A Glimpse of Michelle Obama’s Fashion Legacy

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During the Obama’s final days in office, fashion critics are commending the first lady for her iconic fashion choices over the last 8 years.

First lady Michelle Obama will be marked down in white house history for being one of the most fashionable first ladies of the United States (FLOTUS). Fashion critics are comparing Michelle Obama’s fashion influence to previous first ladies including Nancy Regan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and the late great first lady Jackie O’.

Michelle Obama is known for making fashion choices that showcase elegance and patriotism like first lady Nancy Regan. Throughout the Regan presidency, Nancy Regan was known for showing off her patriotism by wearing her signature color “Regan Red.” Michelle Obama has shown patriotism through fashion on more than one occasion like in May of 2010, when she wore a gorgeous blue gown designed by Peter Soronen to the Mexico State dinner.

Also in FLOTUS history, Barbara Bush connected with the people by wearing $29 shoes to her husband’s inauguration and Hillary Clinton showed everyone who was boss when she wore pant suites throughout her husband’s presidency.

However, Michelle is the first FLOTUS since Jackie O’ whose style has allowed her influence and win over the hearts of many American’s.


 Jackie O’ wearing Oscar de la Renta via Getty images.

Michelle Obama will go down in FLOTUS history for being one of the most inspiring first ladies but she didn’t just get there by making gowns look effortless. From the moment the public was introduced to this first lady she made fashion choices worth noticing that the public could relate to.

Michelle started using fashion to look like she was “one of us” on the road while campaigning with her husband for presidency in 2008, by wearing popular street brands like H&M, and ASOS.  Michelle continued going down the road of wearing relatable fashion after moving into the White house, as we previously reported she is known for wearing select items from J. Crew.  Like in this picture that was taken when she wore a J. Crew to meet Sarah Brown

Over the course of 8 years, Michelle has was an ambassador for the US fashion industry. She was a strong support of popular American brands. On election night in 2008, she wore a Narciso Rodriguez dress on election night. Since then she has worn Ralph Lauren, Micheal Kors and Calvin Klein.


Michelle Obama is a champion for American designers and a first lady that resonates with the people through fashion. However her she hasn’t always been applauded for everything she has worn in her closet.

When Michelle wore a sleeveless dress in 2009 she was criticized by hundreds of people for “being inappropriate.” The first lady also received backlash for wearing a British designer to meet the Chinese president Hu Jintao in 2011


 Michelle Obama wearing Roksanda Ilincic in 2011 via Rex

The first lady Michelle Obama’s fashion legacy will be remembered for all of the right reasons. She was supportive, stylish and relatable. She used the pieces of her wardrobe to create colorful and youthful looks, as well as maintaining a timeless appeal. Throughout the past eight year’s Michelle Obama has re-imagined shift dresses, full gowns and simple cardigans.

I fell in love with fashion as a young girl. As I grew older I developed my passion for writing. Now I hope to turn my two passions into a career. I am looking forward to building my career as a fashion journalist. I enjoy following and writing about fashion trends. I am a minimalist when it comes to my personal style. Lastly I love matte and neutral colors.

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