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
The FLOTUS looked stunning in a draped emerald gown at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.
In White J. Mendel
The First Lady sparkled in a beaded jacket and pleated skirt by J. Mendel during the holiday season.
In Orange Checkered Sweater and Pants
Ms. Obama looked festive in orange and grey at the White House Halloween celebration in October 2013.
In Floral Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera’s classic floral dress looked perfect on the First Lady at the Studio Museum in Harlem, September 2013.
In Plaid Ball Gown
She pulled off a beautiful plaid gown at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner in September 2013.
In Floral Tracy Reese
In August 2013, Obama looked vibrant while observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
In Floral Prabal Gurung
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
The FLOTUS was radiant in a yellow Talbot’s dress in Florida at a Disabled American Veterans convention.
In Band of Outsiders
Proving that politics is only one strength of hers, the First Lady rocked a Boy. By Band of Outsiders floral shirtdress.
In Carolina Herrera
A black and white patterned Carolina Herrera struck an elegant note at the Charlottenburg palace in Berlin, June 2013.
in Roksanda Illincic
The First Lady loves a purple dress, and this Roksanda Illincic is a beautiful interpretation of the style.
In Red Thakoon
Known for showing support for up and coming designers, Obama wore a patterned Thakoon at the 2009 Democratic National Convention.
In Purple Maria Pinto
The First Lady wore another classic purple sheath in June 2008.
In Red Jason Wu
The FLOTUS was luminous in crimson Jason Wu at the 2013 Inaugural Ball.
In Michael Kors
Ms. Obama looked timeless in brocade Michael Kors on election night, November 2012 in Chicago.
In White Jason Wu
Jason Wu designed the First Lady’s exquisite white beaded gown for the 2009 Inaugural Ball.
In Patterned Thom Browne
A silver and black Thom Browne coat looked modern and fashion-forward in January 2013.
In Gold Naeem Khan
Ms. Obama’s gold Naeem Khan dress lit up a 2013 State Dinner.
In Printed Wrap Dress
A printed wrap dress looked both vintage and modern in March 2013 at the International Women of Courage Awards.
In Green Sheath Dress
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
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
The First Lady looked understated and elegant in pale silk at the 2012 Christmas in Washington Concert.
In Blue Zero+Maria Cornejo
A traditional blue printed wrap dress looked smart and fashionable on the First Lady.
In Gold Michael Kors
A gold Michael Kors suit struck a business-like note with a bit of added fun in the shimmering shade.
In Lace Thom Browne
Black lace overlay took a grey Thom Brown dress from bland to beautiful at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In Fuchsia Michael Kors
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
A subtly patterned Laura Smalls dress looked quietly elegant at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In Pink Tracy Reese
A printed silk sheath dress was both winsome and understated at the 2012 Democratic Convention.
In Green Barbara Tfank
A vintage-inspired green Barbara Tfank dress was fun and whimsical for the kids’ State Dinner in August 2012.
In Geometric Diane von Fursteberg
The First Lady rocked a classic DVF wrap dress in North Carolina in September 2013.
In Red Checkered ASOS
Ms. Obama’s classic red-and-white checkered dress was just the right amount of quirky in August 2012.
In Green Empire Waist Dress
A fresh empire-waisted green dress was the perfect preppy dress for a Spring outing.
In Floral Prabal Gurung
A white Prabal Gurung sheath adorned with grey roses struck a graceful note in June 2012.
In Floral Naeem Khan
A swirling Naeem Khan dress was multicolored perfection at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
in L'wren Scott Sweater
A vibrant red dress and embroidered L’Wren Scott sweater formed an eye-catching ensemble at Fort Stewart in April 2012.
In Teal Marchesa
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
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
An emerald Cushnie et Ochs creation looked appropriately festive for the holiday season at a Christmas in Washington taping.
In Blue Vera Wang
A vibrant blue strapless gown looked divine on the First Lady at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.
In Printed Chris Benz
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
A grecian purple column elevated the First Lady to modern royalty status at the 2011 South Korea State Dinner.
In Beaded Naeem Khan
The First Lady’s white beaded Naeem Khan turned heads in June 2011.
In Black Ralph Lauren
A simple, well-draped Ralph Lauren made a beautiful statement in 2011 at a dinner for the Queen.
In Violet Halston
A sleek brown/purple Halston looked sophisticated for the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
In White Tom Ford
The First Lady commanded attention in white Tom Ford at the 2011 Buckingham Palace State Banquet.
In Ombre Peter Som
An ombre purple Peter Som ensemble was classic with a twist in England, May 2011.
In Pastel Thakoon
The First Lady looked lovely and insouciant in patterned Thakoon at the 2009 Pittsburgh Summit.
In Red Naeem Khan
The First Lady stunned in a glittering Naeem Khan dress at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony.
In Red Alexander McQueen
Though controversial, Obama’s vibrant, draped Alexander McQueen was a unforgettable at a 2011 State Dinner.