Michelle Obama, Style Icon

As the president is to represent the American people, so is our first lady.

The office of the First Lady is an unpaid position: while they didn’t necessarily run for it themselves, they’re apart of the package. And from the causes that they’ll be bringing to light to how they present themselves, they’re expected to use their position to represent, empower and uplift the American people. 

Michelle Obama brought attention to smaller American designers, like Jason Wu. She can go from that atelier Versace chainmail gown at the Final State Dinner with the Italian Prime Minister and his wife to a J. Crew sweater set. Whether it's Tom Ford in London, because he lives there or Korean-American designer Doo.ri Chung for the state dinner with the President and First Lady of South Korea, Michelle Obama's style choices were deliberate and thoughtful. Of the moment. She can hang with vet wives, or Anna Wintour. She’s beautiful, she’s statuesque, but she’s down to earth and sporty. Kind of similar to what we love about Kate Middleton. Here are some of our favorite looks from this style icon and how you can do it your way.

the rose gold gown.

gown,   LOVE REIGNS  , $126 |   diamond drop earrings  , $225

gown, LOVE REIGNS, $126 | diamond drop earrings, $225

the cobalt blue fit and flare.

dress,   HALSTON HERITAGE  , $445 | shoes,   MANOLO BLAHNIK  , $595

dress, HALSTON HERITAGE, $445 | shoes, MANOLO BLAHNIK, $595

the statement coat with a pop of color.

coat,   UP TO BE  , $95 | boots,   STEVE MADDEN  , $149 | gloves,   AGNELLE  , $78

coat, UP TO BE, $95 | boots, STEVE MADDEN, $149 | gloves, AGNELLE, $78

sporty chic.

sweater,   LAND’S END  , $50 | coat,   BARBOUR  , $419 | jeans,   7 FOR ALL MANKIND JEANS  , $169 | sneakers,   ADIDAS  , $160

sweater, LAND’S END, $50 | coat, BARBOUR, $419 | jeans, 7 FOR ALL MANKIND JEANS, $169 | sneakers, ADIDAS, $160

vintage-inspired elegance.

dress,   AIDAN MATTOX  , $395 | earrings,   LORD & TAYLOR  , $40 | shoes,   SOPHIA WEBSTER  , $495

dress, AIDAN MATTOX, $395 | earrings, LORD & TAYLOR, $40 | shoes, SOPHIA WEBSTER, $495

First Lady favorite, J. Crew.

sweater,   RED VALENTINO  , $306 | skirt,   J. CREW  , $110 | shoes,   KENDALL + KYLIE  , $104

sweater, RED VALENTINO, $306 | skirt, J. CREW, $110 | shoes, KENDALL + KYLIE, $104