10 Fashion Icons for Real Women


Michelle Obama

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?