With President Obama’s Nov. 6 re-election, so continues the era of our truly modern First Lady. For all her Ivy League education and confident activism, Michelle Obama is also a controversial fashion icon. Though she carefully mixes high and low pieces and designers, she also has attracted flak for placing such emphasis on the fashion industry. Still, her influence is indelible and reflects a long history of First Ladies as trend setters. In honor of Presidents’ Day, we took a look back at some of the First Ladies with their own strong senses of personal style.
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