With the upcoming U.S election, we figured it was time to talk politics and discuss a very serious international matter – fashion. Although national leaders are often dressed in a very conservative and predictable manner, some spouses (past and present) have set a new style standard when it comes to being a first lady. With avid interests in fashion and access to the world’s top designers, these first ladies make politics seem far more ~alluring~ .
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An obvious choice, but no best dressed list could be complete without the current first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama. An icon of American style, Michelle Obama breaks “fashion rules” by wearing the same outfit more than once, and isn’t above donning H&M and J.Crew to political gatherings. When getting dolled up for red carpet or presidential events, Michelle Obama often sports designer dresses and ends up looking like a modern day princess.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
The late Jackie Kennedy Onassis was first lady from 1961-1963 when husband John F. Kennedy was the 35th American president. During her reign in the political public eye, her White House wardrobe was primarily created by French born fashion designer Oleg Cassini. Through suits, dresses and pillbox hats, Jackie O became known as a 60s icon. After leaving the White House, she reinvented her look and traded in modest skirts for jeans, turtlenecks, headscarves and her famous round sunglasses. Jackie Kennedy Onassis remained a fashion leader long after she was first lady, as her trendsetting style is still influential today.
Cameroon’s first lady Chantal Biya has bold style and big hair to say the least. Although her personal outfits may not be everybody’s cup of tea, her unforgettable ensembles never leave her unnoticed. Her hairstyles are so popular with Cameroonian women that her signature do’ has a name- “the banane”.
Carla Bruni- Sarkozy
Former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was a model, singer and songwriter before she married then President Nicolas Sarkozy. The Italian beauty once had modelling contracts with Dior and Chanel before she left her ~glamourous~ lifestyle for another ~glamourous~ lifestyle. Her personal style is so admired amongst her fans that she has even been dubbed the “new Jackie O”.
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Samantha Cameron (a.k.a Sam Cam) is the current first lady of British Prime Minister, David Cameron. Known as the “fashionable” one in the relationship, Samantha Cameron always looks effortlessly elegant next to her husband. From tailored suits to casual sweaters and jeans, Samantha has become an ambassador of British style. Like Michelle Obama, Sam Cam mixes Zara and Topshop in with her Alessandra Rich and Burberry to keep her grounded and to remind people “she’s just like everyone else”.
Ok, so Grace Kelly wasn’t a First Lady per se, but she was the Princess of Monaco, which is close enough. A famous actress before marrying Prince Rainier III, Grace Kelly was always dressed ready for the red carpet. Her timeless beauty and elegant demeanor made her a favourite princess and celebrated fashion icon. She even had a Hermès bag named after her; if that isn’t the ultimate style compliment I don’t know what is!