50 Reasons We Want to Copy Michelle Obama's Style

Being the first lady is by no means an easy job, but Michelle Obama always managed to do it in style. Whether she is stepping out on the red carpet at a formal function or just heading out for a walk with Barack, we love how she always manages to give an elegant look her own surprising spin.

With some heavy-hitting designers in her corner (hello, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, and Tom Ford!), we've come to expect not just a great outfit but a bona-fide style moment every time she appears in the public eye. While she may no longer be gracing the halls of the White House, Michelle continues to amaze with her fierce style and a drive to change the world for the better.

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Statement Stripes Are Always in Style
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Statement Stripes Are Always in Style

Wearing an Elie Saab suit from the Spring 2019 collection.

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Being Bold Is a Great Thing
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Being Bold Is a Great Thing

Wearing a bright yellow dress and thigh-high gold Balenciaga boots.

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Classic Pantsuits and Sparkles Are a Perfect Pair
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Classic Pantsuits and Sparkles Are a Perfect Pair

Wearing a purple custom Sergio Hudson pantsuit and a sparkly bustier.

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Have a Little Surprise Up Your Sleeve
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Have a Little Surprise Up Your Sleeve

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Don't Be Afraid to Sparkle and Shine
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Don't Be Afraid to Sparkle and Shine

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There's No Such Thing as a Hue Too Bright or a Print Too Bold
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There's No Such Thing as a Hue Too Bright or a Print Too Bold

Wearing a Kenzo dress and Roksanda Ilincic belt during a trip to Tokyo in 2015.

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Matching Your SO Is Pretty Darn Adorable
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Matching Your SO Is Pretty Darn Adorable

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When You Can Rock a Runway Look, Do it
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When You Can Rock a Runway Look, Do it

This Tanya Taylor tank dress actually took the form of a two-piece set on the designer's Spring 2014 runway.

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Tropical Prints Aren't Just For Dads
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Tropical Prints Aren't Just For Dads

Wearing Mary Katrantzou in June 2015.

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Ombré Is More Than Just a Hairstyle
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Ombré Is More Than Just a Hairstyle

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A Great Midi Dress Will Take You From Work to Play
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A Great Midi Dress Will Take You From Work to Play

Wearing a custom floral-appliqué Naeem Khan dress.

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Never Underestimate the Power of Prints
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Never Underestimate the Power of Prints

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When It's Your Moment in the Spotlight, Go All Out
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When It's Your Moment in the Spotlight, Go All Out

Wearing a beaded blue silk faille Carolina Herrera gown and coordinated Sutra earrings.

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Black Tie Doesn't Mean Black Dress
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Black Tie Doesn't Mean Black Dress

Wearing a hand-draped gown by Marchesa in 2013.

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Plaid Isn't Just For Lumberjacks
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Plaid Isn't Just For Lumberjacks

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Keep an Eye Out For Affordable Fashion Finds
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Keep an Eye Out For Affordable Fashion Finds

In a yellow-and-white dress from Talbots.

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Boatneck Dresses Look Great on Land Too
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Boatneck Dresses Look Great on Land Too

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Relaxed Outfits Can Still Be Polished
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Relaxed Outfits Can Still Be Polished

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When You're Sticking to One Color Head to Toe, Switch Up the Hue
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When You're Sticking to One Color Head to Toe, Switch Up the Hue

Wearing various shades of blue in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Khakis Aren't Just For the Guys
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Khakis Aren't Just For the Guys

Wearing khaki cropped trousers and a printed blouse while visiting Dakar, Senegal, with the president.

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Outfit Repeating Is Totally Underrated
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Outfit Repeating Is Totally Underrated

Wearing a blue-printed Tracy Reese dress and flats.

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Always Opt For a Little Sparkle
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Always Opt For a Little Sparkle

Wearing an embellished navy top and blue-and-gold pleated skirt.

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Match Your Shoes and Your Purse to Make an Outfit Feel Extra Put Together
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Match Your Shoes and Your Purse to Make an Outfit Feel Extra Put Together

Wearing a powder-blue Zac Posen set and sleek black accessories.

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Dressing to a Theme Doesn't Have to Be Cheesy
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Dressing to a Theme Doesn't Have to Be Cheesy

Wearing a custom-made silver art-deco-inspired Naeem Khan gown on Oscars night in 2012.

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A Long Red Dress Will Always Make a Statement
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A Long Red Dress Will Always Make a Statement

In a custom ruby chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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A Matching Dress and Jacket Make For Serious Power Suiting
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A Matching Dress and Jacket Make For Serious Power Suiting

Wearing a custom ivory wool-appliqué Naeem Khan coat and matching sleeveless dress.

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Bold Hues and Prints are Great, but Sometimes It's the Material That Makes the Dress
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Bold Hues and Prints are Great, but Sometimes It's the Material That Makes the Dress

Wearing a pink-and-gold toile Tracy Reese dress and J.Crew pumps.

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Black Will Always Look Great, but Sometimes It Takes a Pop of Color to Stand Out From the Crowd
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Black Will Always Look Great, but Sometimes It Takes a Pop of Color to Stand Out From the Crowd

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Keep All Eyes on Your Dress by Choosing Simple Shoes
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Keep All Eyes on Your Dress by Choosing Simple Shoes

Wearing a boldly printed Duro Olowu dress and tan pumps.

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Give an Old Dress New Life by Adding a Belt or Sweater
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Give an Old Dress New Life by Adding a Belt or Sweater

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Sometimes a Well-Dressed Date Is the Ultimate Accessory
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Sometimes a Well-Dressed Date Is the Ultimate Accessory

Wearing a red-and-black gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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Add Personality to a Formal Look by Mismatching Your Shoes
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Add Personality to a Formal Look by Mismatching Your Shoes

In a custom, lemon-hued Isabel Toledo coat and dress with olive-green leather gloves and her favorite green Jimmy Choo shoes.

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A Dress Looks Totally Different When You Throw Something Unexpected on Top
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A Dress Looks Totally Different When You Throw Something Unexpected on Top

Wearing a Junya Watanabe for Comme Des Garçons asymmetrical cardigan, a Jason Wu dress, and green Jimmy Choo shoes.

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White Gowns Aren't Just For a Wedding
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White Gowns Aren't Just For a Wedding

Wearing a white ethereal Jason Wu gown on the night of President Obama's inaugural ball.

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Add Gloves For an Extra Bit of Elegance
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Add Gloves For an Extra Bit of Elegance

Wearing a cream Tom Ford gown at a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

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Putting a Brooch on It Is a Lot More Chic Than You Think
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Putting a Brooch on It Is a Lot More Chic Than You Think

Wearing a purple ombré Peter Som dress and coat.

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If You're Meeting the Queen, Wear Your Very Best
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If You're Meeting the Queen, Wear Your Very Best

Wearing a Ralph Lauren gown for a dinner at the US Embassy in London.

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Invest in an Arsenal of Great Coats
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Invest in an Arsenal of Great Coats

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A Statement Necklace WIll Never Go Out of Style
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A Statement Necklace WIll Never Go Out of Style

Wearing a one-of-a-kind Peter Soronen gown and layered pearl necklace.

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You Can Never Go Wrong With J.Crew
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You Can Never Go Wrong With J.Crew

Wearing a J.Crew skirt and a gold-toned Michael Kors top.

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It's Surprisingly Easy to Dress Up a T-Shirt
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It's Surprisingly Easy to Dress Up a T-Shirt

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If You've Got a Favorite Body Part, Flaunt It
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If You've Got a Favorite Body Part, Flaunt It

In an elegant off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown with strands of Tom Binns pearls.

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You Can Dress Your Age and Still Have Fun With it
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You Can Dress Your Age and Still Have Fun With it

In a Wes Gordon top with Helmut Lang foil jeans.

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Matching Your Mom Is Actually Pretty Cool
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Matching Your Mom Is Actually Pretty Cool

Wearing a Preen dress.

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There's Nothing Wrong With a Little Retro Influence
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There's Nothing Wrong With a Little Retro Influence

Wearing Carolina Herrera.

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Add a Belt For an Extraslimming Effect
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Add a Belt For an Extraslimming Effect

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Florals Aren't Just a Spring Thing
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Florals Aren't Just a Spring Thing