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WE JUST GLOVE IT
Though we love it when the bares those buff arms, her full-length gloves were an elegant complement to her bow-accented, criss-cross white Tom Ford design, worn to a Buckingham Palace reception in 2011.
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RED-DY AND ABLE
Though Obama took heat from the CFDA for choosing Alexander McQueen (rather than an American designer) for a state dinner with the Chinese president in 2011, we find it hard to critique anything about this elegant, draped print gown. Even less objectionable was the First Lady’s response to the dress drama: “Women, wear what you love!”
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To greet the South Korean president at a state dinner in 2011, Obama picked a rich violet one-shoulder Doo.Ri creation with a contrasting turquoise beaded belt by designer Doo-Ri Chung. If we were Malia Obama, we’d already have our eye on this one for prom.
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Is there anything she can’t do? She’s fighting childhood obesity, helping veteran families – and, in her long sleeved crewneck and glittering Michael Kors skirt, she’s giving us an idea for what to wear to an upcoming black tie wedding where we were planning to shiver in a strapless dress. Thanks, Mrs. O!
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GO FOR GLAMOUR
For the White House’s first black-tie dinner in 2009, Obama pulled out all the stops in an allover sequin iridescent gunmetal gown, plus a killer statement necklace, something that’s become a fixture of the First Lady’s fancy ensembles.
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“I feel so happy,” said up-and-coming designer Naeem Khan after Obama wore his elegant cream-and-silver column to a state dinner for the Indian prime minister in 2009. And it’s no wonder: since she sported his gown, the designer’s romantic creations have been spotted on everyone from to .
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Jason Wu was another young designer whose career was launched when Obama surprised him by picking his design for her first Inaugural Ball; he said he was “emotional” to see her in his dress that night. So he must have been really beside himself when Obama donated the gown, which she called “a masterpiece”, to the Smithsonian in 2010.
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Because the First Lady’s style motto is “I have to wear what I love,” her black-tie style can be totally unpredictable. But if she’s reading this and taking notes, we’d like to say that we especially love her in rich, royal shades, like this sapphire Vera Wang number worn to the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.
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True, we never saw the full-length shots of this elegant paisley-print Naeem Khan number, worn to a 2012 event. But based on the perfect fit of the bodice and the cool, unexpected pattern, we couldn’t help but include it anyway. Let’s hope there weren’t some crazy things happening below the knees.
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We definitely wouldn’t want to be whoever is in charge of the First Lady’s many suitcases on state trips. But we wouldn’t mind being her stylist – then we would get to pick out pretty outfits like this silky gray top, worn with a shimmering velvet full-length skirt to a dinner in India in 2010.