As Michelle Obama prepares to lead Team USA to the London Olympics, just what will she be sporting
23:23 GMT, 24 July 2012
Michelle Obama will be leading a Ralph Lauren-clad Team USA to the Olympic Games in London this week.
And while the First Lady may be using the trip to spread her Let's Move health and fitness message, for the style set, it only serves as a new opportunity to cast an eye over the latest additions to her wardrobe.
Given that she – and possibly daughters Malia and Sasha – will be attending events as varied as a Buckingham Palace reception and a Let's Move workout-led event, her schedule will call for both formal and informal attire.
Flying the flag for American fashion: Michelle Obama pulled out all the stops in Tom Ford for a Buckingham Palace banquet on her last visit to the UK in May 2011. Mr Ford is American, but his label is based in London
Travelling in style: Mrs Obama in London in May 2011 in a dress by London label Roksanda Ilincic and coat by U.S.-based Narciso Rodriguez (left); in a Barbara Tfank dress (centre) and in London in 2009 in J Crew (right)
But this being the First Lady, every outfit will be meticulously thought out, making a political, as well as style, statement.
On past visits, she has come face-to-face with the Duchess of Cambridge in Barbara Tfank and attended a State Dinner in Tom Ford.
Tribute: Mrs Obama wears British labels on her UK visits too. She wore Preen when she and the President touched down at Stanstead last May (l), and an Alexander McQueen belt to speak in Oxford two days later (r)
Co-ordinating During the Camerons' visit to the U.S. in March this year, the UK and U.S. First Ladies chose similar colour palettes – dove greys for day (left) and inky blues for a White House State Dinner that night (right)
And flying the flag for the more accessible
end of American fashion, she wore head-to-toe J Crew to meet the then
British Prime Minister's wife, Sarah Brown, in 2009.
A GLIMPSE AT MICHELLE OBAMA'S LONDON ITINERARY
Thursday July 26
Arrival in London
Friday July 27
Let's Move! event for about 1,000 American military children and
American and British students, along with cast of former Olympians.Buckingham Palace reception hosted
by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and attended by the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
London 2012 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Saturday July 28
Meeting with Samantha Cameron
Additional Olympic events (tba)
She knows how to pay tribute to her host
nation too, though. Mrs Obama wore a royal blue Preen number when she
and the President touched down at Stanstead Airport in May last year,
and an Alexander McQueen belt to speak at the University of Oxford
several days later.
It will be particularly interesting to
see what the U.S. First Lady chooses to wear for her meeting with her
very chic British counterpart, Samantha Cameron.
During the Camerons' visit to the U.S. in March, the two women appeared to have been co-ordinating, in inky blues for a White House State Dinner, and dove greys earlier that day.
For the former, Mrs Obama pulled out all the stops in British-owned, U.S.-based formalwear label Marchesa, while Mrs Cameron went for a dress by little-known designer Alessandra Rich.
Given the sporting focus of the trip, it is likely that we may see the famously fit mother-of-two don her workout wear.
In the past we have seen her wear $500 Lanvin trainers, though for more serious cardio, she wears Puma and Adidas footwear.
While it is difficult to establish a label for the rest of her kit, colourful, sweat-wicking tees and flattering black pants appear to be the order of the day.
Of course, she may up the ante given that Team USA will be sporting a dapper Ralph Lauren kit. It remains to be seen whether the designer has been charged with creating something special for the First Lady's London visit too.