First Lady style

Published Tuesday, 22 January 2013
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Michelle Obama is set to remain in the public eye for four more years, after her husband Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as US President this week.

They say behind every successful man is a great woman, and this First Lady also has a great wardrobe, ranging from Alexander McQueen to J Crew.

And while what Michelle wears is always a hot topic, earlier this month all eyes were on her new hairstyle, which even the President referred to as "the more significant event of this weekend".

Her softly waved side-part has been replaced with a chin-length bob and blunt 'bangs' - much like her outfits, it is classic, stylish and looks effortless (even if anyone who has ever sported a blunt fringe knows it's anything but).

But moving on to the inauguration ceremony and during a frosty January in Washington DC where her husband was sworn in to the top spot for a second time.

Michelle opted for a below-knee-length patterned coat by American designer Thom Browne, accessorised with a jewelled belt and long-line purple leather gloves.

Their young daughters, Sasha and Malia, opted for colour-coordinated coats in shades of plum and purple by J Crew and Kate Spade, presenting a polished, united family.

Michelle Obama with husband Barack at his inauguration ceremony.

Browne's classic style belies a past at Polo Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco and he's well known for making an impact in menswear when he altered suits by shrinking jackets and shortening leg lengths.

Mrs Obama has been a keen champion of local designers, and at the inaugural ball later that evening she wore a full-length red gown by Jason Wu - the same designer who provided the stunning white dress she sported to mark the beginning of Obama era at the White House.

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu at the inauguration ball.

Wu was just a 26-year-old designer when his one-shoulder dress was seen around the world and four years later when Michelle stepped out in another custom-made creation he simply tweeted "#Inshock!!!"

Now it is the beginning of another round of public engagements and Michelle has previously shown she knows exactly what suits her athletic shape and how to show off those famously toned arms.

Michelle's style has been classic with bursts of bright colour and she has certainly lived up to the First Lady heritage - from Jacqueline Kennedy to Nancy Reagan, being at the forefront with style.

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Sara Neill
Sara Neill

Sara Neill joined UTV's Webteam as an online journalist in 2011, previously having worked for radio and print outlets.

She has covered a range of topics, from the Saville Report to the Royal Wedding or new sounds on Northern Ireland's music scene and fashion shows.

In her spare time, she likes to read poetry and 1960s American literature and blog about all things makeup, hair and beauty.

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