The first family after the U.S. President Barack Obama is reelected for a second term at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)
The Obamas take the stage during a rally near the Iowa state captiol building May 20, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty Images)
The Obamas during a campaign rally at Ohio State House November 2, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Getty Images)
The Obamas at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado in 2008. (Getty Images)
During an election night gathering in Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)
Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States in 2008. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, daughter Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Malia Obama walk across Pennsylvania Avenue as they return from a morning service at St. John’s Episcopal Church October 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Getty Images)
The first family walks by the white-handed gibbon exhibit at the Honolulu Zoo on Sunday, January 3, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Getty Images)
The Obamas return to the White House after a tour of the Grand Canyon in 2009. (Getty Images)
President Obama and his family return from a vacation in 2010. (Getty Images)
The First Family walks across LaFayette Park to St. John’s Episcopal Church on September 19, 2010. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama with his wife First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha watches a college basketball game at Howard University November 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
The first family at the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony December 9, 2010 at the Ellipse, south of the White House, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Malia and Sasha August 29, 2010 upon their return to the White House in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
The first family returns to the White House after a family vacation in 2011. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama (2nd,L) and daughters Malia (R) and Sasha pose for a group photo with children dressed as elves prior to attending performances at the annual “Christmas in Washington” gala, December 11, 2011, Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
The first family departs from the White House for a weekend In Maine in 2010. (Getty Images)
The first family returns to the White House from a Hawaiian vacation on January 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha Obama walk across Lafayette Park on their way to services at St. John’s Church, on Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia Obama walk across Lafayette Park to St. John’s Episcopal Church to attend easter services in 2012. (Getty Images)
President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Comprised of rich colors, fun prints, and traditional American cuts, the first family’s style has undergone an evolution demonstrative of their growth as a tight-knit unit.
As first lady Michelle Obama has become more chic, each of her daughters has become more distinct in her own sartorial personality. Plus, while the fashion choices of each Obama matches his or her identity — the president’s simplicity versus Sasha’s youthful penchant for fun — the parts of this clan are always “working it” as they say in fashion as one fabulous whole.
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About their ability to match without looking “matchy-matchy,” Washington Post writers Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger note that, “It’s only when you study the clothing that you realize how together they all look.” Together, yet effortlessly stylish, through subtle elements that carry from look to look in every photo snapped, whether it’s a repeated color, texture, print or tone that creates their unified front.
We have compiled a retrospective peek at the Obama family’s style going back the president’s first campaign, and invite you to observe their style evolution. Whether they are standing before thousands of onlookers, taking holiday photographs, or simply returning from a vacation, the Obamas show that their style power has become a family affair.
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