Mamie Eisenhower’s Inaugural Gown, 1953

In honor of elections drawing near, we thought a little retrospective of political gowns would be appropriate. NPR thoughtfully culled together a picture selection of what the First Ladies have worn through the past and some of it is surprising. Beyond the obvious stunning selection of Jackie O, who knew that Betty Ford had such great taste? Or that Barbara Bush wore an 80’s prom dress to dance her first night as FLOTUS away?

And a big shout out to Michelle for being such a stylish lady. This makes us appreciate your J. Crew chic even more.