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In honor of Presidents' Day, click through to see the seven most fashionable first ladies from the last 50 years.
Michelle Obama
First Lady: 2009-Present
SIGNATURE STYLE: Our current first lady has a knack for stirring up conversation with every public appearance, often due to her affinity for shorts, sleeveless shirts, recycling outfits and promoting emerging American brands. Her sartorial tastes span a variety of price points as well, including everything from high-end gowns to J.Crew casual wear.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Jason Wu, J.Crew, Tracy Reese, Thakoon
Nancy Reagan
First Lady: 1981-1989
SIGNATURE STYLE: Nancy was famously known for saying, "I believe a woman gets more if she acts feminine." To that end, her first lady wardrobe was comprised of long white gloves and tailored looks, often reminiscent of a debutante's clean style. Her trademark shade, "Reagan red," is still referred to by the Republican Party.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Adolfo
Laura Bush
First Lady: 2001-2008
SIGNATURE STYLE: During her husband's term, Laura Bush was highly regarded as one of the most elegant and classic first ladies in recent years. Throughout the majority of her public appearances, Laura could be seen in an Oscar de la Renta dress with a matching coat.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Oscar de la Renta
Jacqueline Kennedy
First Lady: 1961-1963
SIGNATURE STYLE: Perhaps one of the most legendary American style icons, Jackie Kennedy was the epitome of a sophisticated, chic political wife, at once completely timeless yet contemporary as well. In her brief two years in office, Jackie was most often seen in bright colors, statement jewelry, patterned headscarves and pillbox hats—a style which is still very much present today.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
Givenchy, Chanel, Oleg Cassini
Lady Bird Johnson
First Lady: 1963-1969
SIGNATURE STYLE: During Lyndon B. Johnson's time in office, Lady Bird Johnson was usually wearing yellow, both formally and professionally. This style-savvy first lady championed conservationism and often let that passion show in her colorful wardrobe of skirt suits.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: John Moore, George Stavropoulos
Elizabeth Ann Betty Ford
First Lady: 1974-1977
SIGNATURE STYLE: Betty Ford put her department store model and Martha Graham dancer background to good use, famously bringing mod (and mood rings) to the White House. Much like Jackie Kennedy, Betty almost always had a colorful scarf on her or her handbag. Not to mention, she popularized the breast cancer awareness movement by publicizing her mastectomy while in office.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS:
Oscar de la Renta
Hillary Rodham Clinton
First Lady: 1993-2001
SIGNATURE STYLE: Throughout Hillary's time in Washington, D.C., she wore many a power suit and pantsuit, which soon became her staples during her 2008 presidential campaign. As Secretary of State, the skirt suit became a top wardrobe player.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Let's just say in 2010 she answered the question "Which designers do you prefer?" in an interview with, "Would you ever ask a man that question?"