Michelle Obama may be lauded for her fashion sense, but that doesn’t mean she never repeats an outfit once in a while.

The First Lady stepped out yet again in her beloved Tracy Feith wisteria print dress yesterday in Fairfax, Virginia, where she visited Decatur House, an old slave quarters.

It is the seventh time she has been spotted wearing the knee-length frock, which she first debuted in January 2009 at the launch of her Let’s Move Childcare campaign.

First lady Michelle Obama

Never gets old: Michelle Obama wore her beloved Tracy Feith dress on a trip to a historic slave quarters on Wednesday, where schoolchildren from performed part of a Civil War play for her


Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

Repeat performance: This marks the seventh time Mrs Obama has worn the floral dress in public

This time, she wore the flattering dress with a pair of black patent leather slingback shoes.

In honor of her visit to the historic building, school children from nearby Virginia towns dressed in costumes and re-enacted Civil War events.

Although the First Lady often recycles much of her wardrobe, this dress has certainly proved to be one of her favorites.

She later demonstrated the dress’s versatility when she changed her earrings and shoes for a meeting with Denmark’s Queen Margrethe in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House.

As Mr Feith is now working as a designer for Toms shoes, perhaps the First Lady is clinging onto her final piece of the New York designer’s clothing work.

We’ve seen her wear the dress plenty of times in the intervening years too. In addition to the Presidential prayer service at the National Cathedral in Washington in January 2009, she wore it when she spoke to employees of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on May 5 of that year too.

We then saw the same frock again on September 24, 2010, when she met with fellow first ladies and students to tour a herb garden in Pocantico Hills, New York.

Bilingual Child Care Center in Washington in June 2011

Michelle Obama has coffee with Denmark's Queen Margrethe (L) in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House in Washington June 8

Versatile: Later that day the U.S. First Lady wore the same frock with different earrings and shoes for a meeting with Denmark’s Queen Margrethe in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House

It is little surprise Mrs Obama loves the Feith dress so much. Its high neckline, sleeves and below-the-knee hem are demure enough for any kind of public occasion, while the fitted waistband makes a feature of the slimmest part of her body.

And while the floral print, made for Feith by Hawaii-based company Kona Bay, is bold, the colors are muted, meaning that she can (just about) get away with wearing it time after time without looking like she only owns one piece of clothing.

It is not the only Tracy Feith dress the President’s wife wears regularly either. Another ruffled, lace-trimmed creation by the designer has reappeared three times in the past year and a half.

The brightly-colored dress, which she last wore on June 24, 2010, is a staple of the First Lady’s summer wardrobe, and its sleeveless top makes a feature of those toned arms she has become so famous for.

She wore it for the first time in March 2009, and again just three months later in Paris for a tour of the Pompidou Centre.

Mr Feith’s partner, Susan Winget, told the Mrs O fashion blog that the design was known as ‘the Lei dress’.

She said: ‘The bodice is hand dyed cotton and silk, and trimmed in strips of metallic shot, tea dyed chiffon and cotton batik. The skirt is heavy linen. The peach lace trim at the hem is hand beaded with tiny beads and sequins.’


The Tracy Feith label could do with Mrs Obama’s endorsement. It once had six boutiques across the U.S. but due to financial woes in 2010, it now has none.

Mr Feith has, however, recently designed a collection for New York boutique Warm, in the city’s Soho area.