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Michelle Obama’s Style Evolution: From the 2008 Campaign Trail to the 2021 Inauguration

Throughout American history, there’ve been several famous first ladies who became fashion icons. They set the standard for sartorial trends, elegance, and glamour. Naturally, the first name that comes to mind is Jackie Kennedy, who embodied the classic silhouettes of the ‘60s with aplomb. But in the 21st century, there’s been one former First Lady whose eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue really left a mark.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has always matched her confident style with timeless cuts and a contemporary edge. Ever since we first met her on the campaign trail back in the late 2000s, we’ve been loving her fit and flare dresses, A-line gowns, and sleeveless looks. Her style has totally transformed since the late aughts, and while we’re sure she probably wouldn’t take all the credit for bringing back looks like high-waisted, wide-leg pants, her influence was likely instrumental in a few trends coming back into play.

But it goes without saying: we’ve loved seeing Michelle Obama’s style transform over the years. Regardless of what she’s fashioned for a formal or casual occasion, she’s always made it her own. Her looks consistently display a timeless quality coupled with a fierce modern aesthetic. But her best accessory with every one of these looks? The confidence with which she carries herself.

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Take a look through our round-up featuring Michelle Obama’s style evolution from the campaign trail in 2008 all the way to the January 2021 inauguration.

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