Michelle Obama's best fashion moments: How to dress like a former First Lady

Yahoo Style UK

When you’re the First Lady of the United States, White House protocol requires that you dress diplomatically for public engagements.

This may entail showcasing a homegrown label while on tour (as demonstrated by the Duchess of Sussex) or choosing a colour scheme to fly the flag for international guests.

So how did Michelle Obama celebrate freeing herself from sartorial tyranny after leaving office? She wore a £3,082 pair of Balenciaga disco boots of course.

Overnight, the former First Lady went viral courtesy of her final fashion-forward book tour outfit with social media users across the globe praising her glitzy footwear.

“Now, I’m free to do whatever,” Obama defiantly told Sarah Jessica Parker at the Barclay Centre in New York.

But it’s not the first time the 54-year-old has demonstrated her stylish know-how, as the mother-of-two has long reigned as one of our go-to style muses.

Over the course of her nine-year White House residency, Obama and longterm stylist Meredith Koop helped to thrust under-the-radar talent into the spotlight. Most famously, the former First Lady chose Jason Wu for her inaugural gown – a simple move which catapulted him to global acclaim.

But for Obama, clothes are not merely plucked from her wardrobe, as she told Parker during their meeting: “There are a lot of people out here trying to make it [in the fashion industry]; young people, women, black folks and immigrants.”

“I didn’t want to wear the clothes of someone who didn’t have a good spirit and you could hear these things, you could hear how they treated my staff or how they treated their workers so everyone I wore as far as I knew had a good spirit as well.”

From dressing for the presidential campaign back in 2009 to her most covetable tourdrobe moments, these are Michelle Obama’s best looks to date.


 

Wearing Schiaparelli. <em>[Photo: AP]</em>
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Michelle Obama attend The 2019 American Portrait Gala at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Nov 17 2019, in Washington.
Wearing Schiaparelli. [Photo: AP]
Wearing Sergio Hudson. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama attends 'Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama' on 11 May 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wearing Sergio Hudson. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Stella McCartney. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama on stage as part of her 'Becoming' tour at The O2 Arena, London, on 14 April 2019.
Wearing Stella McCartney. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing popular Danish label Stine Goya. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama in Copenhagen during her ‘Becoming’ book tour on April 9, 2019
Wearing popular Danish label Stine Goya. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Sachin & Babi. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards on February 10, 2019
Wearing Sachin & Babi. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Balenciaga. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama on the final leg of her book tour on December 20, 2018
Wearing Balenciaga. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Balmain. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama on the Jimmy Fallon show on December 18, 2018
Wearing Balmain. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Emilia Wickstead. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at the Southbank Centre on December 3, 2018
Wearing Emilia Wickstead. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Versace. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at her final State Dinner as First Lady on October 19, 2016
Wearing Versace. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Naeem Khan. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at the Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington on September 17, 2016
Wearing Naeem Khan. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Brandon Maxwell. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at a White House state dinner on August 2, 2016
Wearing Brandon Maxwell. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Jason Wu. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 10, 2016
Wearing Jason Wu. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Vera Wang. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at a State Dinner for the Chinese President on September 25, 2015
Wearing Vera Wang. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Carolina Herrera. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at a State Dinner on February 11, 2014
Wearing Carolina Herrera. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Tracy Reese. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012
Wearing Tracy Reese. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Doo.Ri. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at a state dinner on October 13, 2011
Wearing Doo.Ri. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Chris Bens. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards Gala on September 14, 2011
Wearing Chris Bens. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Alexander McQueen. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011
Wearing Alexander McQueen. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Naeem Khan. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at a state dinner for Germany on July 7, 2011
Wearing Naeem Khan. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Tom Ford. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011
Wearing Tom Ford. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Peter Soronen. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama welcomes Mexican President Felipe Calderon on May 19, 2010
Wearing Peter Soronen. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Azzedine Alaia. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at the Nobel Banquet in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009
Wearing Azzedine Alaia. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Naeem Khan. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama welcomes Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24, 2009
Wearing Naeem Khan. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Peter Soronen.<em> [Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at a black-tie dinner on February 22, 2009
Wearing Peter Soronen. [Photo: Getty]
Wearing Jason Wu. <em>[Photo: Getty]</em>
Michelle Obama at the Youth Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009
Wearing Jason Wu. [Photo: Getty]

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