The Evolution of First Lady Fashion From 1789 to Today

A history lesson you don't want to skip.

The Evolution of First Lady Fashion
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Fashion is a powerful tool, especially for someone in the public eye as much as the first lady. For decades, these women have used garments like lace dresses (opens in new tab), low-cut tops, or the famous pantsuit (hi, Hillary (opens in new tab)!) to communicate with the American people. When successful, a first lady can use her clothing to her advantage to relay a message, other times not so much. (opens in new tab) Take a trip down memory lane with 40 leading ladies and the fashion that made a statement during their time in the White House

Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. She likes lounging about with a good book and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.