The Many Iconic Looks of Michelle Obama

The Many Iconic Looks of Michelle Obama

This week, FLOTUS delivered a speech that brought much needed unity to the Democratic Party—and she looked damn good doing it, too. Here, we take a moment to appreciate Michelle's sartorial sensibility

This week, FLOTUS delivered a speech that brought much needed unity to the Democratic Party—and she looked damn good doing it, too. Here, we take a moment to appreciate Michelle's sartorial sensibility

Text: Gabriella Salkin

Text: William Defebaugh

It's not easy being a woman in politics. Aside from the overall patriarchy that is ingrained in this country's governmental system, women face a very basic issue that men working in politics simply don't have to deal with: what to wear (a subject that fashion writer Robin Givhan has delved into many times during her years as a contributor at The Washington Post).

Men in any formal setting have the suit, which has little variation, and always makes a statement of power. Unfortunately, the opposite sex is not afforded the same luxury; as we've seen with presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, if a woman wears a suit, she is often criticized as being too masculine, but if she wears a dress, then she must worry about length, cut, color, bust, and a whole slew of other questions, each of which will be endlessly critiqued by journalists who would not give a damn were it a man.

If there is one woman in Washington who has made the above dilemma seem effortless, it's FLOTUS Michelle Obama, whose sophisticated yet forward thinking style—which often champions young American designers—has been the subject of many an essay, and with good reason. Much like her speech at the Democratic Convention on Monday evening, her outfit held power as well: a cobalt silk dress with cap sleeves designed by Christian Siriano.

Here, as FLOTUS prepares her exit of the Oval Office in November, we take a look back at a few of her most iconic ensembles from her last decade in the public sphere.

Wearing a Thom Browne dress and J. Crew belt at the swearing in ceremony, January 2013.
Credits: Images courtesy of AP and Getty.

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