2008 witnessed Obama-mania, as designers like Sonia Rykiel, Rachel Roy, and Zac Posen fashioned stylish t-shirts and dresses supporting the election of our new President.

In 2009, however, Barack was eclipsed in the fashion department by his fabulously down to earth yet effortlessly chic wife, Michelle.
Michelle’s style from inauguration to the G20 summit and beyond has spawned lookbooks and blogs, and sent J.Crew’s stock skyward thanks to her propensity for their cashmere cardigans and pencil skirts. Most notable for her patronage of younger designers, she has worn everyone from Jason Wu to Thakoon to Sophie Theallat.

Let’s take a look at some of her best looks:


She dazzled at Barack’s inauguration in January, slipping on an Isabel Toledo coat, Nina Ricci sweater, and Jimmy Choo heels.

michelle-obama-jason-wuAnd celebrated that night in an ethereal Jason Wu creation with jewelry by Loree Rodkin.


As she began to settle into her White House life, she also began to settle into her personal style, which quickly became defined by pencil skirts, kitten heels, and cardigans set off by waist cinching belts.


Though she did diverge from the norm at times, choosing showstoppers like this vibrant dress by Stevie Wonder’s wife, Kai Milla…


Colorful creations like this dress by Jason Wu….

… Conversation pieces like this oft asked about Basso & Burke blouse…

Michelle Obama Red Dress

…And saucy shifts like this ravishing red Moises de la Renta…


She generally kept it classy yet pretty in prim J.Crew separates and demure heels…


And playful shirtdresses like this number by Sophie Theallat.

Whether in floor length gowns or comfy sneakers, Michelle has brought a renewed flavor to the White House, and created the biggest fashion furor over a First Lady I’ve ever personally seen.

What do you think?


18 thoughts on “Best of 2009 : Michelle Obama’s Style”

  1. Michelle is one the best dressed in 2009, if not the best! She is always in something classy, sophisticated, chic and age appropriate. Beauty and brains!

  2. At last – a beautiful, classy, educated, married (before kids), articulate well dressed, powerful black woman that little black girls can look up to, emulate and aspire to be.

    Thank you, Jesus.

  3. I think she is just absolutely stunning hands down-Her dress game is definitely on point, classy, elegant, sophisticated all in one.

  4. Michelle style has been flawless from day one! I love the fact that she is not afraid to experiment with colors and designs. Her look is simply effortless, finally a role model we can look up to on an academic and fashion level combined.

    She rocks and she rules!

  5. She is so fabulous . Makes you realise that gone are the days that you dressed like “a first lady”.

  6. she look so nice ,i don’t knew what can i say i love her so so much………………………………………..

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