During the tumultuous Trump transition, let’s all remember what really matters: Michelle Obama and the calming presence of her perennially chic style. Luckily for us, the former FLOTUS style is still in effect, and Obama is delivering big on outfit inspo with her (well-earned) vacation wardrobe.
While vacationing with Barack in the British Virgin Islands, photos of the former First Couple have surfaced, with the Obamas sporting some decidedly casual wear—think a truly bro-worthy backward baseball cap and flip-flops (you do you, Barack).
But as always, it’s Michelle who is the serious style star. The game-changing First Lady has been heavily lauded for using her platform to cultivate the talent of American designers, such as Thakoon and Christian Siriano, elevating the sartorial conversation to one of real substance and using fashion to express a point of view about globalization and diplomacy. Now she’s trading in her collection of Jason Wu and Tanya Taylor to hit the beach in cutoff shorts, an island-ready fedora, a breezy kimono, and—wait for it—pigtail braids. As ever, she’s still chic as hell.
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During her tenure as First Lady, Michelle earned as much admiration for her beauty game as for her thoughtful and industry-changing wardrobe choices (this GIF of her beauty evolution is evidence of her always-enviable #hairgoals). Considering her solid-gold beauty résumé, we’re convinced she’s probably the only person who could make Pippi Longstocking braids and a fedora look chic.
Michelle’s beach looks are proof of hope: No matter what the current political climate, the former FLOTUS style will always be the ruling member of the Style Party.
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