Michelle Obama’s best looks, from stunning sweeping ballgowns to cool power suits

Many of Michelle Obama’s best looks are likely etched on your mind because – in her role as first lady of the United States – she was at a moment in time one of the most photographed women in the world. After she first stepped into the spotlight alongside her husband, former US president Barack, we have seen her style confidence dramatically evolve.

Obama, a trained lawyer, showed off her intrinsically chic dress sense from the second her other half took office in 2009, when she frequently stepped out at important political events and on official overseas visits. She famously showed off her toned arms in sleeveless shift dresses and sweeping gowns, caused pearls – her go-to accessory – to enjoy somewhat of a renaissance, and revealed that she still has plenty of affordable items in her wardrobe.