Obama Drives Season’s Trends

First Lady Michelle Obama has, arguably, stolen Hollywood’s spotlight, becoming the most-watched style icon, with blogs detailing her every outfit and mainstream fashion media analyzing her impact. Want proof of her status? In March, fashion bible Vogue opted for Obama over a celebrity or supermodel for their cover. 

Perhaps one of the biggest the reasons for Obama’s influence is the accessibility of her style. While she has been compared to Jackie O., Michelle O. opts for the likes of J. Crew over Valentino–making her choices for clothes and jewelry within reach of average women. As a result, the Washington Times reports that the First Lady is impacting buying and design decisions at retailers and manufacturers across the country–from color palettes to silhouettes. What does that mean for jewelry? According to the Times, her statement necklaces are becoming 2009’s must-have item.

Our analysis: while Obama (like any good First Lady) loves her pearls, she she sports everything from multiple pendants to long, layered looks, but her go-to choice–choker-length designs–are likely to have the most impact on how women wear necklaces this year.