Michelle Obama’s Target Dress By Merona Is Officially The FLOTUS’ Go-To Travel Threads [PHOTOS]

 @nadinedeninnon.deninno@ibtimes.com on January 08 2013 3:31 PM
  • Michelle Obama's Travel Threads
    Michelle Obama has already proved that she has no qualms about recycling fashions despite being a First Lady with an impressive fashion cachet. So, it comes as no surprise that she has donned, yet again, another repeat dress: her go-to Target Merona frock. Here she is pictured on January 5, 2013 departing Hickam Field in Hawaii after the Obama family vacation. Reuters
  • Michelle Obama's Travel Threads
    Michelle Obama has already proved that she has no qualms about recycling fashions despite being a First Lady with an impressive fashion cachet. So, it comes as no surprise that she has donned, yet again, another repeat dress: her go-to Target Merona frock. Here she is pictured on December 22, 2012 arriving at Hickam Field in Hawaii for the Obama family vacation. Reuters
  • Michelle Obama's Travel Threads
    Michelle Obama has already proved that she has no qualms about recycling fashions despite being a First Lady with an impressive fashion cachet. So, it comes as no surprise that she has donned, yet again, another repeat dress: her go-to Target Merona frock. Here she is pictured on August 15, 2009 arriving in Phoenix. Reuters
  • Michelle Obama's Travel Threads
    Michelle Obama has already proved that she has no qualms about recycling fashions despite being a First Lady with an impressive fashion cachet. So, it comes as no surprise that she has donned, yet again, another repeat dress: her go-to Target Merona frock. Here she is pictured on July 21, 2011 during a visit to the Naval Air Station Oceana Summer Camp in Virginia Beach, Va. Reuters
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Michelle Obama has already proved that she has no qualms about recycling fashions despite being the First Lady, so it comes as no surprise that she has donned, yet again, another repeat dress. 

But this time, the FLOTUS, who has built up quite an impressive fashion cachet over the past five years, wore her go-to travel threads -- a dress from Target's Merona brand -- twice on the same trip. And that’s after wearing the super-inexpensive dress at least two other times before!

Talk about déjà vu!

Obama first wore the pink and black herringbone arrow-print dress on Dec. 22 while she and her family boarded Air Force One en route to Honolulu, Hawaii for vacation. She was also seen wearing the same exact dress on Jan. 5 as the plane landed in Washington, D.C. two weeks later the same trip.

But before giving her a fashion violation, the FLOTUS does tend to repeat clothing from all price points often. Most recently, she recycled a red Michael Kors dress for election night after wearing it twice before, as well as the purple Thom Browne frock for September 2012 Democratic National Convention and the final presidential debate.

Thankfully, the dress provides much room for variety; The First Lady wore it belted for her departure and then with a short-sleeved black cardigan for her return on the Obama Hawaii vacation. Before that, Yahoo reported, Obama wore the familiar dress with a studded Sacai belt for an August 2009 trip to Arizona as well as in July 2011 for a “Joining Forces” initiative in Virginia Beach with the same belt.

It appears the dress has officially (well, according to fashionistas) become her go-to travel dress for comfort. But sadly for fashionistas on a frenzy for the wide herringbone print dress, the dress is long gone from Target since it likely was for sale well before 2009 when she first wore it.

This, of course, is not the first time Michelle Obama has made headlines for her sartorial choices or for shopping at Target. The FLOTUS often wears thrifty clothing from brands like Gap, H&M and most famously J. Crew, like her head-to-toe ensemble on "The Tonight Show" in 2008.

"Actually, this is a J. Crew ensemble. You can get some good stuff online," Obama said during her first appearance as First Lady. Almost immediately afterward, the retailer’s website crashed and J. Crew shares spiked in sales.

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