I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 23, 2017 IN: Style Icons Talking Fashion

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

In celebration of my 4th blogiversary, I salute former first lady Michelle Obama.  Today, I serenade Mrs. O because she represented style and substance.

I know I’m not the only one who couldn’t keep their eyes off of Michelle when she exploded on the scene back in 2007.  It was when Barack Obama, then just a junior Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Wearing: Vintage Teri Jon  Cocktail Thai Silk Evening Blouse similar here, Vintage Morrisey SIide-Pleated Cropped CulottesGauchos similar here, Nine West “Levona” Peep-Toe Bootie similar here, my Tiffany bracelet with a collection of Tiffany charms, Vintage black and white pearl necklace similar here.

Let’s Look Back at Michelle Obama’s Style:
I recall that historic day in 2008 when Michelle strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue amidst the pomp and circumstance with her husband, the newly elected President of the United States.  Who could forget the fabulous Isabel Toledo lemongrass lace ensemble?

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Former President Obama and former first lady, 2008 Inauguration Day, Michelle wearing Isabel Toledo ensemble and J. Crew green leather gloves.

And those coordinating J. Crew green gloves and Jimmy Choo heels! The power of the First Lady’s endorsement of wearing J. Crew drove many of us, myself included to shop at J. Crew. I remember JCrew.com crashed when we all learned that’s where we could buy the grass green leather gloves she was wearing. I became a die-hard J. Crew aficionado.

A study found that her early patronage to J. Crew and Target was worth an average of $14 million to each company.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. My copy of Mrs. O by Mary Tomer also the founder and contributor behind the Mrs.-O.org blog.

Early on to keep up with FLOTUS, I followed the first blog dedicated to Michelle’s personal style, Mrs-O.org.  Michelle wasn’t  just another first lady but a Princeton graduate with a law degree from Harvard who hailed from a working-class family in Chicago, Illinois.

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy chose fashion Oleg Cassini as her go-to stylist, Nancy Reagan, John Galanos, Laura Bush, Oscar del la Renta but Michelle brought exposure to many different fashion designers.

5 Designers Michelle Obama put on the global spotlight among the many others not mentioned here:
1. Jason Wu, a Taiwanese-born designer 
2.  Tracy Reese, an African American Fashion designer 
3.  Thakoon Panichgul, aThai-American designer 
4.  Sophie Theallet, a New York-based French designer
5.  Brandon Maxwell, an American designer from East Texas

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama wearing Jason Wu at 2009 (left) and 2013 inaugural balls.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle at 2012 Democratic National Convention wearing Tracy Reese.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. May 2015, Michelle Obama at the opening of the new Whitney Museum, New York City wearing Thakoon.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama during April 24, 2014, “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” wearing Sophie Theallet cardigan, and leather and chiffon skirt.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama on the October 2016 InSyle magazine wearing Brandon Maxwell.

Let’s take a look back at the dresses she wore to State Dinners at the White House:

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Pinterest collage is featured Michelle Obama over eight years at The White House State Dinners.

And all the times she wasn’t afraid to wear prints:

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Pinterest collage of Michelle sporting prints.

Or pantsuits:

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Pinterest photos are sharing Michelle Obama wearing pantsuits.

Michelle’s love of belts:

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Pinterest montage is showing Michelle’s love of belts.

And the sheath dress:

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. The Sheath dress looks of Michelle Obama. Pinterest photo.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. My Vogue VIP December 2016 issue with Michelle Obama on the cover.

Michelle first appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine in March 2009 with a photo spread in the and again in the December 2016 issue.  Every First Lady since Lou Hoover (except Bess Truman) has been in Vogue, but prior to Michelle, only Hillary Clinton had previously appeared on the cover.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. The first official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. One of the first stunning photos of Michelle Obama.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama is wearing custom-made $12,000 gown her last State Dinner. Note:  Michelle giving Barak the side-eye when he heard how much the dress cost.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle is sitting on White House stairs with Bo and Sunny for one last walk.  Michelle is wearing a Milly blouse.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. January 20, 2017, Michelle and Barack Obama waiting to welcome President-elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump.

And more importantly, Michelle had style and substance.

Below are some of her core messages and platforms she championed as First Lady:

She supported the troops, creating awareness for our veterans, military families, their wives, and children.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady was visiting our troops in Qatar in 2005.

The Obamas planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House on March 20, 2009, to encourage Americans to increase in healthy food choices.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama is setting a powerful example tp promote a national conversation about the joys of gardening and importance of fresh food.

Michelle inspired Americans to move to raise a healthier generation of children.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. 2010 photo of Michelle Obama is encouraging youth to exercise to curve the staggering statistic of child obesity.

Michelle launched Let Girls Learn in March 2015 to help teens attain a quality education and enable them to reach full potential.

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Let Girls Learn initiative.

I admire how Michelle changed the paradigm of what is socially acceptable with her bare legs and her toned bare arms.  And she not afraid to share her life, she mastered all social media platforms, truly a renaissance woman.  Did you see her on The Late Late Show when she did carpool karaoke with James Corden?

I Salute Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama mastered social media, here is a photo from The Verge of her surrounded by cell phones.

Michelle isn’t just a trendsetter but a wife and as a mother, an excellent example of keeping her daughters out of the spotlight. She will definitely leave a lasting legacy that we will remember forever.

I Salute the Former First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obama Family.

Thank you, Michelle. God bless you, Barack, Malia, Sasha, Grandma Robinson as well as Bo and Sunny. 

Have a fabulous and stylish week.

  • Glenda Harrison

    She was a jewel to our nation. I look forward to her next chapter.

    • Glenda,
      Hi! It’s so sweet to hear from you. I agree Michelle is a jewel and I look forward to her next chapter as well.

  • Thank you for this. I know whatever she does will be fabulous but I still sorely miss her and President Obama leading us.