The 6 Basics Michelle Obama Has Relied on This Year

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying seeing Michelle Obama’s real style come to light post–White House. Now able to dress outside of the confines of a politics, Obama has been showing off more creative outfits in recent years. Of course, there was her barnstorming fashion tour—er, I mean, book tour—of 2019, which made many a headline. But in 2020, we’ve been able to witness Obama’s more laidback style. 

Hard at work on her podcast in recent months, Obama has embraced the casualness that an audio-only medium affords. Translation: She’s been wearing lots of comfortable pieces, including flowy cardigans, loose-fitting shirts, and more. That said, she is still doing Zoom interviews for television, so she’s been pulling out subtly statement-making items for those appearances. Scroll down to shop the basics Michelle Obama has relied on this year. 

I promise you’ll get a ton of use out of this classic style. 

Yep, I’d also style it with jeans and block-heel sandals right now. 

Bring this top into fall and winter with the addition of wide-leg trousers. 

I love this cheery yellow hue. 

Mad for plaid. 

I’ll be buying this in a size larger than normal for a laidback look. 

Plaid will always be cool for fall. 

This combines two basics Michelle wears: plaid shirts and short-sleeve button-downs. 

This lightweight cardidan is perfect for end-of-summer weather. 

I love how it’s styled with all-white pieces here. 

A black cardigan will be one of your hardest-working basics. 

Yet again, H&M comes through with the ultimate wallet-friendly option. 

This looks so cozy. 

On Michelle Obama: Nanushka top; By Chari Vote Necklace ($295)

This is the type of necklace you’ll never have to take off. 

Proof that dainty jewelry can be big on style. 

You had me at “girls’ night out.” 

Chain necklaces are a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. 

Pretty in pink. 

I’ve never been unhappy with an Everlane purchase. 

Alert: This is a 100% cashmere sweater on major sale. You know what to do. 

Pastels are always a good idea. 

Hurry: This great sale price won’t last forever. 

It doesn’t get any more timeless than a black blazer.

“Boss Blazer” is right there in the name.

I love dressing up a graphic tee and jeans with a sleek, polished blazer.

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