How to Dress up Like Michelle Obama

Get some style inspiration from the classiest First Lady yet.

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She may be on her way out of the White House, but she’ll never depart from the public’s sartorial eye (or our hearts).

To celebrate Michelle Obama‘s eight years of fashionable attire in the White House (alongside eight years of tireless crusading against childhood obesity and unequal educational opportunities through her FLOTUS campaigns), we wanted to dedicate this celebrity-inspired post to her.

[Note: Because the outfits are largely based off of warm weather outfits, you will need to add a coat or other piece of outerwear to your look for winter wear. Also, if you’re looking for more Obama fashion inspiration, check out our article on Cute College Outfits Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Style.]

Style Inspiration #1: Feminine & Floral

Style tip:

To update the classy-meets-preppy style that Michelle Obama favors, trade in her favorite brand of turquoise pearls and embroidered flowers for hip twisted beads and floral prints. It’ll be more youthful than the original look, but just as snazzy.


Products: Bag – Vera Bradley | Camisole – Nordstrom | Sweater – H&M | Skirt – Modcloth | Necklace and Earring Set – Charming Charlie | Ring – Amazon | Shoe – DSW

What to wear:

  • Bright floral patterns
  • Light layers
  • A flowy midi skirt
  • Chunky, matchy-matchy jewelry

Style Inspiration #2: Pretty in Pink

Style tip:

Instead of sticking to one color palette for your outfit, mix things up by introducing an accent bag (or any other accessory) in a different shade. It’s refined with a lovely twist!


Products: Dress – Gap | Shoe – Zappos | Scarf – Nordstrom | Nail Polish – Essie | Pantyhose – Nordstrom | Satchel – Charming Charlie

What to wear:

  • A cinch waist shirt dress
  • Simple, elegant accessories
  • Nude kitten heels
  • Light-colored nail polish

Style Inspiration #3: Casually Festive

Style tip:

For a chill look you can pull off anywhere, adhere to the 3-color maximum rule. Not only will you look good, but you will feel good with so much top-bottom-shoe coordination.


Products: Pant – Kohls | Cardigan – Old Navy | Earring – Charming Charlie | Top – H&M | Bag – Zara | Bootie – Zara

What to wear:

  • A cardigan sweater
  • Bohemian-inspired earrings
  • Dark top and pants
  • A red accent piece


Are you a fan of Michelle Obama’s style? Would you wear any of the outfits above? Do you have any ideas for future College Fashion posts?

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