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By Colleen Kratofil
Updated January 13, 2016 06:26 PM
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In eight years, Michelle Obama has certainly solidified her status as one of the most fashionable first ladies ever. She’s promoted up-and-coming designers from the start (she wore a relatively unknown-at-the-time Jason Wu dress to her first Inaugural Ball), she isn’t afraid to wear the most colorful, daring prints and don’t even get us started on her formal attire (here’s a highlight of just some of her glamorous moments).

Since her eighth and final State of the Union dress set Twitter on fire last night, we’re looking back to the beginning of her spotlight-stealing style.

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2009
To support President Obama’s very first address to Congress, she chose a sleeveless, deep purple V-neck dress. And her decision to exercise her right to bare arms got everyone talking that year.

2010
The next year she avoided any controversy by opting for long sleeves in another deep jewel-tone dress, this one by Isaac Mizrahi. The fitted top, full skirt and tasteful pearls created an utterly classic ensemble, and no one loved it more than the designer himself. In a video blog he shared, “I go swimming every morning and I managed to casually bring up the State of the Union address about seventeen times, and Mrs. Obama about eighteen times,” he joked. “The whole gym was just abuzz with the news!”

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2011
In 2011 she traded in the deep berry hues for for a shimmery silver Rachel Roy shift. And the designer was so excited she told InStyle, “I am humbled by the tremendous support she has shown me and it is always the highest honor to have her wear one of my designs.”

2012
The First Lady stood out among the sea of black and navy suits with this iridescent cobalt Barbara Tfank cap-sleeve design for her fourth address.

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2013
She wore Jason Wu gowns to both Inaugural Balls, and she also made sure to give the brand some love at the SOTU too. In 2013 she chose a red organza tweed flounce dress with a black yoke and accessorized with a jeweled Alexis Bittar flower brooch.

2014
Though she loves a good sheath, she stepped outside of her comfort zone with a flouncy Azzedine Alaïa dress featuring a full skirt, fitted bodice and cropped jacket in 2014.

2015
If this gray Michael Kors jacket and skirt looks awfully familiar, that’s because she stole a look from
The Good Wife
‘s Alicia Florrick’s wardrobe. Let’s just say it was the ultimate First Lady Faceoff.

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2016
And finally, she commemorated the last SOTU as First Lady in the brightest hue of them all — an optimistic marigold sleeveless midi Narciso Rodriguez dress that received so much love on Twitter, it sold out immediately.

What do you think of the First Lady’s style? Which outfit was your favorite? Share with us in the comments below!

–Colleen Kratofil