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With a strong sense of personal style and a wardrobe filled with eclectic designers, the first lady has changed the way Americans view the first wardrobe

When Michelle Obama steps out beside her husband on Inauguration Day, all eyes — at first — will be on what she is wearing.

Her outfit for the occasion: A navy dress and coat ensemble by designer Thom Browne, in a fabric based on the style of a silk necktie. A necklace by designer Cathy Waterman and a belt and shoes by J.Crew round out her ensemble. Ahead of the big event, Obama made headlines for the new bangs she debuted. The White House also revealed the Obama daughters’ outfits. Malia is wearing a J. Crew ensemble and Sasha a Kate Spade coat and dress.

Monday marked the start of a new term for President Barack Obama — and another four years of fashion influence and scrutiny for Michelle Obama. And if a look back at the first lady’s style choices during her husband’s first term is any indication, she’s totally fine with both.

“What has become part of the first lady’s job is to act as a champion of American fashion,” says Kathleen Graddy, curator of the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where Michelle Obama’s Jason Wu gown from her husband’s 2009 inauguration is now a permanent fixture. Following the second inauguration, Obama’s outfit and accompanying accessories will be placed with the National Archives, NBC News reported.

“Michelle Obama does a laudable job of showcasing a variety of different designers. It’s certainly a place where the nation, and the world, gets to see the work of our designers and the fashion industry,” Graddy said.

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article courtesy of NBCWashington.com

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