US Presidential Race: A Look at Michelle Obama’s Campaign Style (VIDEO + GALLERY)

Mrs. O's Campaign Style
Michelle Obama continues to set trends in the race to the White House.
The First Lady of the United States’ style first caught our attention while campaigning for her husband four years ago, and once again Michelle Obama’s wardrobe has taken center stage during the months leading up to November’s big election.

Part of the appeal of Mrs. O’s style is its accessibility. Known to wear a combination of high and low pieces, the First Lady mixes custom-made gowns with affordable pieces from Target and her longtime favorite, J. Crew.

For this fall’s campaign trail, Obama is once again getting accolades for her campaign style, showing off her style chops in the latest trends and fresh new designers.

Mrs. Obama kicked off the campaign in style, causing quite a stir in her one-of-a-kind Tracey Reese dress. The of-the-moment floral pattern gave fresh flare to the otherwise conservative silhouette. Her nails also caught quite a bit of attention, as women and bloggers tried to nail down the exact shade of grayish purple she wore. (It was Artistic Colour Gloss Soak Off Gel in Vogue for the record.)

Obama’s approachable style includes re-wearing items that have been a major hit. At the presidential debate in Charlotte, N.C., Obama garnered just as much attention for a bright blue  geometric print “Lavender Dress” and matching jacket from Preen’s fall 2011 collection as when she had originally worn the outfit while touring the UK in late 2012.

Though the 48-year-old has remained loyal to American designers like Jason Wu and Diane von Furstenberg, both of whom are known for their classic cuts with a modern twist. But she’s not afraid to try new designers as well, making stars like Tracey Reese and Preen household names.

Another hallmark of Obama’s style: Color.  The First Lady hasn’t shied away from color on the campaign trail, wearing a range of vibrant hues from red and green to orange on the campaign trail.

During a speech at the Barbara Goleman High School in Florida, Obama stunned in an emerald green Chris Benz shift dress. She polished the look off with a simple skinny belt and minimal jewelry for a sophisticated take on color.

For more of Obama’s chic campaign style, click on our gallery. Then check out her campaign competition, with a peek at Ann Romney’s campaign style.

Who gets your vote for best campaign style? Sound off in the comments section below.

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