First lady Michelle Obama has become one of the most notable trendsetters in the world of fashion. Although she is hailed as a fashion icon, many insiders believe she is just the opposite. But not in a bad way. Fashion icons are known for representing one signature look, and Mrs. Obama’s style is strictly her own. She experiments with different styles, which is what the fashion scene is all about these days.
At this week’s state dinner for People’s Republic of China President Hu Jintao, Mrs. Obama emerged wearing a stunning red and black graphic print Alexander McQueen gown. And although her choice of designer has caused a lot of controversy in the fashion world, the first lady made a sterling choice in color, style and fit.
So what inspiration can we gain from this trendsetter? The list is endless…
Forever 21 Floral Front Silk Top: $29.80
This beautiful silk top has a unique floral print across the front, inspiration from Michelle Obama‘s gown. The oversized print paired with kimono sleeves, which can be shortened or lengthened depending on your preference, makes this blouse stand out from the rest. Dress it up with a classic pair of grey trousers, or dress it down with your favorite pair of jeans. On those hot Alabama days, try pairing this stunning top with a great pair of white shorts. This top looks great on most body shapes, but its most flattering on pear shaped figures.
Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Top: $17.80
Sometimes rhinestones can get a little out of hand. Fortunately, this funky flower top has just enough to add a little flare to an already elegant blouse. The floral print resembles the graphic print found on Mrs. Obama’s stunning gown in both style and color. The faded print along with the knitted fabric and dolman sleeves gives this blouse an almost vintage look. Pair it with jeans or a great pair of black shorts. For a cute “going out” ensemble, trying pairing it with a classic pair of black skinny jeans and some strappy sandals.
Forever 21 Slit Stripe Top: $14.80
Inspiration comes in all forms. There’s more to Alexander McQueen’s gown than just the radiant graphic print. The asymmetrical neckline gives the gown an elegantly unique look. Forever 21’s lightweight knit top features a large scoop neck. To get the same look as Michelle Obama, pair this simple blouse with a cami and let one sleeve hang off the shoulder. This is a classic, fun multi-functional top that looks great on any body shape.
Dillard’s London Time Floral Print Dress: $48.00
Black and yellow paired together looks great anytime of the year. The bold floral print resembles the graphic print found on Michelle Obama’s beautiful formal gown. The colors on this gorgeous dress are just magnificently vivid; there’s just enough color needed to add a little happiness to your day. This dress is great for work or formal occasions. For a great spring work outfit, pair it with a classic black or white blazer and your favorite pair of strappy heels or pumps. The form fitting cut of the dress is perfect for those hourglass shaped figures out there.
Belk Jump Ruffle Sheath Dress: $19.49
The asymmetrical design on the sleeves adds a little something extra to this alluring classic cut dress. Once again, the inspiration comes from the irregular neckline found on Michelle Obama’s Alexander McQueen gown. This dress, which is both stylish and extremely affordable, is a great piece to wear to work anytime of the year. In the spring and summer, pair this stunning dress with a great pair of strappy heels or wedges. On those colder days, wear a cozy pair of stockings to add a little extra warmth, along with a classic pair of pumps and your ready for work. Not only is this piece perfect for the office, but this dress can be worn to a number of formal events as well.
Belk Jessica Simpson Floral Print Bubble Dress: $89.60
This adorable dress is super funky, yet so stylish. The light pink, black and grey combination is a great classic look, but the graphic print and bubble hem gives it a more unique feel. The graphic print and billowy skirt, both inspired by Michelle Obama’s look, adds to the dress’ feminine look and feel. Great for work, formal wear or a night out on the town, this Jessica Simpson dress is sure to catch some attention wherever you decide to wear it.
Remember, inspiration comes in different styles, looks and forms. So, when you find something you love, whether it be a specific piece or a whole ensemble, don’t just go for the same look. Find a number of different things that you like about the outfit and turn it into something entirely your own.