Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and The Power of Style by Kate Betts

Considering that everyone’s attention is turned to the 2016 Presidential Election, I thought it would be fun to take a step back and read something else for different perspective. 

I went to the library with the sole intention of finding Betts’ latest novel, My Paris Dream, but as I walked past the shelves, I spotted the bright pink binding and The First Lady’s dress on the cover.

I have always admired The First Lady, but Betts’ thoughtful examination of Michelle’s history and character in context to her immaculate, yet approachable presentation left a lasting impression.

It’s one thing to simply highlight Michelle’s self-accomplished past as a graduate from Princeton and Harvard and former career as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center—but to explore the way in which The First Lady’s intellect, sincerity, poise and strength presents itself in her choice of designers and brands and article of clothing is beyond fascinating.

What I love the most about this book is how Betts reiterates the general discussion of style, its significance and the role plays in everyday life. Style is an extension of the self—it has the power to communicate so much about a person, professionally and personally.

Rachel Zoe was absolutely right—”style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

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