It's All About the Dress.

In less than a month, yet another inaugural dress will earn its place in the permanent display in the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection. The first frock a First Lady wears defines her style forever.

 

In the case of Michelle Obama, she has already been quite a fashion force.

 

CNN gushes of Michelle Obama: "Fashion spectators say her ability to make a strong statement on a budget sends an important message during tough economic times." Her campaign wardrobe filled of Target and J. Crew chic highlighted the ability to look fabulous even while frugal.

 

The Wall Street Journal reported "After years of unsuccessful attempts to satisfy middle-aged women -- a high-spending but difficult-to-please demographic -- the U.S. apparel industry is rejoicing that it has finally found its muse."

 

On the other end of the age-spectrum, Sasha and Malia's dresses are getting plenty of attention, too. Malia's election night dress was made by Oakland, CA company Biscotti, Inc. The shop not surprisingly received many calls from eager mothers in hopes of snagging a copy for their daughters.

 

As January approaches, the big fashion question on most Obama-watchers' minds is of course who will design her Inaguration Day look? Some bloggers are taking polls, such as at MomLogic. Some major designers have provided sketches of their proposed creations.

 

Whatever the highly anticipated final choice, it will be analyzed in depth and will continue the already abundant fashion chatter about Michelle Obama.