Michelle Obama’s Best Dressed Occasions


Since becoming First Lady in 2009, Michelle Obama has brought a fresh and modern, yet down-to-earth approach to presidential attire. Fashion designer Tracy Reese defined her style best, saying, “Her style is feminine yet strong, fashion-forward yet accessible.” Not only has her style garnered Michelle Obama fashion admirers, but she has also modernized and redefined First Lady fashion for coming generations. In honor of the upcoming presidential elections in November, and bidding farewell to the stylish First Lady, we honor Michelle Obama’s best dressed occasions.
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Peter Soronen gown at the Governor's Ball

Peter Soronen gown at the Governor’s Dinner 2009


Starting with some of her first eye-catching looks, one of them was this decadently sequined gown by Peter Soronen worn to the Governor’s Dinner in 2009. She topped the look with a statement style necklace of multicolored pearls.
Michelle's LBD is by Azzedine Alaia

Michelle’s LBD is by Azzedine Alaia


Switching it up to a LBD, Michelle Obama accompanied her husband to a NATO event in Baden-Baden, Germany in 2009. Her ruffled little black dress was designed by Azzedine Alaia.
Michelle Obama in a hand-made gown by Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama in a handmade gown by Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan in 2009.


KOKET Textiles features exotic hand embroidered fabrics from India like Aston Main.

KOKET Textiles features exotic hand embroidered fabrics from India like Aston Main.


This stunning gown was handmade by Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan for a state dinner in 2009 with the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. The dress was embellished with silver sequins on nude-hued chiffon, and Michelle accessorized with large bejeweled earrings and stacks of gold and diamond bangles.
Michelle in 2012 in a blue off-the-shoulder gown by Marchesa.

Michelle in 2012 in a blue off-the-shoulder gown by Marchesa.


In 2012, Michelle Obama stunned in a blue off-the-shoulder gown by Marchesa when she hosted the British Prime Minister and his wife in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Obama at the 36th Kennedy Center Honors Gala in 2013 in lush green Marchesa.

Michelle Obama at the 36th Kennedy Center Honors Gala in 2013 in lush green Marchesa.


Michelle Obama attended the 36th Kennedy Center Honors Gala in 2013 donning another off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown. With light accessories, the lush green dress made a statement.
Another Marchesa at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2014.

Another Marchesa at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2014.


We’re noticing quite the Marchesa pattern with Michelle Obama. She wore another one of the fashion designer’s feminine creations at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2014.
Michelle Obama wowed again at the 37th Kennedy Center Honors Gala in 2014 wearing a blush Monique Lhuillier dress.

Michelle Obama wowed again at the 37th Kennedy Center Honors Gala in 2014 wearing a blush Monique Lhuillier dress.


Michelle Obama wowed again at the 37th Kennedy Center Honors Gala in 2014 wearing a blush Monique Lhuillier dress. The stunning column dress was delicately embroidered in elegant beading and gave the illusion of a tulle skirt.
In a Zac Posen dress at BET’s Black Girls Rock! in 2015

In a Zac Posen dress at BET’s Black Girls Rock! in 2015


In 2015 during BET’s Black Girls Rock! event, Michelle looked elegant and modern in a crisp white Zac Posen dress. She topped of her look with silver metallic Jimmy Choo pumps.
In a blush-colored Naeem Kahn

In a blush-colored Naeem Kahn at the Nordic State Dinner in 2016


Michelle Obama revisited fashion designer Naeem Kahn for the blush-hued gown worn to the Nordic State Dinner in 2016.
The rose-gold, show-stopping custom Atelier Versace gown.

The rose-gold, show-stopping custom Atelier Versace gown.


For her final White House State Dinner, Michelle Obama wore a show-stopping custom Atelier Versace gown composed of rose gold chainmail, probably her most bold outfit yet. Already sparkling and decadent, she accessorized with Le Vian diamonds.
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