First Lady Style: Michelle Obama's Best Evening Looks

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First Lady Style: Michelle Obama's Best Evening Looks
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Michelle Obama set the style bar high at her husband's first inaugural ball and we've swooned over her impeccable evening-wear choices ever since. In honor of President Obama's second inaugural ball, let's take a look back at the always-stylish first lady’s best formal-wear looks.

Off-the-Shoulder Gown + Stunning Accessories
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Off-the-Shoulder Gown + Stunning Accessories

The first lady embodied elegance in a sleek Ralph Lauren gown while greeting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in London. She gave the crown jewels a run for their money by completing the look with a sparkling statement necklace.

One-Shoulder Gown + Toned Arms
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One-Shoulder Gown + Toned Arms

For the White House state dinner in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, FLOTUS showed off her toned arms in a one-shouldered number. She looked on-trend in the jewel-toned gown by Korean-American designer Doo-Ri Chung.

Couture + A Bit of Culture
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Couture + A Bit of Culture

Michelle Obama welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to a state dinner at the White House in a bold red and black Alexander McQueen gown. The stunning dress featured an asymmetrical neckline and avant-garde draping.

Glittering Gown +  Layers of Pearls
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Glittering Gown + Layers of Pearls

The first lady shined at the Governors' Dinner in a sequined Peter Soronen gown. She amped up the glamor by pairing the form-fitting frock with a beautiful necklace by Tom Binns.

Contemporary Gown + Classic Accessories
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Contemporary Gown + Classic Accessories

FLOTUS attended a formal dinner at Buckingham Palace in a white Tom Ford gown. She wore the shoulder-baring dress with long white gloves to complete the sophisticated silhouette.

Teal Marchesa + Baubles
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Teal Marchesa + Baubles

Mrs. Obama wowed in an off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown while hosting the British Prime Minister at the White House. She accessorized the structured dress with a Tom Binns necklace in complementary colors.

Sequins + First Impressions
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Sequins + First Impressions

FLOTUS stunned in a strapless gown designed by Naeem Khan while entertaining the Indian Prime Minister at a White House State dinner. She accessorized with a wrist full of gold bangles that perfectly complemented her dazzling gown.

Metallic Frock + Olympic Spirit
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Metallic Frock + Olympic Spirit

The first lady glowed in a gold metallic Rodarte dress at the 2009 International Olympic Committee reception in Copenhagen. Complete with matching gold accessories, her gilded ensemble was clearly a nod to the coveted Olympic gold medal.

Bold Blue Gown + Silver Accessories
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Bold Blue Gown + Silver Accessories

Mrs. Obama wore a one-shouldered, cobalt blue gown by designer Peter Soronen to a state dinner with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. She played up the dress's hue with matching bold eye shadow.

Jason Wu + New Beginnings
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Jason Wu + New Beginnings

Michelle Obama donned an ivory one-shouldered gown adorned with flower appliqué details to President Obama's 2009 Inaugural Ball. The Jason Wu dress needed no embellishment, so she simply accessorized with a pair of white heels.

Jason Wu + Shoulder-Baring Success
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Jason Wu + Shoulder-Baring Success

Finally, the first lady's second inaugural ball dress was revealed — another gorgeous gown by Jason Wu. The crimson dress featured a halter neckline that accentuated her now-iconic toned arms.

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