Dissecting The Best Of Michelle Obama's Perfect Political Dressing In China

25 March 2014 by

Michelle Obama knows how to play the sartorial game [Getty]

While Michelle Obama is obviously doing very important things on her tour of China with her daughters, we can't help but notice that MObama is dressing very appropriately, as she is wont to do. Since the furore over the First Lady wearing Alexander McQueen instead of an American designer to the China state dinner in 2011, Mrs O has been nothing short of polished and perfect: the epitome of a savvy political dresser. From Jason Wu to J. Crew and Thakoon to ASOS she always navigates the high street and high end with skill, and her tour of China is no different. So what has she got right this time? Join us as we dissect the First Lady's fash-tastic trans-Atlantic wardrobe (try saying that five times faster...)

1. Arrival in Beijing

For her arrival at Beijing International Airport, MObama opted for American designer Derek Lam's wool dress with leather and suede patchwork from his autumn/winter 2013 collection. Mrs Obama has felt the heat in recent years to support and wear more American designers; ergo here she is seen sporting a New York darling.

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2. A boatride in Beijing

This is a prime example of intelligent dressing married with serious fash credentials. This year it's the year of the horse in China and if you look closely at Mrs O's gorgeous print top, you can see the equine symbol on it. Genius we tell you.

[Michelle Obama/Getty]

3. A speech at the Stanford Centre

The First Lady turned to Carolina Herrera for her speech at the Stanford Centre at Peking University on March 22; a youthful choice, and one which won her plaudits not only for its chic-ness, but also for the fact that she goes really well with her backdrop. Kudos.

[Michelle Obama/Getty]

4. A meeting with the President

While you might think this is just a rather lovely Naeem Khan red dress, it is in fact so much more. Red is the symbol of good luck in China, aka the perfect talisman to meet the President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.

[Michelle Obama/Getty]

5. A skipping lesson

For a bisit to the Museum of Terracotta Warriors on March 24 Michelle looked simple and elegant in this Narciso Rodriguez outfit. If only we could all look this good while skipping...

[Michelle Obama/Getty]

See all of Michelle Obama's wardrobe history below.

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Michelle Obama at the The Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon - July 16, 2014

Michelle Obama at the White House, November 2013

Michelle Obama at 106 & Park at BET Studios, November 2013

Michelle Obama at Bell Multicultural High School, November 2013

Michelle Obama at Arlington National Cemetery, November 2013

Michelle Obama at the White House Kitchen Garden, October 2013

Michelle Obama departing the White House toward Marine One, September 2013

Michelle Obama at the Lincoln Memorial, August 2013

Michelle Obama at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, August 2013

Michelle Obama departing the White House for a trip to Africa, June 2013

Michelle Obama in Berlin, June 2013

Michelle Obama at Tegel Airport in Berlin, June 2013

Michelle Obama at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, June 2013

Michelle Obama at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas, April 2013

Michelle Obama at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, April 2013

Michelle Obama at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, April 2013

Michelle Obama at McCormick Place in Chicago, February 2013

Michelle Obama during a skit with Jimmy Fallon, February 2013

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu at the inaugural ball, January 2013

Michelle Obama taking part in the Grass Roots Campaign, Oct 2012

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese at the Demographic National Convention, Sept 2012

Michelle Obama in J Mendel at the Olympics, July 2012

Michelle Obama in a Marchesa gown at The White House, March 2012

Michelle Obama at the Healthier Future Summit, Nov 2011

Michelle Obama in Tom Ford at Buckingham Palace, July 2011

Michelle Obama in ASOS, July 2011

Michelle Obama in Barbara Tfank at Buckingham Palace, May 2011

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen, Jan 2011

Michelle Obama at the World Leader Lunch, Sept 2010

Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan at a state dinner, Nov 2009

Michelle Obama in Thakoon at the G20 Summit opening dinner, Sept 2009

Michelle Obama at a NATO dinner in Azzedina Alaia, April 2009

Michelle Obama arriving in London in Jason Wu, March 2009

Michelle Obama opening the Stevie Wonder White House concert in Kai Milla, March 2009


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