Michelle Obama's Inaugural Style: Which Looks Stunned & Which Ones Flopped? (PHOTOS)

michelle obama swearing in obama january 20Sure, Inauguration Day was about swearing President Obama in for his second term, but fashionistas 'round the world had their attention turned to something else entirely for the past 48 hours: First Lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe, obvs! We waited with bated breath to know what she wore, who designed it, and how fabulous -- or not so fabulous -- it was, especially when compared to past looks. 

Here, a run-down of her four highest-profile styles from Inauguration 2013 ...


For the private, quiet swearing-in ceremony that took place on Sunday, January 20 at the White House, Michelle donned a deep royal blue, A-line dress with a matching cardigan, both by American designer Reed Krakoff, who is the president and executive creative director of Coach, Inc. Although it was may have been the least "visible" -- since she only wore it for a short time during the brief Sunday ceremony -- the slightly retro look may have been my fave overall!

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Here's the look in action ...

The next day, we saw her in the preppy, custom navy jacquard coat and dress by suit designer Thom Browne, cinched at the waist with a glitzy rhinestone belt from J.Crew and bright purple gloves also by J.Crew (which both sold out online almost right away), paired initially with a low J.Crew heel and, later, with knee-high, suede, low-heeled boots by Reed Krakoff. It seemed like everyone adored this look, with the Crew gloves and belt selling out almost instantly, and Elle's Joe Zee tweeting: "@FLOTUS SO CHIC in her #ThomBrowne navy coat," Sandra Bernhard calling the coat "forward and brilliant," supermodel Lily Aldridge tweeting simply, "gorgeous," and designer Christian Siriano proclaimed the FLOTUS a fashion "legend." Score!

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Then, for the inaugural balls, the FLOTUS wore a ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu (who created her memorable, white one-shoulder gown for the first inauguration in 2009). She paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes and a diamond-embellished ring by Kimberly McDonald for a look that was definitely wow-worthy. But something about the mixed materials of the dress -- and the not-all-that-flattering cut -- was a turnoff. Not my all-time fave look on the FLOTUS, but she was still stunning!

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What was your favorite Inaugural look on the First Lady?


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