Michelle Obama is one trendy first lady, and she put her sartorial savviness on display at a screening of the film Hidden Figures that she hosted at the White House on Thursday. For the occasion, the FLOTUS wore a black pantsuit, which is very on trend thanks in part to it being Hillary Clinton’s go-to look on the campaign trail this year. Obama, who often favors dresses and skirts, topped off the Brandon Maxwell ensemble with a pair of silver pumps.
The movie was followed by a panel with some of the film’s stars, including Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Costner. The cast came dressed to impress, as one does when they’re due to be in the presence of the extremely stylish first lady.
Monáe turned up in her customary black-and-white color palette, rocking a striped shirt and textured black bottoms with a matching striped trim. She wore her hair in two buns, with small metallic clips adding the singer’s trademark quirkiness to the look. Cat-eye glasses, dangly earrings, and a red pout were the perfect finishing touches for her outfit.
As for Henson, she wore a navy blue, short-sleeved dress with a cut-out neckline, wrapped up neatly with a sparkly bow. Spencer went with a navy blue blazer and a black dress with mesh detailing.
At the screening, Obama highlighted the lessons learned from the film and encouraged people to ignore naysayers and continue to strive, regardless of what may be in their way. “These women couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain or use the same bathroom as many of their colleagues … and folks didn’t always take these women seriously because they were black, and also because they were women,” she said. “They listened to their families and their friends who said, ‘You are worthy,’ and they told them, ‘Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are less-than.’ … And each of these women decided to believe in herself and step up when her country needed her. And more than anything else, that is the great American story that is told in this film. That’s why this film is so important.”