Jackie Kennedy (Photo courtesy of MadebyLetty.com)

By SAHAR DIKA, Arts & Entertainment Editor

From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, the First Ladies of this country have always found a way to incorporate fashion into the oh so serious world of politics. Trend-setting first ladies have always influenced women across America and some of them will be remembered as fashion icons forever.

Until Michelle Obama broke through the fashion walls as of recently by strutting around in affordable pieces, Jackie Kennedy was probably one of the most innovative first ladies when it comes to bringing fashion into the White House. Although her love of high fashion was not as easy for everyday American women to emulate, her simplistic and classy way of putting together her wardrobe was.

Oleg Cassini was her primary designer, but the ever-changing fashion of Jackie Kennedy included designers Hermes, Dior, Givenchy and so many more. Sadly, the most memorable outfit that Jackie Kennedy wore was the pink Chanel suit and matching hat on the day that her husband was assassinated. It will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic pieces of clothing in American History.

Grace Coolidge printed by Howard Chandler Christy (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Grace Coolidge wasn’t too shabby with her flashy legs and arms in the 1920’s. She was known for her fancy flapper dresses and wasn’t afraid to show some skin at a time when women won the right to vote and joined the workforce. Fashion and politics seem to mix well although most people don’t think so. The right outfits can symbolize change and empowerment in this country, which brings me to the ever-stunning Michelle Obama.

Mo, as I like to call her, has been one of the most relatable fashion icons in the history of First Ladies. She has been known for her bold colors and affordable fashion sense. Michelle Obama has rocked everything from H&M to Jason Wu and has especially been known for her love of J. Crew.

Michelle Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Photo courtesy of visual-therapy.com)

At a time when the economy isn’t exactly what we would deem as doing well, Mo finds a special way of letting American women know that they can be fashionable and save money at the same time. Her wardrobe screams affordable, classy and eloquent while she still has those stunning pieces that often remind us she also has a special place in her heart for high fashion.

Michelle Obama was applauded for her infamous 2012 Democratic National Convention outfit this year. Her Tracy Reese pink and grey custom printed frock and pink J. Crew pumps wowed the crowd as she approached the podium to speak. The best part of her wardrobe, her well-toned long arms definitely did not go unnoticed either.

Although we have yet to elect a woman as President in this country, the women that stand side by side the president as First Lady have found a way to make their mark in the U.S. both politically and fashionably. I can’t wait to see how Michelle Obama breaks fashion barriers and creates new trends in her next four years as First Lady.