Michelle Obama in a White Jason Wu Gown at the Inaugural Ball

First Lady Style: Michelle Obama in Jason Wu

She could have chosen any American great: Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors . . . the list goes on. But she chose a newcomer, Taiwan-born Jason Wu. It's safe to say the 26-year-old designer just got a major career boost. The white, one-shouldered flower applique dress is very, very pretty. And what a breath of fresh air it is. Some are saying it's bridal-esque, others are saying that, on the flip side, it's sexy. I say it's both, and neither in a bad way. And let's not forget: Obama's black and white tux is immaculate — has he ever looked more handsome?
The gown is frothy, totally feminine. But is it first lady apropo? I think we've learned by now that Michelle makes up her own style rules. Over the next four years, she'll be breaking any first lady preconceived notions. Isn't that what change is all about? Michelle is destined to be the belle of every inaugural ball tonight.

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