Lifestyle Style Michelle Obama's International Style The First Lady rocks globally chic fashions while touring South America By Alex Apatoff Alex Apatoff Instagram Twitter Alex Apatoff is the Executive Editor of PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for more than a decade, holding various roles on the Style and Beauty team before becoming the site's Lifestyle Director to coordinate the work across the commerce, evergreen, features and marketing teams. Prior to her role at PEOPLE, Alex worked at Us Weekly (where, among other things, she oversaw the Fashion Police pages) and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 24, 2011 09:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 12 PLANE TO SEE Jason Reed/Reuters/Landov 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 Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov 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 Elza Fiuza/Fama News/Abaca “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 Jason Reed/Reuters/Landov 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 Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP 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 Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov 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 Felipe Dana/AP 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 Marcelo Hernandez/Landov 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 Edgard Garrido/Reuters/Landov 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 Edgard Garrido/Reuters/Landov 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 Roberto Baez/UPI/Landov 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 Luis Hildalgo/Reuters/Landov 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.