This Might Be the Most Simply Elegant Dress Michelle Obama Has Ever Worn

Michelle Obama doesn't just choose a dress because she likes it — instead, she takes all things into consideration. The first lady selects her outfits based on who designed them and whether they're suitable for the event she's attending. The gown she wore to Friday's state dinner, which honored Chinese President Xi Jinping, could not have been more appropriate.

Custom-made by Chinese-American designer Vera Wang, Michelle's off-the-shoulder mermaid dress was simple but one of the most elegant creations we think we've ever seen. Featuring dainty chiffon sleeves, a fitted bodice, and tiered train, this number was all about the little details — and the FLOTUS wore it well, accessorizing with stunning emerald jewels.

Read on to see Michelle's gown from all angles, along with Vera's excited tweet about being chosen to dress the first lady for the occasion, and don't miss the adorable shot of Michelle fixing the president's bow tie — you know, so he looked just as perfectly put together as his lovely wife.

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Michelle shared a sneak peek of the gorgeous setting on Instagram, writing, "First glance at tonight's China State Dinner."