Fashion Lessons From The First Ladies: Ladylike Jackie Kennedy To Bold Michelle Obama

06 November 2012 by

GALLERY >> First Lady Fashion

With the race for the White House heating up, Grazia's fashion team are focusing all eyes on Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's sartorial swishes. We've long followed MObama as she cracks out one gorgeous Jason Wu ensemble after another Prabal Gurung beauty, turning her wardrobe into a crucial player in her husband's campaign.

This has us thinking about how Michelle's style choices have been influenced by president wives gone by. Always impeccably dressed, never flashy and championing modest 'campaign wife' clothes, we remember the fashion of the finest First Ladies from Onassis to Obama...

Jackie Kennedy: look ladylike

Jackie's style is undoubtedly the most iconic of the First Ladies. She seamlessly teamed sleeveless A-line dresses with above-the-elbow gloves, low-heel shoes, chic pillbox hats and dainty pearls in a tres ladylike stylee. You know you've made it when everyone everywhere is coveting the 'Jackie' look.

Nancy Reagan: find a signature colour

The wife of Ronald Reagan had a penchant for the colour red. Why? Because it's 'a picker-upper', she said. In fact, Nancy's wardrobe included so much red, the fire-engine shade became known as 'Reagan red'. QUITE the accolade.

Hillary Clinton: try a hair accessory

Never one to shy away from a questionable trend, Hillz gave everything from giant glasses to statement jewels a go. But most memorably she championed the scrunchie to go with her many, many hairstyles.

Betty Ford: appeal to the masses

Before Kate Middleton, there was Betty Ford. Her trick was to wear affordable pieces by US designers who were easily accessible.

Laura Bush: stick to what you know

Lady Bush was rarely seen without a neutral suit in tow and often wore colours that were pale and subdued to avoid taking attention away from her husband. Stylish or no, she latched onto a look and ran with it.

Michelle Obama: be bold

Conversely, Michelle has taught First Ladies to embrace vibrant colours, daring prints and, most importantly, it's totally fine to bare your arms (if they're ridiculously toned, that is).

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