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Michelle Obama's style - 2011

The first lady looks as sophisticated in designer dresses as she does in outfits from J. Crew.

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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama step aboard the USS Arizona Memorial where they tossed flowers into Pearl Harbor

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama —standing out in a colorful ensemble — step aboard the USS Arizona Memorial where they tossed flowers into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 29. Accompanying them is Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and his wife Donna.

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Image: First lady Michelle Obama visits the Children's National Medical Center

Wearing a red Marc Jacobs dress and gold bow pin, Michelle Obama walks with the family dog Bo as she arrives for a book reading at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington on Dec. 12.

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Image: Obama And First family Attend Christmas In Washington

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — dazzling in a festive Cushnie et Ochs dress — pose with daughters Malia and Sasha and children dressed as elves prior to attending performances at the annual "Christmas in Washington" gala on Dec. 11, in Washington, DC.

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Image: President Obama Speaks At Hanukkah Reception

Wearing a metallic blue dress by Rodarte, Michelle Obama hold hands with President Barack Obama during a Hanukkah on reception Dec. 8, in Washington, DC.

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Image: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors reception

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House in Washington December 4, 2011.

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Image: Michelle Obama, Bo

First lady Michelle Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as children from military families work on crafts in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, as the Christmas holiday decorations, whose theme is "Shine, Give, Share" were previewed.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and daughter Sasha arrive to receive the White House Christmas tree at the White House in Washington on November 25, 2011.

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Image: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden

President Barack Obama signs legislation that will provide tax credits to help put veterans back to work, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. First lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, right, and others, look on.

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Michelle Obama, in a yellow tropical print dress, during the APEC leaders' spouses luncheon at Kualoa Ranch in Ka'a'awa on the island of Oahu in Hawaii on Nov. 13, 2011.

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Image: 2011 APEC Summit Convenes In Hawaii

Michelle Obama (R) laughs with Linda the wife of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the APEC summit dinner on Nov. 12, in Waikiki, Hawaii. Mrs. Obama wore a custom Vera Wang knee length charcoal and stone stretch faille dress with tulip-pink organza draped shoulder.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the court before the start of the NCAA men's college basketball Carrier Classic between the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels aboard the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on November 11, 2011 in San Diego, California.

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with President Barack Obama as they walk to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on November 11, 2011, for a trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia.

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to a group of high school students at Georgetown University in Washington Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.

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Image: Michelle Obama, William Porter, Breann Rouse

First Lady Michelle Obama escorts John Sexton Elementary School students ,William Porter, left, and Breann Rouse across the tarmac at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 27, 2011. It is the third time that Michelle wore her this Thakoon dress in public.

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Image: First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Chicago Promoting Healthy Food Options

First lady Michelle Obama visits a Walgreens store that sells produce on Oct. 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The visit was part of the first lady's "Let's Move!" initiative, which is designed to promote healthy eating and lifestyles in low-income areas. While visiting the city the first lady also took a tour of an urban farm.

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Image: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama picks Halloween pumpkins along with her husband U.S. President Barack Obama at Wood's Orchard in Hampton

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama picks Halloween pumpkins at Wood's Orchard in Hampton, Virginia, on Oct. 19, 2011.

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Image: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lee Myung-bak, Kim Yoon-ok

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his wife Kim Yoon-ok on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct., 13, 2011, prior to a State Dinner.

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First Lady Michelle Obama plays soccer as she hosts a "Let's Move!" event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 6, 2011, with the US Women's National Soccer Team.

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First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by US Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, leaves the US Secret Service headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Oct., 5, 2011, after speaking to employees.

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Image: President Barack Obama Speaks At Annual Phoenix Awards

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner on Sept. 24, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The first lady wore a stunning long black sequined skirt and black sash.

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Image: First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she boards Air Force One in Washington to accompany President Barack Obama to New York

Wearing a yellow sweater accessorized with a chunky belt, first lady Michelle Obama laughs as she boards Air Force One in Washington to accompany President Barack Obama to New York on Sept. 19, 2011.

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Image: President Obama and First Lady attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala - DC

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14, 2011. The first lady debuted a strapless Chris Benz creation for the occasion.

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Wearing fashionably long earrings, first lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 13, 2011 during the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards luncheon.

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Image: President Obama Attends "Concert For Hope" Commemorating 9/11 Attacks

President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd as he arrives at the "A Concert For Hope" event, hosted by Washington National Cathedral, with Michelle Obama to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011. For the Kennedy Center event, the first lady wore an "exploding bow" blouse from designer Prabal Gurung's JCrew capsule collection.

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Wearing a black sweater over a belted black dress, the first lady joins President Obama in a moment of silence after laying a wreath at the Wall of Names at the crash site of Flight 93 during their visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

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Wearing a checked dress from ASOS.com, the online-only fashion store, Michelle Obama waves to young Zoe Dienes of Concord during a Joining Forces Cookout for National Guard and Reserve and Active Duty members and their families on July 24, 2011 in Concord, N.H.

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Image: Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama

Michelle Obama, in an ASOS AFRICA printed sleeveless oversized shirt, and daughters Sasha and Malia march with children during their visit to the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 21, 2011.

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Image: US First Lady Michelle Obama meets Nelson Mandela

Michelle Obama, in a Narciso Rodriguez silk ensemble, and South African First Lady Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma walk together during a meeting at Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 21, 2011.

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, in a striped dress from Talbots, arrive for the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 2011.

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Image: First Lady Michelle Obama Discusses Joining Forces With Hollywood Trade Representatives

Michelle Obama had her hair styled in a faux bob at the Writers Guild Theatre on June 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. "Joining Forces" was a discussion of how to integrate the stories of military families into film and television.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave the White House on June 10, 2011, and head for Camp David, the president's mountain retreat. Highlighting her everyday style, Michelle is wearing a dress from GAP.

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Image: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays with Maria Valles during playtime while visiting CenroNia, a bilingual child care center in Washington

Michelle Obama plays with Maria Valle while visiting CenroNia, a bilingual child care center in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2011.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a state dinner at the White House on June 7, 2011. The first lady wore a beaded Naeem Khan dress for the occasion.

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Image: President Obama Attends Pritzker Architecture Prize Event

Michelle Obama attends the Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony in Washington, DC. on June 2, 2011, wearing a cobalt jersey gown by Reed Krakoff.

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Image: U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama gives two thumbs up as she waits for Queen Elizabeth in London

Wearing a Ralph Lauren gown and Tom Binns jewelry, Michelle Obama gives two thumbs up as she waits for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Winfield House in London, May 25, 2011.

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Image: US President Barack Obama Visits The UK - Day One

Queen Elizabeth II poses with President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Prince Philip in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a state banquet on May 24, 2011. Mrs. Obama wore ivory gloves and a full-length ivory gown created by American designer Tom Ford.

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Image:  Michelle Obama Duchess of Cambridge

The newylywed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, left, talks with the U.S. first lady at London's Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011. Obama is in a mint green silk printed dress from Barbra Tfank; the duchess is wearing a mass-market dress from Reiss, a British-based retailer.

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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd at College Green in Dublin

Michelle Obama wears a Marc Jacobs dress as she and President Barack Obama wave to the enthusiastic crowd at College Green in Dublin on May 23, 2011, at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe.

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The U.S. president waves as he and his wife, Michelle Obama, leave Air Force One at the Dublin Airport on May 23, 2011. The first lady wears a black and white openwork lace sheath dress by Peter Som.

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First lady Michelle Obama sports a pair of purple Converse sneakers at a volunteer event to help paint a mural at a youth center at Washington's Joint Base Anacostia-Boling on May 19, 2011.

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Michelle Obama arrives at a poetry event at the White House while wearing an embellished, embroidered pencil skirt and cashmere tank by Naeem Khan on May 11, 2011.

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Image: BESTPIX  Michelle Obama And Jill Biden Host Mother's Day Event For Military Families

At a Mother's Day event at the White House, Michelle Obama wears a Ports 1961 dress with a metallic belt and Erickson Beamon brooch on May 6, 2011.

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Image: Obama Hosts Cinco de Mayo Event At White House

While doing a bit of dancing at a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House, the first lady looks festive in a Laura Smalls dress with an Alexander McQueen belt on May 5, 2011.

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First lady Michelle Obama dances with students at Alice Deal Middle School in northwest Washington, on May 3, 2011, during a surprise visit for the school's Let's Move! event. Obama is wearing a neon silk blouse from Zero + Maria Cornejo.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Balenciaga dress, walk to the East Room of the White House on May 2, 2011, for a ceremony to award posthumous the Medal of Honor to Pfc. Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano and Pfc. Henry Svehla.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama – dazzling in a Halston gown – wave as they arrive for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington on Apr. 30, 2011.

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Dressed in a bright spring ensemble by Michael Kors, Michelle Obama speaks during an event launching a "national initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families" on Apr. 12, 2011 at the White House.

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Image: U.S. first lady Obama, U.S. President Obama, Chile's first lady Pinera and Chile's President Pinera watch a cultural performance at an official dinner at La Moneda Palace

Wearing a Sophie Theallet dress, Michelle Obama joins President Barack Obama, Chile's first lady Cecilia Morel de Pinera and Chile's President Sebastian Pinera at an official dinner at La Moneda Palace in Santiago on Mar. 21, 2011.

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Wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michelle Obama waves with President Barack Obama as they leave Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Mar. 21, 2011.

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Image: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks to students in Santiago

Michelle Obama wore a blue lace frock with an Alexis Bittar pin while speaking to students of the Liceo Bicentario Instituto Cumbre de Condores during a visit with Chile's first lady Cecilia Morell in Santiago on Mar. 21, 2011.

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Image: First lady Michelle Obama with her daughters in Brazil

Michelle Obama wore an embroidered Naeem Khan dress while with her daughter Malia at Palacio do Alvorada in Brasilia, Brazil on Mar. 19, 2011.

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TODAY's Matt Lauer talks with first lady Michelle Obama in Feb. 2011, about her fight against child obesity and President Obama trying to quit smoking. Michelle wore a polka dot dress from H&M, with a bright red belt and yellow kitten heels.

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Image: Obamas at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama gets the chair for Michelle Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 3, 2011. Michelle wore a ladylike dress with a matching jacket from the Moschino Pre-Spring 2010 collection.

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First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a pale gray, three-quarter sleeve dress by Rachel Roy, at the start of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Jan. 25, 2011. She was seated next to the Greens, left, the family of the late Christina Taylor Green who was killed in the Tucson attack that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically injured.

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Image: Mourners Attend Funeral For Sargent Shriver

First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a gray dress and black turtle neck, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, attend the funeral service for Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Jan. 22, 2011. Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., who died at the age of 95, was a politician, activist and the first leader of the Peace Corps.

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Michelle Obama chose a red Alexander McQueen gown with black details for the state dinner she and President Barack Obama hosted Wednesday, Jan. 19, in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. The gown seemed typical of Mrs. Obama's atypical first-lady fashion sense: It featured an asymmetrical neckline and a petal-print silk organza fabric, and she wore a narrow wrap around her arms as she posed for photos in front of the White House.

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Michelle Obama attended a State arrival ceremony wearing a navy wool coat, an embellished duchess silk satin dress, and added her signature flash of color with red gloves. The event welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao and took place on the South Lawn of the White House on Jan. 19, 2011.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — wearing a purple tie neck wool coat with black trousers —returned to D.C. from the memorial service in Tucson, Ariz. for victims of the shooting rampage, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely injured. Michelle proved that a pop of color can be worn respectfully even in face of such dire circumstances.

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Image: Hernandez stands with President and Mrs. Obama and astronaut Kelly at "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America" event  in Tucson

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — in a dark plum skirt, black top, and L'Wren Scott lace cardigan — attended the memorial event to honor victims of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. They stood with Daniel Hernandez (left), the intern credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the husband of Congresswoman Giffords (right).

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Michelle Obama and daughter Malia return to Washington, D.C. after a trip to Hawaii on Jan. 4, 2011. Michelle geared up for the cold weather by wearing a gray wool coat with lace trim by Thakoon.

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Image: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama,  Malia Obama

U.S. Secret Service agents accompany President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, as they walk from the White House to attend a Sunday service at a nearby St. John's Church, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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