21 Times We Lost It Over Michelle Obama's Outfits In 2016

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For the last eight years, we've been watching Michelle Obama tackle issues and make important speeches about gender and racial equality like a champ, all while looking incredibly chic. Obviously the job of First Lady is about more than pretty clothes, but you must admit, Michele Obama's outfits in 2016 were quite fabulous.

I imagine that picking out outfits as the First Lady is a rather difficult task since the world tends to pick apart women for their fashion choices, especially when they're the face of American government — can't be too revealing, can't be too prudish, can't be too expensive, etc. — but Michelle Obama has navigated these hurdles with class and she deserves some recognition and admiration.

FLOTUS tends to stick to similar cuts and colors, often opting for floral prints and A-line silhouettes, but occasionally she'll take things to the next level, like when she wore a sparkly rose gold Versace gown to an Italian state dinner. On the more casual side, Mrs. Obama is championed for bringing back the cardigan, as her various J. Crew cardigans sell out almost immediately after she is seen wearing them as an intentional part of her outfit, rather than something you only don when you're cold.

2016 was a good year for Michelle Obama's style. Here are 21 of her best looks from the last twelves months.

1. This Yellow Dress She Wore At The State Of The Union Address

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US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) waves before the arrival of US President Barack Obama before the State of the Union Address during a Joint Session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 12, 2016. Barack Obama will give his final State of the Union address, perhaps the last big opportunity of his presidency to sway a national audience and frame the 2016 election race.

This yellow Narcisco Rodriguez dress just looks like something the First Lady would wear — classic cut, sleeveless but with a high neckline — but in a non-traditional color. So good.

2. This Printed Wrap Dress

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a Women's History Month Event in honor of Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, US Air Force Retired, in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, March 2, 2016. Vaught is the first woman to deploy with an Air Force bomber unit and was one of the first women to reach the rank of Brigadier General.

Wrap dresses are another staple of FLOTUS's style. This one that she wore in March at a Women's History Month event is extra cool with its abstract design.

3. This Jason Wu Gown

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) come out from the White House for the arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grgoire Trudeau for a state dinner at the North Portico March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Prime Minister Trudeau is on an official visit to Washington. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama looked radiant in her custom Jason Wu gown for a state dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

4. This Satin A-Line Dress

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Argentina's President Mauricio Macri (2nd R) waves next to US President Barack Obama, US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and First Lady Juliana Awada (R) upon arrival for a dinner at the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016. The United States and Argentina sealed a major trade deal on the eve -the first day of President Barack Obama's visit- bolstering the efforts of his counterpart to end a decade-and-a-half of international financial isolation.

Mrs. Obama stuck to her favorite silhouette in this embellished a-line frock with some elaborate beading. I wonder if she coordinated with Juliana Awada (the First Lady of Argentina) before selecting this piece?

5. This Carolina Herrera Dress

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Jose Marti international airport in Havana on March 20, 2016. Obama, who is on a historic three-day visit to the communist-ruled island, flew to Cuba Sunday to bury the hatchet in a more than half-century-long Cold War standoff, but the arrest of dozens of dissidents just as his plane took off underlined the delicacy of the mission.

Michelle Obama's entire wardrobe for their trip to Cuba was phenomenal, but she first landed wearing one of her signatures — a floral a-line dress. This one was by Carolina Herrera.

6. This Naeem Khan Dress For The Cuban State Dinner

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HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 21: Cuban President Raul Castro (L) poses for a photograph with U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama before a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. This is the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited Cuba in 88 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Another one of FLOTUS's fabulous dresses from her visit to Cuba. This Naeem Khan dress was wonderfully appropriate for her spring trip in March 2016.

7. This Fuchsia Oscar De La Renta Dress

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(L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Barack Obama, US First Lady Michelle Obama and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose for a photograph in the Oak Room ahead of a private lunch at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England, on April, 22, 2016.

Michelle Obama wore this beautiful fuchsia dress for a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II. Casual.

8. This Monochrome Ensemble

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Prince Harry, US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose as they attend a dinner at Kensington Palace on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they attended lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and later will have dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama visited 10 Downing Street this afternoon and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Chris Radburn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Color blocking done right. Michelle Obama's peach outfit was perfect for her meeting with the British Royal Family.

9. This Atelier Versace Gown

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

This Versace gown is amazing. If anyone was doubting Michelle Obama's style chops, this dress should convince them.

10. This Naeem Khan Gown

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, September 17 2016, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Naeem Khan is definitely one of FLOTUS's favorite designers. Here she is in September wearing a gold foil ball gown by the designer, looking absolutely gorgeous.

11. This Holiday Frock

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets children of military families as they make holiday crafts and treats during the unveiling of the 2016 holiday decorations in the theme of 'The Gift of the Holidays,' in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 29, 2016.

To reveal the 2016 Christmas decorations at the White House, Michelle Obama wore a very festive blue a-line frock with a floral pattern and a bow at the waist. Perfect for the holidays.

12. This White Crepe Gown

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and his wife Ho Ching on the North Portico of the White House August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are hosting the prime minister and his wife for an official state dinner. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While visiting Singapore, Mrs. Obama wore this simple, yet chic white gown by American designer Brandon Maxwell.

13. This Cobalt Christian Siriano Dress

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US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016.

This royal blue gown was a perfect pick for Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. It was in this dress that she made her now iconic speech in support of Hillary Clinton, saying "when they go low, we go high."

14. This Givenchy Dress

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington.This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

You know you have a stylish FLOTUS when she wears Givenchy Couture to the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

15. This Trendy Tracy Reese Dress

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers opening remarks during the final Joining Forces event in the East Room of the White House November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted the event to celebrate the successes and share best practices so to continue the work of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Look at those bell sleeves. Michelle Obama wore this trendy Tracy Reese dress while speaking at the Veterans Homelessness Summit in November.

16. This Printed Dress

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to a crowd of supporters as she campaigns for the Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Convention Center at the Convention Center, in Phoenix, Arizona on October 20, 2016.

While at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton, Obama wore this pretty printed gown that almost sparkled when light hit it. So pretty.

17. This Self Portrait Dress

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to fellow first ladies, students and guests at Broadway's Jacobs Theater on September 19, 2016 in New York City. The event, called the United Nations General Assembly at Broadway's Jacobs Theater, showcased performances by The Color Purple, Waitress, Beautiful, and Wicked. Late Show host Stephen Colbert emceed the show. The purpose of the event was to continue to raise awareness for the Let Girls Learn initiative, launched by President Obama and First Lady in March 2015, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

This Self Portrait dress is really cool for anyone to wear, let alone the FLOTUS.

18. This Preen By Thorton Bregazzi Dress

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CORRECTION - US first lady Michelle Obama waves as she boards an aircraft at the Torrejon air base near Madrid on July 1, 2016 a day after oresenting the 'Let Girls Learn' initiative . US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Spain by delivering a speech on the education initiative launched in March 2015 to help adolescent girls across the world access a quality education.

This dress was perfectly suited for a trip to Madrid.

19. This Perfect Demonstration Of Pattern Mixing

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US first lady Michelle Obama speaks as she meets Moroccan young women following the 'Let Girls Learn' Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education.

While in Morocco speaking at the Let Girls Learn Summit alongside Meryl Streep and Frieda Pinto, Michelle Obama mixed floral prints perfectly and even rocked a trendy high turtleneck.

20. This Blush Naeem Khan Gown

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Nordic leaders and their spouses before a state dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2016.

Naeem Khan knows how to dress a First Lady. Here is Michelle Obama wearing another one of Khan's creations while attending a Nordic state dinner.

21. This Wide Leg Suit

For her appearance on NBC's The Voice, Michelle Obama wore a pair of fabulous wide legged trousers and a chic black blazer belted at the waist. The epitome of classy and stylish.