Whether she’s rubbing elbows with dignitaries, mucking about the garden, yucking it up with late night hosts, or rocking a hula hoop, Michelle Obama always does it in style. Check out her hottest looks from 2012 — worn while on and off the campaign trail. (Photos: Getty Images)
Is the president shocked at how striking this dress is? The first lady must have made a big expression when she wore this Barbara Tfank number (for a second time publicly) to host the first ever Kids’ “State Dinner” luncheon at the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The first Lady wore a Bibhu Mohapatra design for her “Tonight Show” appearance with Golden Gabby Douglas. Certainly a memorable dress for a memorable meeting. (AP Photo/NBC, Margaret Norton)
“So nice, she’s worn it twice” should be the tagline for this Chris Benz Floral linen dress. It was first worn by on Obama “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” and again recently when she spoke to a crowd during a campaign stop at the Barbara Goleman High School in Miami Lakes, Florida. In these tough economic times, it’s nice to have first lady who is proud to sport the same outfit more than once; plus we love her in this feminine dress. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The first lady wore this smart and sassy Porsha dress in Cable Squares Lime and Cable Squares Mink from the Diane Von Furstenberg Resort 2013 collection the day before her big convention speech. The color blocked heels are paired with this ensemble to perfection! (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama wore this stunning design by African-American designer Laura Smalls on the night President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination at this year’s convention. A dramatic dress fit for an historic occasion! (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
With her quick wit and killer smile, Obama holds her own with Late Night host David Letterman in a color block top and skirt from Preen’s pre-fall collection. (Official White House Photo)
Michelle wears another Thom Browne dress here at the Democratic National Convention — this one a custom design that is both structured and sweet. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mrs. Obama wore this perfectly flirty — yet prim and wifely — ASOS Midi Dress in Check Print for a stop on the campaign’s bus tour through Iowa. Midwestern chic! (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
First Mom Michelle Obama knows how to have fun, whether she’s planting a garden on the White House grounds or jumping around on stage with a group of kids. Children clearly energize Mrs. Obama — whether her own daughters, Sasha and Malia, or the many kids who drop by the White House for events, many from local schools and military families. (Mrs. Obama participates in a Mother’s Day event for military families at the White House in September, 2012. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
All-American perfection in red Michael Kors and pearls, Michelle Obama looks vibrant during a campaign event with troops and veterans at Fort Stewart, Georgia in April. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama wore a showstopping Tracy Reese custom dress to deliver her keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention on Day 1. This design became so popular, Reese had to rush it into mass production based on the high demand. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
In (very cool) mom-mode, Michelle Obama attends the Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards with daughters Sasha and Malia. She rocked metallic skinny jeans by Helmut Lang and a sequined v-neck top by Wes Gordon, making mothers across the country proud. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Why not wear a Michael Kors one-shoulder pleated georgette sensation to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israeli President Shimon Peres? Mrs. O looked splendid at this recent White House event, and the vintage Dior belt from New York Vintage was a good move. (Photo: www.destinationkors.com)
African American designer Tracy Reese is one of the first lady’s favorites, and it’s no surprise. The designer’s lady-like looks are perfectly suited to FLOTUS. She donned this black and white chevron print dress for a recent fundraising dinner, and she also wore it for a luncheon with the first lady of Britain, Samantha Cameron. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff-Pool/Getty Images)
Mrs. Obama looks lovely in an elegant form-fitting gray Rachel Roy shift for a February meeting with the National Governors Association at the White House. Clearly, first lady Michelle Obama is the epitome of effortless style. What do you think? Out of all these looks, which is your favorite? (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Whether she’s rubbing elbows with dignitaries, mucking about the garden, yucking it up with late night hosts, or rocking a hula hoop, Michelle Obama always does it in style. With her dazzling smile, picture-perfect hair, and toned physique (those arms!) she is truly our American beauty, and her fashion choices reflect some of the best designers, both new and established, that the industry has to offer. And, just like the rest of us mere mortals, she is not afraid to repeat a look. Most importantly, Obama knows what suits her body, which is one of the most important fashion tips of all time.
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Following her stunning appearance in a Tracy Reese dress at the Democratic National Convention, we thought this would be the perfect time to revisit some of Michelle Obama’s hottest looks from the 2012 campaign trail, and beyond. Here are theGrio’s favorite frocks and separates from the first lady of fabulous, Michelle Obama, style icon.
Suzanne Rust is a writer, lifestyle expert, on-air talent, and a native New Yorker. Follow her on Twitter at @SuzanneRust.