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Michelle Obama: First lady of fashion

This cover image shows first lady Michelle Obama's

This cover image shows first lady Michelle Obama's portrait by Annie Leibovitz on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Vogue. Photo Credit: AP

After four brightly colored, eclectic, belted, arm-baring, brooch-embellished years, fashion pundits agree that Michelle Obama has found her niche and upped her fashion game.

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a metallic Naeem
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First Lady Michelle Obama wore a metallic Naeem Khan gown while announcing the 2013 Academy Award best picture winner from the White House. (Feb. 24, 2013)

This cover image shows first lady Michelle Obama's
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This cover image shows first lady Michelle Obama's portrait by Annie Leibovitz on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Vogue.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: U.S. first lady
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The first lady rocked her first official portrait,
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The first lady rocked her first official portrait, taken in Feb., 2009, for which she wore a little black dress by Michael Kors.

Whether it's by J.Crew or Nina Ricci (as
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Whether it's by J.Crew or Nina Ricci (as this one is), Michelle Obama loves her cardigans. She paired this one with Calvin Klein to watch her husband accept the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

For a meeting with British Prime Minister David
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For a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, the first lady wore a dress by the Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic under a deep blue coat by Narciso Rodriguez.

Obama's 2009 inaugural day outfit--lemongrass lace by Isabel
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Obama's 2009 inaugural day outfit--lemongrass lace by Isabel Toledo--had a thin layer of pashmina to keep her warm.

Election night: In 2008, Michelle Obama joined her
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Election night: In 2008, Michelle Obama joined her family wearing a red and black dress by Narciso Rodriguez, topped by a little black shrug. Fast forward four years, there's that black shrug again (or at least a very similar black shrug), this time over a purple silk Michael Kors that she's been seen in at least twice before.

Election night: In 2008, Michelle Obama joined her
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Election night: In 2008, Michelle Obama joined her family wearing a red and black dress by Narciso Rodriguez, topped by a little black shrug. Fast forward four years, there's that black shrug again (or at least a very similar black shrug), this time over a purple silk Michael Kors that she's been seen in at least twice before.

The first lady is known for repeating looks.
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The first lady is known for repeating looks. She wore this sleeveless dress by Preen with a pale yellow blazer to the Newseum last June, but she'd worn it earlier to the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.

Michelle Obama likes to show off her waist,
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Michelle Obama likes to show off her waist, meaning you'll often see her in a '50s silo like this Talbot's sundress she wore to a White House picnic.

Michelle Obama wears a belted sheath by Maria
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Michelle Obama wears a belted sheath by Maria Pinto cinched with a black Azzedine Alaia belt (clearly one of her favorite accessories) on the campaign trail in 2008.

There's that Azzedine Alaia belt again, teamed with
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There's that Azzedine Alaia belt again, teamed with a Jason Wu dress for an appearance at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference in 2010.

Bright colors are one of Michele Obama's signatures,
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Bright colors are one of Michele Obama's signatures, including this Michael Kors dress/jacket combo that some labeled "pepto pink," worn to the presidential debate at Hofstra University in October.

Early on, Michelle Obama signaled she would mix
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Early on, Michelle Obama signaled she would mix things up, wearing clothes from J. Crew (pictured), H&M and Target.

Some felt Jason Wu's inaugural ball gown was
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Some felt Jason Wu's inaugural ball gown was too prom-like--but it certainly put the designer on the map.

The first lady was clearly more sophisticated later
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The first lady was clearly more sophisticated later in Obama's first term, wearing a white Tom Ford gown to a banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Michelle Obama wore a dramatic red silk gown
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Michelle Obama wore a dramatic red silk gown with black petals by Sarah Burton for Alexander MdQueen to a state dinner for the president of China.

Star power: Speaking at the Democratic National Convention
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Star power: Speaking at the Democratic National Convention in September, 2012, Michelle Obama wore a custom rayon and silk dress by Tracy Reese.

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