First Lady Fashion: The Political Gowns of Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and More

By Tessa Woolf July 6, 2012

In keeping with this week's patriotic celebrations, we thought it appropriate to give a shout-out to some of the stylish women who've helped shape the country. NPR recently put together a retrospective slideshow of political gowns worn by the First Ladies over the years. Jacqueline Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and Nancy Reagan all wore white gowns for their Inaugural Balls--Michelle and Nancy both chose one-shoulder silhouettes (yep, one-shoulder styles were popular back in the 80s, too)--while Hilary Clinton opted for a lace-y purple frock and Laura Bush chose a long-sleeved, vibrant red number. Betty Ford was a total Betty in her State Dinner jacquard chartreuse gown with a deep v-neck, Mamie Eisenhower was all smiles in her sparkling pink Inaugural gown, and Pat Nixon shined in her canary yellow satin Inaugural gown topped with an embellished jacket.

Enjoy a look back at these First Lady fashions--who knows, their White House style may even inspire your white wedding attire:

Mamie Eisenhower's Inaugural Gown, 1953

Jacqueline Kennedy's Inaugural Gown, 1961

Pat Nixon's Inaugural Gown, 1969

Betty Ford's State Dinner Dress, 1975

Nancy Reagan's Inaugural Gown, 1981

Hilary Clinton's Inaugural Gown, 1993

Laura Bush's Inaugural Gown, 2001

Michelle Obama's Inaugural Gown, 2009

Party politics aside, which First Lady frock gets your vote for best political gown? Cast your vote in the comment section below!

Have a happy weekend, friends!

 {Images: Courtesy of the Associated Press}

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