Michelle Obama's best 'Becoming' tour fashion: from Balenciaga boots to power suits

Michelle Obama is currently in the middle of her worldwide tour following the release of her memoir, Becoming.

The bestselling book (two million and counting) has seen Obama attend book signings, surprising schools and taking part in intimate conversations in major cities around the US and Europe with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Not only is the tour giving us a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes life of the First Lady, including couples therapy, fertility struggles and what it meant to be the first African-American family in the White House, but also another look at Obama's killer sartorial skills.

In Becoming Obama touches on how she used fashion to feel empowered in a role she hadn't chosen for herself, painfully aware that the world was watching, probably more carefully than at previous first ladies. "I was humbled and excited to be first lady, but not for one second did I think I’d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words 'first' and 'black' attached to them ever would," she wrote. "As a black woman, too, I knew I’d be criticized if I was perceived as being showy and high end, and I’d be criticized also if I was too casual."

Obama credits her stylist Meredith Koop for helping her navigating those very specific fashion challenges and judging by her book tour ensembles, Obama and Koop have still got the magic touch.

Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker at Barclays Center (Getty Images)

Most recently, to discuss her new book with style icon Sarah Jessica Parker, Obama pulled out all the stops donning a striking yellow satin maxi dress. The bright number, however, was not the sole focus of people's attention.

Underneath the already-statement gown was a pair of dazzling sequined thigh high boots by Balenciaga. The £2,935 boots being the most extra item we've ever seen the former First Lady wear - and she owned it.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama speaks with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Royal Festival Hall in London (AFP/Getty Images)

During her London pitstop at the Southbank Centre earlier this month, Obama opted for a more understated ensemble and stunned in a classic white jumpsuit.

Although Obama is no longer obligated to pay sartorial homage to the countries she's visiting, she chose to wear a British designer, Emilia Wickstead, for the sold-out occasion. The elegant jumpsuit featured dramatic wide leg trousers and flattering waist belt from the label's Resort 2019 collection.


Michelle has stuck to clean lines and minimal silhouettes throughout the tour with her most popular item being a power suit.

Most notably, a striking red two-piece in Philadelphia and a chic pinstripe suit in New York by Safiyaa, one of Meghan Markle's favourite brands.

Michelle Obama wearing a Safiyaa pinstripe suit at New York book signing (DIGGZY / SplashNews.com)

Obama also hasn't been afraid of showing off a little bit of bling.

Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in Chicago (AFP/Getty Images)

In Washington her slick black Christopher Kane suit was adorned with crystals. Meanwhile, for an appearance in her hometown of Chicago Obama dazzled in a sequin top.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Michelle Obama's best book tour looks.

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