She Leads, You Follow: State Dinner Edition

While most first families navigate public appearances and state dinners in style, the Obamas always seem to be the best dressed at any event they attend — and there was no exception at the U.S.-Canada State Dinner that took place last week on Thursday, March 10.

According to InStyle, First Lady Michelle Obama wore an indigo gown by Canadian designer Jason Wu. Featuring a mustard and cayenne red floral print, the strapless gown was cut in a figure-flattering A-line silhouette with a band at the natural waist and pleating at the bust. Mrs. Obama completed her regal look with sultry loose waves, natural makeup and minimal jewelry.

Style definitely runs in the family, as Sasha and Malia Obama attended the dinner in their own eye-catching ensembles. Both sisters settled on Naeem Khan gowns, according to Teen Vogue, with Malia opting for a cream A-line number with gold beading strewn about the bodice and skirt, while Sasha chose a high-neck lace number which she accented with a skinny leather collar necklace.

Although the First Family is dressed for the most posh of events, there are certain things we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Go bold – All three gowns worn by the women of the Obama family involved a print in some form or another; while Malia’s gown offered a demi-polka dot print with its patterned beading from bodice to hem, Sasha’s gown featured a bold lace overlay. Mrs. Obama’s gown, however, was done in a colorful floral print. While each pattern varies in its size, shape and color, they are bold in their own ways and add visual interest to their looks. The beading of Malia’s gown is a good alternative to an actual print, delivering both shine and texture to the look without a deliberate print. Sasha’s lace gown also offers a bold print from traditional lace, doing so with its burgundy, white and black coloring. Mrs. Obama’s gown renews a classic floral motif with its bright colors over a dark, textured background. When shopping for printed pieces, take the Obamas’ lead and look for twists on something traditional, like a beaded pattern or a rejuvenated floral.
  2. Go with grace – The thing that always makes their outfits is their grace, poise and confidence; the Obamas show that, no matter what you wear, confidence is what makes the outfit. So whether you are attending a state dinner, attending a wedding, heading out to a bar with your friends or just grocery shopping on a Sunday morning, be sure to carry yourself with confidence — confidence in not only your outfit, but most importantly in yourself.


She Leads, You Follow: The Ladies of the White House

Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia began their two-day visit to London today, which kicked off with a discussion of the future of girls’ education with Prince Harry. Although the Obamas are making headlines for their tea-time with Prince Harry, they are also being admired for their flawless fashion.

The Obamas were photographed as they stepped off of Air Force One looking nothing but stylish and sophisticated. POPSUGAR reports that First Lady Obama wore a citron dress with a cerulean blue lace overlay by Preen. Malia donned an Alice + Olivia dress sprinkled with sunflowers and paired with a powder blue pair of flats while Sasha wore a classic polka dot dress with black flats.

These three lovely ladies of the White House sure know a thing or two about style, so here’s what we can learn from the First Ladies of Style:

  1. Try lady-like lace with a twist – While Mrs. Obama went for a dress with a sweet lace overlay, the dress offered a new take on a classic by blending traditional lace with trendy color blocking. By pairing the bright blue lace over a citron background, it refreshes the lace, making it look modern and chic. To incorporate this look into your wardrobe, try looking for lace in different colors; most lace is done in white, ivory or black, so look for lace in colors like those on Mrs. Obama’s dress. Or, you can take traditional white lace and wear a bright tank underneath to mimic Mrs. Obama’s look.
  2. Don’t be afraid of bold florals – Malia Obama shows us that it is possible to pull off a bold floral print. The key, however, is to make sure that the size of the print is proportional to the size of the woman wearing it; that is, women that are bigger in stature (in height or weight or both) can wear bigger prints, while women that are smaller in stature (in height or weight or both) can wear smaller prints. Malia’s 5 foot 11 inch tall frame can carry a larger, bolder print, whereas someone who is five feet tall may be overwhelmed by such a large print. So if you like Malia’s look and want to try it out for yourself, be mindful of the size of the print in comparison to your stature.
  3. Classic styles are classic for a reason – Sasha’s polka dot dress is fashionable now and will still be fashionable 30 years from now. It is more than worth it to invest in timeless pieces like a polka dot dress, black pumps, fitted blazers and dark wash jeans not only because they will always be in style, but also because they can be paired with trendier items to refresh and revamp the classic pieces. When buying timeless styles, it is okay to spend a little bit more on them; you will get a lot of wear out of them, and they will probably be in your wardrobe for a long time, so paying a little more for a higher quality item will ensure that these pieces will stand the test of time.