50 of Michelle Obama's Best Style Moments, Because Oh! That Wardrobe

Today is Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, and in celebration of a half century of being awesome, we thought we'd reflect on the First Lady's best looks. The FLOTUS is know for her brilliant sense of style for a reason, rocking everything from floral Tracy Reese sheaths to colorful, cascading Marchesa gowns. Even her off-duty style is enviable: just check out her preppy, pop-of-color sundresses and classic cardigans. Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama, and thank you for keeping America stylish.

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In Emerald Marchesa

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The FLOTUS looked stunning in a draped emerald gown at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.

In White J. Mendel

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The First Lady sparkled in a beaded jacket and pleated skirt by J. Mendel during the holiday season.

In Orange Checkered Sweater and Pants

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Ms. Obama looked festive in orange and grey at the White House Halloween celebration in October 2013.

In Floral Carolina Herrera

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Carolina Herrera’s classic floral dress looked perfect on the First Lady at the Studio Museum in Harlem, September 2013.

In Plaid Ball Gown

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She pulled off a beautiful plaid gown at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner in September 2013.

In Floral Tracy Reese

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In August 2013, Obama looked vibrant while observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In Floral Prabal Gurung

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A pastel floral Prabal Gurung dress made the perfect statement in May 2013 for a London-based gathering for members of the military and their families.

In Yellow Talbot's

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The FLOTUS was radiant in a yellow Talbot’s dress in Florida at a Disabled American Veterans convention.

In Band of Outsiders

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Proving that politics is only one strength of hers, the First Lady rocked a Boy. By Band of Outsiders floral shirtdress.

In Carolina Herrera

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A black and white patterned Carolina Herrera struck an elegant note at the Charlottenburg palace in Berlin, June 2013.

in Roksanda Illincic

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The First Lady loves a purple dress, and this Roksanda Illincic is a beautiful interpretation of the style.

In Red Thakoon

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Known for showing support for up and coming designers, Obama wore a patterned Thakoon at the 2009 Democratic National Convention.

In Purple Maria Pinto

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The First Lady wore another classic purple sheath in June 2008.

In Red Jason Wu

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The FLOTUS was luminous in crimson Jason Wu at the 2013 Inaugural Ball.

In Michael Kors

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Ms. Obama looked timeless in brocade Michael Kors on election night, November 2012 in Chicago.

In White Jason Wu

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Jason Wu designed the First Lady’s exquisite white beaded gown for the 2009 Inaugural Ball.

In Patterned Thom Browne

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A silver and black Thom Browne coat looked modern and fashion-forward in January 2013.

In Gold Naeem Khan

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Ms. Obama’s gold Naeem Khan dress lit up a 2013 State Dinner.

In Printed Wrap Dress

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A printed wrap dress looked both vintage and modern in March 2013 at the International Women of Courage Awards.

In Green Sheath Dress

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A modest green pleated dress accented with a bejeweled brooch harkened back to Jackie O’s timeless style.

In Silver Thom Browne

A contemporary silver Thom Browne dress stole the show at the Inaugural Luncheon in January 2013.

In Gold Michael Kors

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Gold lame and a bejeweled neckline added luster to a Michael Kors gown in December 2012 at the Kennedy Center Honors.

In Champagne Silk Dress

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The First Lady looked understated and elegant in pale silk at the 2012 Christmas in Washington Concert.

In Blue Zero+Maria Cornejo

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A traditional blue printed wrap dress looked smart and fashionable on the First Lady.

In Gold Michael Kors

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A gold Michael Kors suit struck a business-like note with a bit of added fun in the shimmering shade.

In Lace Thom Browne

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Black lace overlay took a grey Thom Brown dress from bland to beautiful at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

In Fuchsia Michael Kors

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The First Lady demonstrated her understanding of the power of a pop of color in pink Michael Kors for the presidential debate, October 2012.

In Laura Smalls

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A subtly patterned Laura Smalls dress looked quietly elegant at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

In Pink Tracy Reese

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A printed silk sheath dress was both winsome and understated at the 2012 Democratic Convention.

In Green Barbara Tfank

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A vintage-inspired green Barbara Tfank dress was fun and whimsical for the kids’ State Dinner in August 2012.

In Geometric Diane von Fursteberg

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The First Lady rocked a classic DVF wrap dress in North Carolina in September 2013.

In Red Checkered ASOS

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Ms. Obama’s classic red-and-white checkered dress was just the right amount of quirky in August 2012.

In Green Empire Waist Dress

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A fresh empire-waisted green dress was the perfect preppy dress for a Spring outing.

In Floral Prabal Gurung

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A white Prabal Gurung sheath adorned with grey roses struck a graceful note in June 2012.

In Floral Naeem Khan

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A swirling Naeem Khan dress was multicolored perfection at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

in L'wren Scott Sweater

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A vibrant red dress and embroidered L’Wren Scott sweater formed an eye-catching ensemble at Fort Stewart in April 2012.

In Teal Marchesa

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An off-the-shoulder teal Marchesa gown looked utterly regal on the First Lady at the 2012 White House State Dinner.

In Red J. Mendel

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The FLOTUS wore a showstopping red one-shoulder J. Mendel gown in 2012 while presenting an award to Maya Angelou at the BET Honors.

In Emerald Cushnie et Ochs

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An emerald Cushnie et Ochs creation looked appropriately festive for the holiday season at a Christmas in Washington taping.

In Blue Vera Wang

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A vibrant blue strapless gown looked divine on the First Lady at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.

In Printed Chris Benz

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The First Lady wowed in strapless Chris Benz at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Awards Gala in September 2011.

In Purple Doo.Ri Chung

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A grecian purple column elevated the First Lady to modern royalty status at the 2011 South Korea State Dinner.

In Beaded Naeem Khan

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The First Lady’s white beaded Naeem Khan turned heads in June 2011.

In Black Ralph Lauren

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A simple, well-draped Ralph Lauren made a beautiful statement in 2011 at a dinner for the Queen.

In Violet Halston

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A sleek brown/purple Halston looked sophisticated for the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

In White Tom Ford

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The First Lady commanded attention in white Tom Ford at the 2011 Buckingham Palace State Banquet.

In Ombre Peter Som

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An ombre purple Peter Som ensemble was classic with a twist in England, May 2011.

In Pastel Thakoon

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The First Lady looked lovely and insouciant in patterned Thakoon at the 2009 Pittsburgh Summit.

In Red Naeem Khan

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The First Lady stunned in a glittering Naeem Khan dress at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony.

In Red Alexander McQueen

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Though controversial, Obama’s vibrant, draped Alexander McQueen was a unforgettable at a 2011 State Dinner.