Style & Substance

First Family Fashion

While Obama pledged change, fashion experts are saying that Michelle Obama's dress symbolized it. "Since the Elizabethan Era, shades of yellow have symbolized renewal and hope," writes Anne Bratskeir in Newsday. Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo was chosen over bigger names to outfit the new first lady on the big day. Perhaps Michelle's pick of designer speaks to her husband's diplomatic goal of improving relations with Cuba. Malia and Sasha Obama, meanwhile, stayed warm in royal blue and pink coats, respectively, from J. Crew's children's line.