Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama
Royal Style

Princess Diana set a fashionable tone during her 1980s reign; now the late royal's daughter-in-law Kate Middleton carries the torch. Officially known as the Duchess of Cambridge now that she and Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge) are married, her dignified outfits run to the proper but still manage to incorporate trends. Thank goodness we can "copy-Kate" her suede boots and Burberry plaids, no matter what side of the pond we're on.

First lady Michelle Obama's fashionable sensibilities are as much everywoman as American royal. She makes our top 10 not only for mixing off-the-rack outfits with those of designer darlings but for the way she pulls the two extremes together.

Mrs. Obama may wear a $148 dress from White House Black Market for one appearance and a one-of-a-kind Maria Pinto dress for the next. We especially like that she's (more often than not) touting American designers who are definitely worth a second look. Her penchant for high-low dressing is inspiration for the rest of us; after all, who doesn't want to dress to the nines without creating a personal budget deficit?

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