First Lady Michelle Obama turns 49 today!

Like a fine wine, our beloved FLOTUS' style seems only to improve with age. As her husband's political career emerged in the mid-aughts, so did Michelle, who soon began to steal the sartorial spotlight with her bevy of sharp J.Crew pencil skirts and full-on glamour gowns.

Mrs. Obama favors designs both trendy and timeless. Hallmarks of her signature style include pattern and color, and Michelle manages to look ladylike and strong simultaneously. "She's classy without being overstated," says HuffPost's own Josh Zepps.

The first lady has forged friendships with current, forward-thinking designers like Jason Wu, Thakoon, and Tracy Reese. She endorses fast fashion. She outfit repeats. She's just like us! (Okay, just go with it.)

So, Michelle, HuffPost Style wishes you the happiest of birthdays. Thank you for being a fashion inspiration! We embrace you with strong arms.

Click through our slideshow below to see 49 of Mrs. O's finest fashions. (It was a challenge to narrow them down!) And for even more FLOTUS love, be sure to watch our own Ellie Krupnick speak more on Michelle's style on HuffPost Live after the slides.

PHOTOS:

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  • March 2005

    At the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

  • January 2008

    At the South Carolina primary.

  • February 2008

    At the Super Tuesday primary vote results rally in Chicago.

  • August 2008

    At a rally in Springfield, Ill.

  • August 2008

    At the Democratic National Convention.

  • November 2008

    At a rally in Springfield, Miss.

  • November 2008

    On election night in Chicago.

  • January 2009

    At the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

  • January 2009

    At the Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.

  • February 2009

    To honor Stevie Wonder.

  • April 2009

    In Baden Baden, Germany.

  • September 2009

    At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner.

  • October 2009

    On the White House lawn.

  • November 2009

    Greeting India's Prime Minister at the White House.

  • January 2010

    At the State of the Union address.

  • January 2010

    Speaking on childhood obesity in Alexandria, Va.

  • May 2010

    At a Cinco de Mayo reception in Washington, D.C.

  • May 2010

    To greet the President of Mexico at the White House.

  • September 2010

    At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala.

  • September 2010

    In Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

  • September 2010

    At the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner.

  • December 2011 in Cushnie et Ochs

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  • December 2011 in Rodarte

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  • December 2011 in Vera Wang

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  • November 2011 in Vera Wang

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  • November 2011

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  • November 2011 in Roksanda Ilincic

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  • October 2011 in Doo-Ri Chung

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  • October 2011 in Thakoon

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  • October 2011 in Chris Benz

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  • September 2011 in Michael Kors

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  • September 2011 in Chris Benz

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  • September 2011 in Maria Pinto

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  • September 2011 in Prabal Gurung

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  • July 2011 in Narciso Rodriguez

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  • July 2011 in Sophie Theallet

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  • June 2011

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  • June 2011 in Diane von Furstenberg

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  • June 2011 in Naeem Khan

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  • May 2011 in Tom Ford

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  • May 2011 in Marc Jacobs

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  • May 2011 in Ralph Lauren

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  • May 2011 in Peter Som

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  • March 2011 in Lanvin

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  • March 2011 in Michael Kors

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  • January 2011 in Rachel Roy

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  • January 2011 in Roksanda Ilincic

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  • January 2011 in Narciso Rodriguez

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  • January 2011 in Alexander McQueen

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  • Michelle Obama's 5 Best Fashion Moments

    Fashionable First Lady Michelle Obama turns 48. In honor of her birthday, we've rounded up five of our favorite Michelle Obama fashion moments. From that stunning Jason Wu gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball to her mix and matched sweater sets, we can't get enough of Michelle's polished, ladylike style. Take a look at our five favorite outfits.

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