Michelle Obama's Travel Chic

From meeting heads of state to flying in style, the first lady brings her distinctly American brand of elegance to England. By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

01 of 11

CZECH MATE

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The President gave a nod to John F. Kennedy’s famous introduction of his wife in France, saying, “to paraphrase one my predecessors, I am also proud to be the man who brought Michelle Obama to Prague.” The First Lady wowed the crowd with her bow-topped Moschino blouse, Azzedine Alaia belt and sleek black pencil skirt in the Czech Republic.

02 of 11

LANDING GEAR

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Michelle Obama, alongside her husband, disembarked in Prague in a sleek black sheath topped with a matching bolero cardigan.

03 of 11

TRAVELING PANTS

TRAVELING PANTS
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In addition to gifting France’s First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy with a guitar, the two stylish women went touristing in Strasbourg in flats and trousers.

04 of 11

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

LITTLE BLACK DRESS
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The First Lady returns to her favored arm-baring style in a V-neck black dress with a ribbon-embellished full skirt for the opening of the NATO summit in Baden-Baden.

05 of 11

SPRING FLOWERS

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The First Lady greeted her also-chic French counterpoint – the former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy – in a red and black pixelated floral Thakoon coat over a coordinating sheath, also by Thakoon. For Bruni-Sarkozy’s part, she stuck to her favorite label, wearing a belted suede coat from Dior.

06 of 11

TRÈS CHIC

TRÈS CHIC
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Michelle Obama doffed her coat to reveal a fitted short-sleeve custom Thakoon dress in the opposite print of her coat – a deep red background with scattered black flowers.

07 of 11

HIGH NOTE

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The First Lady goes retro in a cartridge-pleated custom Jason Wu dress topped with pearls and a funky argyle Junya Watanabe cardigan while touring the Royal Opera House with the British prime minister’s wife Sarah Brown in London.

08 of 11

REGAL DOES IT

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Eschewing the traditional hat worn when meeting the Queen of England, the first lady sweeps her hair back to top her black-and-white full-skirted Isabel Toledo dress. Her satin Jason Wu coat came off inside to reveal a simple black Azzedine Alaia cardigan underneath.

09 of 11

MORNING MEETING

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Michelle Obama meets her English counterpart – the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown – in an all-American look from J. Crew, including her beaded cardigan, jacquard skirt and tank top.

10 of 11

POND JUMPER

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Quick change alert! The first lady disembarks in London in a bold chartreuse Jason Wu short-sleeved sheath under a black Michael Kors coat, cinched with her favorite Azzedine Alaia belt.

11 of 11

TAKING OFF

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Alongside the president, Michelle Obama boards Air Force One in Washington, D.C. in an open white tulle tweed coat by Thakoon over a black Michael Kors sheath and low Jimmy Choo heels.

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