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Inauguration 2013: Copy Michelle Obama's first lady style

January 24, 2013|By Jenn Harris
  • Michelle Obama wore a navy Thom Browne coat and dress, which the White House said was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie. The boots were by designer Reed Krakoff.
Michelle Obama wore a navy Thom Browne coat and dress, which the White House… (Win McNamee / AFP / Getty…)

First Lady Michelle Obama stole the spotlight at the inaugural festivities this week as a sartorial knockout. Sporting a sleek new hairstyle, she proved with every outfit she is as much a style icon as her notably fashionable predecessors Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.

At the Commander in Chief ball, Obama danced the night away in a red velvet chiffon halter gown by Jason Wu, who also designed the feathery white creation she wore during her husband's first inauguration.

For the formal swearing-in ceremony, Obama wore a navy jacquard coat by Thom Browne with a jeweled  J. Crew belt, black Reed Krakoff boots and purple gloves. The look was simple yet refined, with just the right punches of color and texture.

Photos: Michelle Obama on inauguration day

"The fabric specifically was one I was developing for my men's collection that I just showed -- a silk jacquard fabric based off an old tie," Browne told Times reporter Adam Tschorn during a phone interview from Paris. "There's a beautiful structure to the fabric."

To get the first lady's daytime look, try the Steffen Schraut black and blue Broadway jacquard knit coat for $405 from or the Asos Jacquard Dolly coat for $110.50 from Cinch the waist and embellish the look with the Vince Camuto metallic snakeskin belt for $42.

The Echo Design Echo Touch center-ruched glove from for $38 will keep your hands warm. For a classic pair of versatile boots, try the Ros Hommerson Trumpet boot from for $129.97.


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