I'm hardly the first person to blog about Michelle Obama's awesome wardrobe. I'm probably not one of the first million. But I've been thinking about style icons lately, and our U.S. First Lady was the very first lady (heh) to come to mind. So, hopefully, this will be the first in a series of posts featuring women whose style I adore.
So what do I love about Mrs. Obama's style?
1. Incredible vintage style details.
2. No fear of sleevelessness or showing off her amazing arms.
3. Rocks her height.
By U.S. Department of State Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In a gorgeous sheath dress and proud heels with Prime Minister Miyuki Hatoyama, Yukio Hatoyama, and the President.
4. Mixes patterns!
5. Loves a great neckline!
6. Uses color wisely.
7. Knows how to use accessories.
8. She reinvents the classics.
I love that Mrs.Obama mixes high-end and regular-person clothes (like the H&M dress she wore on the Today show last week). I also love that she wears the same items multiple times, in multiple ways. That beautiful beaded cardigan she wore with the gingham skirt in England? She wore it with also wore it an an all-cream ensemble to speak on the history of White House state dinners:
The coral and white floral cardigan she pattern mixed in the photo with Nancy Reagan? She also wore it at a gardening event she held at the White House:
Most of all, though, I love that she dresses in a way that makes it clear that she's happy with and proud of her not-stick-thin body. She picks mostly classic styles and shapes, she doesn't shy from color or from black, and she wears everything with extraordinary confidence. She's definitely a style icon.