Not since Jackie Kennedy Onassis has a first lady enthralled us with her enviable style. Just like Mrs. Kennedy, Michelle Obama has a way of incorporating classic, ladylike looks with a sense of modernity. And just like Jackie, we're betting she's going to hit icon status in the fashion history books. Beautiful, intelligent and willing to take a chance with color, we decided to honor the First Lady of style with pieces you'll no doubt want to incorporate into your wardrobe. What kind of pieces exactly? Well, darlings, let's start with the silhouette. Michelle pays close attention to waist emphasis and we think she's on to something. And whether it's a fit-and-flare dress or a shift, she loves to add a belt to the mix too.
Tea time, anyone? This dress is probably more versatile than you think. Wear it with flats for day, heels for work, tights in chilly weather and a cardigan or jacket to break up the design, if you so desire.
$94 at Piperlime.
The V-neck is oh so feminine, the pockets oh so practical. The color and fabric beg to be worn at your next cocktail party.
$595 at Neiman Marcus.
The simple color-blocking on this dress is fun, flirty and hip. What more could you want from such a classic shape?
$119 at Bebe.
Some girls aren't thrilled about defining their waist due to a short torso. That's why we love the vertical lines in this frock. Their lengthening effect will allow you to adopt this look in a way that flatters.
$128 at Vince Camuto.
Lacy Does It
Not into high construction when it comes to your dresses? Okay, try belting a pretty shift like this one to add a waist focal point.
$325 at Rent the Runway.
It's an Obi Cinch
If you've got a medium or long torso, a thick obi belt is very chic. This one will allow you to have a bow at the front or the back, whatever you're feeling. Leather will let you add a tough aspect lace and satin.
$34.90 at The Limited.
An embellished belt is a must-have for every LBD in your closet. Plus, Michelle Obama, has been known to wear one on occasion.
$295 at Tory Burch.
Touch of Metal
Metal adds shine and just a touch, like this, means you can wear it to cocktail hour and the office, depending on your mood.
$29 at Intermix.
Having an ultra feminine moment but not sure what to wear? You're right to think that it's possible to go overboard, which is why an accessory like this becomes useful. Put it over your favorite cardigan-dress combo for the perfect pretty touch.
$24.90 at Express.
Another favorite of our homegrown fashion icon? Color! Whether it's incorporated into a print, worn in a solid bright hue or added as a seemingly nonchalant afterthought, she has us rethinking our addiction to neutrals. If there's no other style rule you adopt from her, let it be to add a little unexpected panache to your look with a colorful belt.
$38 at Ralph Lauren.