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Michelle Obama stopped by Hauser & Wirth art gallery in Los Angeles this week for the opening of artist Amy Sherald’s first West Coast solo exhibition.
The former first lady previewed the “Great American Fact” collection in style on Monday, stepping out in her take on the monochrome trend. The chic ensemble included a soft black velvet jumpsuit and a chain-linked crossbody bag. Continuing the color scheme with her choice of footwear, the best-selling author slipped on set of pointed-toe slingback heels with cutout sides and leather uppers for a sleek finishing touch.
Color-coordinated attire has quickly become the must-see styling hack of 2021, offering a streamlined route into a chic ensemble. Stars like Kourtney Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and even Jill Biden have tried out the trend for themselves in the past weeks alone.
This week wasn’t Michelle Obama’s first time tackling the monochrome trend this year, either. She arrived alongside former President Barack Obama for now President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration in January in an all-red look. Her streamlined ensemble from Black designer Sergio Hudson layered a fuschia top with coordinating wide-leg trousers and a cut-hem coat.
As for footwear, Michelle tapped Stuart Weitzman for its signature Vernell stretch suede boots; similar designs retail for $595 on the American designer’s website.
Michelle’s own legacy as the first lady and beyond includes numerous campaigns like Let’s Move!, encouraging children to embrace a healthier lifestyle, and the Let Girls Learn initiative, which is dedicated to increasing access to education for girls. Beyond her endless charitable actions and positive influences, the “Becoming” star also turned into a style icon across her eight years in the capital. Her personal style mixes together everything from affordable J.Crew shoes and accessories to standout glimmering Balenciaga boots from her 2018 interview with Sarah Jessica Parker.
As her for inauguration day, you can’t forget about her memorable looks from both of Barack Obama’s inaugurations in 2009 and again in 2013. For her husband’s first swearing-in, Michelle layered an Isabel Toledo dress and coat with a Nina Ricci cardigan, and J.Crew leather gloves, topped off with Jimmy Choo heels. In 2013 for President Obama’s second term, the then-first lady stunned in a Thome Brown jacket dress with Reed Krakoff leather suede boots.
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Click through the gallery to find more of Michelle Obama’s top looks over the years.