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.
At the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
At the South Carolina primary.
At the Super Tuesday primary vote results rally in Chicago.
At a rally in Springfield, Ill.
At the Democratic National Convention.
At a rally in Springfield, Miss.
On election night in Chicago.
At the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.
At the Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
To honor Stevie Wonder.
In Baden Baden, Germany.
At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner.
On the White House lawn.
Greeting India's Prime Minister at the White House.
At the State of the Union address.
Speaking on childhood obesity in Alexandria, Va.
At a Cinco de Mayo reception in Washington, D.C.
To greet the President of Mexico at the White House.
At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala.
In Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
At the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner.
December 2011 in Cushnie et Ochs
December 2011 in Rodarte
December 2011 in Vera Wang
November 2011 in Vera Wang
November 2011 in Roksanda Ilincic
October 2011 in Doo-Ri Chung
October 2011 in Thakoon
October 2011 in Chris Benz
September 2011 in Michael Kors
September 2011 in Chris Benz
September 2011 in Maria Pinto
September 2011 in Prabal Gurung
July 2011 in Narciso Rodriguez
July 2011 in Sophie Theallet
June 2011 in Diane von Furstenberg
June 2011 in Naeem Khan
May 2011 in Tom Ford
May 2011 in Marc Jacobs
May 2011 in Ralph Lauren
May 2011 in Peter Som
March 2011 in Lanvin
March 2011 in Michael Kors
January 2011 in Rachel Roy
January 2011 in Roksanda Ilincic
January 2011 in Narciso Rodriguez
January 2011 in Alexander McQueen
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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