Michelle Obama's International Style

The First Lady rocks globally chic fashions while touring South America

01 of 12

PLANE TO SEE

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While disembarking Air Force One in Brazil with her family, wears a sweetly summery red-and-black Tracy Reese dress – which happens to coordinate perfectly with her husband’s sharp suit!

02 of 12

SO GOLDEN

SO GOLDEN
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Naeem Khan’s golden gown was a huge hit at a 2009 state dinner, so it’s no surprise that the First Lady revisits a similar look by the designer for a visit to Palécio da Alvorada in Brazil.

03 of 12

DANCE REVOLUTION

DANCE REVOLUTION
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“For me, fashion is fun,” Obama has said – and she proves it by boogying down with a Capoeira group in Brazil in a one-shoulder watercolor print dress and Alexis Bittar wood and gold bangles.

04 of 12

PRINTED LADY

PRINTED LADY
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Her favorite cause is getting kids active, so it’s no surprise the First Lady showed up to support a soccer team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – wearing a sporty-but-stylish vibrant printed skirt, yellow twinset and contrasting turquoise necklace.

05 of 12

RIO GRAND

RIO GRAND
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The First Family does a little sightseeing, visiting Rio de Janeiro’s famed Christ the Redeemer statue. The first lady perfects her on-the-go outfit by layering a trench over a printed top and sleek pants.

06 of 12

CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA

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Obama continues to shine brightly in a gold jacquard L’Wren Scott dress and Miriam Haskell earrings as she raises a toast to her hosts in El Salvador’s Casa Presidencial.

07 of 12

STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

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Never one to shy away from color, the First Lady goes bold in a striped Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, coordinating yellow Banana Republic bag and Alexis Bittar bangles as she prepares to leave Brazil.

08 of 12

FLOWER CHILD

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She knows what she likes! Obama rocks yet another Alexis Bittar flower brooch – this time making it the standout accessory against her lacy lavender A-line dress for the President’s speech in Chile.

09 of 12

BIG ART

BIG ART
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To help paint a mural in El Salvador, the First Lady doesn’t sacrifice fashion for function; instead, she sports comfy khaki trousers, patterned flats and a printed halter that allow her to move while still looking pulled-together.

10 of 12

PURPLE REIGN

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No wonder they’re called First Ladies: Obama and El Salvador’s Vanda Pignato share top ranking when it comes to style in their color-coordinated purple frocks, which Mrs. O accessorizes with another Alexis Bittar pin.

11 of 12

TOAST OF THE TOWN

TOAST OF THE TOWN
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With outfits like this bright mousseline Sophie Theallet dress and Jordan Alexander earrings and pearls, which she wore to a state dinner in Chile, it’s no surprise that Obama made Vanity Fair’s best dressed list two years in a row.

12 of 12

FLYING HIGH

FLYING HIGH
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The First Lady updates her retro-chic wide-legged trousers with a citrine shell and nude belt, all by Zero + Maria Cornejo, while waving farewell to Santiago, Chile.

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