One of the things that’s always talked about as much as the jokes delivered at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner is what the First Lady is wearing. For the past eight years we’ve been lucky enough to watch a strikingly regal African American woman be on the receiving end of that attention, and year after year Michelle Obama’s steps her style game up even more than the dinner prior. Given that Saturday’s event marked the last time we’ll see President Barack Obama and the FLOTUS as the guests of honor at the White House Correspondents Dinner, we thought it was time to take a stroll through Mrs. Obama’s looks over the years and how her slayage got better and better with time.
Simple and chic was the name of the game in 2009 when Lady O wore a fuchsia Michael Kors shift dress to her very first Correspondents Dinner.
In 2010, Michelle Obama wore a floor-length gown made by Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung in a sexy candy apple red that complimented her skin beautifully.
For her third dinner, Michelle Obama went for a more muted look with this silk chocolate Halston dress.
And then came the pizzazz again with a multi-colored strapless gown by Naeem Khan in 2012.
This photo doesn’t quite do the semi-sheer black Monique Lhuillier gown FLOTUS wore in 2013 justice, but we think you get the point. It was stunning.
And then, like a goddess, Michelle Obama appeared in this flowy grey tool number made by Marchesa in 2014 and the Internet couldn’t stop talking about her.
Zac Posen got to put his stamp on the First Lady in 2015 when she wore this silver metallic dress, baring those arms we’ve come to love her for.
And, of course, this year Michelle Obama did not disappoint with a champagne-colored Givenchy Haute Couture gown with a sheer beaded overlay that topped anything she’d ever wore before.