3 Style Lessons from Michelle Obama
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When it comes to fashion icons political figures normally don't show up anywhere near the list; but when Michelle Obama entered the White House in 2009 that all changed. From her first day as first lady, Michelle showed us how to steal the style spotlight not just by wearing high end gowns and designer threads, but by wearing clothes that you and I can not only pull off but afford.
One trademark of Michelle is her love for colorful prints. As I proved above with stripes, floral & polka dots, there’s no better way to kick down spring’s doors than wearing prints on top of prints on top of prints.
When I think about my love for prints there are few style icons that do it better than the one and only FLOTUS. Not only is her style timeless but in the 7 years she’s been in office she’s been subtly teaching a class in fashion right before our eyes. What’s so great about her classic fashion choices is that any woman, any age can learn from her casual pairings and elegant gowns.
If you haven’t picked up on her style lessons yet, in homage of her last months as First Lady, I’ve broken them all down for you below:
1. Show off your best assets- it’s not by chance that Michelle always wears clothes that show off her toned arms. Whether it’s a sleeveless shirt or dress, she has totally mastered the style concept of wearing clothes that highlight your best features. Sticking to this means shopping, wearing and even tailoring your clothes to highlight the best parts of your body while hiding the parts that aren’t your favorite. I did a blog and YouTube video on this topic that goes into more detail about how to implement this. Read the Blog here & Watch the Video here
2. There’s no shame in off the rack- As the first lady, you might think Michelle Obama is always in designer wears and expensive items but there have been many occasions when shes worn banana republic, J crew and even Gap. With important positions, more money and success there’s a misconception that expensive clothes are required, but this is proof that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have great style. If the first lady can look stunning in a $40 dress so can you.
3. Embrace prints & color- There’s something about adding color and prints to your wardrobe that take it from boring to amazing. Michelle has perfected the balance of adding every color and print imaginable while still being sophisticated enough to dine, dance and speak at the fanciest events. Color and prints not only liven up your wardrobe but they take you out of the neutral safe zone we often find ourselves stuck in when it comes to fashion. Watch more in this YouTube Video about adding prints and color to your wardrobe.
Not since Jackie O has such a stylish first lady been in the White House. These three lessons in fashion can be applied no matter your age, size, lifestyle or budget. As she winds down her time as FLOTUS, continue to watch her style and remember that some of the greatest fashionistas aren't just in magazines and runways; but are often real women living real lives, giving you style inspiration everyday.
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