First ladies of the United States have not only had a major influence on the course of the country throughout the years, but have also stood at the forefront of fashion. Here, we take a look at how these women embraced the role clothes can play in establishing substance.
Not since Jackie Kennedy has the US had such a fashionable leading lady. Michelle Obama’s timeless style appealed to all generations while her affinity with high-low fashion choices made her feel just like ‘one of us’. From everyday off-the-rack clothes to costume creations from some seriously heavy hitting designers like Jason Wu and Tom Ford, Michelle had a winning fashion formula. She has taken some risks during her time as First Lady but never lost sight of her polished look, especially that trademark sleeveless fare.
Having admitted that it was hard for her to be in the eye of the fashion critics, Laura Bush was never one to keep up with the trends, instead opting for a style categorised by harmless elegance rather than cutting edge fashion. For her first Inaugural Ball she wore a dress designed by a local designer from her homestate of Texas. Laura was the ultimate in classic, conservative style albeit with a punch of patriotic pride.