President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama
President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama after 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)

Before President Obama gave his election acceptance speech, he was escorted onto the stage with the three most important women in his life, his daughters and his wife Michelle. The girls looked fresh and young in blossoming full skirts and cute separates. The first lady kept it similarly simple in a muted dress by American designer Michael Kors paired with a bolero sweater.

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“Kors is pleased to announce that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pintucked dress,” according to a release obtained by Fashion watchers noted that her selection was quite demure compared to the show-stopping Narciso Rodriguez dress Michelle chose in 2008.

The first lady has often been chided for supposed fashion forward excesses. Did her choice send a statement to her critics? Perhaps so.

“The new Michelle is all about restraint,” The Daily Beast noted about this possible evolution. “[The dress] was an understated, economical choice at the culmination of a campaign that, for the first lady, has been about just that.”

While the look was a hit with style aficionados, for Michelle Obama, composing it was an afterthought.

“She said that she was so busy with the campaign and their kids that she had no time to think about an outfit and decided at the last minute,” an Obama aid reported to

Continuing with a flattering theme for her, Michelle’s ensemble recreated that feminine silhouette she has worn with aplomb throughout the campaign. In another consistent touch, the first lady accented her outfit with a brooch, this one by House of Lavande.

Another thing repeated was the dress itself, which Mrs. Obama has worn before twice before, once in 2009 and then again in 2010, for formal White House events.

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Michael Kors is one of the first lady’s most frequently worn designers. She wore his frock for her official White House portrait, and more recently selected a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown from his collection for her appearance at a Congressional Black Caucus gala.

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