Aside from providing a character witness for her predecessor in the White House, Obama once again showed her own status as a style-setter. Wearing a blue cap-sleeved dress by Christian Siriano, FLOTUS addressed the crowd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the City of Brotherly Love. Testimony to the evening’s “United Together” theme, Obama spoke before Clinton’s former opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Although speaking on behalf of the former Secretary of State was a switch for the First Lady, dressing for the megamedia occasion was not. At the 2012 DNC, Obama went with a customized sleeveless Tracy Reese dress and at the 2008 DNC, she wore a red and black Narciso Rodriguez dress. When she wore a sleeveless marigold wool crepe dress from the designer for her husband’s State of the Union address in January, the $625 piece was a sellout online.
Throughout her husband’s two terms, Obama has supported a bevy of American designers and brands. Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, Naaem Khan, Thom Browne, J. Crew, Prabal Gurung, Sophie Theallet and Talbots are among the myriad of labels she has donned.
FLOTUS’ appearance was a welcome site for many delegates, who had first descended on the convention floor more than six hours earlier. But with Clinton not scheduled to accept the official nomination from the democratic party until Thursday night, Obama certainly did what she could to drum up the enthusiasm with the blue-loving supporters. Clinton supporters can still find some signature merchandise on the candidate’s official campaign site including a $35 “H Is for Hat” baseball cap, a $30 “I’m With Her” T-shirt and a $30 “everyday pantsuit” T-shirt that is meant to be wink at Clinton’s unwavering fashion choice. However, Clinton’s own choice for this week’s acceptance space is still a question mark.