suede knee-high boots. Indoors, she topped her sleeveless sheath with a cropped Reed Krakoff cardigan.
For the Inaugural Ball, she was breathtaking in a dramatic ruby chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown with Jimmy Choo shoes. Wu summed it up to Women’s Wear Daily “After four years in office, I thought the country was ready to see a confident first lady in red. It just felt right.”
Last, but definitely not least, our FLOTUS wore a gorgeous winter white wool appliqué Naeem Khan coat and dress reminiscent of the Isabel Toledo ensemble she wore in 2009.
THE FIRST DAUGHTERS
When it comes to inauguration fashion, we can’t forget the First Daughters who were front and center throughout. Clearly both girls have inherited their mother’s phenomenal taste as well as her love of color. Malia wore a natty plum J. Crew coat while her sister Sasha chose periwinkle Kate Spade.
ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
Thom Browne • This New York based designer, best known for sleek, slim-fitting menswear, only recently branched out into women’s wear.
Reed Krakoff • Although he may not a household name (yet), as Executive Creative Director for Coach, just about everyone is familiar with his clean, classic, modern aesthetic.
Jason Wu • Michelle Obama put this bright young designer on the map when she chose his gown for the 2009 Inaugural Ball.
Naeem Khan • Known for sumptuous, elegant designs that reflect his Indian upbringing.?
Check out all of Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Weekend looks!