Michelle Obama's Barbara Tfank dress wows State of the Union viewers

By Marissa Willstein,
The First Lady attracts attention in the gorgeous cobalt blue design

Last night, viewers tuned in to watch President Obama deliver his State of the Union address but not all eyes were on him. In a room full of suits, Michelle Obama stole America’s attention with her bold cobalt blue Barbara Tfank dress.

Michelle looked exquisite and oh so elegant in the designer’s sheath. Us Weekly reported that the stylish frock, from Tfank’s resort collection, is likely to have a steep retail price of $2,400.

Best known for dabbling in a variety of designer’s collections, Obama is no stranger to Tfank. According to People, when visiting Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge last year, Michelle dressed to impress in a brocade dress and pink jacket made by the Los Angeles-based designer.

First Lady Michelle Obama applauds during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on January 24, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Obama’s personal style exudes confidence because she knows how to successfully play with color and silhouettes. Her Tfank sheath was the perfect balance of sophistication and fun. The appropriate length, neckline, and fit made for a polished, look but the vibrant hue added a playful element.

Us Weekly referred back to the fashionista’s quote to Women’s Health in 2009. “For me fashion is fun, and it's supposed to help you feel good about yourself,” she said. “I think that's what all women should focus on: what makes them happy and feel comfortable and beautiful. I wear what I love. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don't. I'm fine with that."

Just like the late Jackie Kennedy, the mother of two can do no wrong when it comes to her clothing ensembles. She is a style icon and is best known for mixing designer duds with affordable fashion.

Although she opted for high fashion this time around, Michelle has the ability to transform reasonably priced labels such as J.Crew and Target into White House worthy looks. When you look as good as this leading lady, who cares about the price tag?



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