Instead of compiling a list of the best dressed boomers of the year—not that we're tired of seeing the fabulously attired Helen Mirren or fashion goddess Jane Fonda—we decided to seek out the individual outfits that made headlines, sent social media sites into overdrive and ignited much discussion and debate in 2016.

Yes, fashion does have the power to do that.

Sometimes, a dress, can be more than a mere outfit. The allure of the woman wearing it, circumstances swirling at the moment and other factors can collide to make it one for the history books or the more prized modern day equivalent—trending!

Herewith, we declare the following six fashion outfits—and the bold-faced names who wore them—the most influential and newsworthy style moments of 2016.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Surely this was a first for any first lady: chainmail. During her years hosting White House State Dinners, Michelle Obama was always the embodiment of glamour, grace and style. Her choice of dress for these events were always thoughtful and respectful to visiting dignitaries. But she also never failed to amaze, dazzle and surprise even the most jaded fashionista with her unexpected choices.

And for her last State Dinner at the White House this past October, for the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, Obama wore one of Italy's most iconic designer labels, Versace. And whilst she has most of these evening dresses made for her and she could have her pick of any luxury fabric, she went with a material the House of Versace is renowned for but typically only seen on rock stars and Hollywood sirens—chainmail. When she emerged that night in the shimmering champagne coloured custom chainmail gown—which fit her like a glove—this single outfit summed up the kind of woman she is: fiercely strong, independent and one that is not afraid to celebrate and embrace her femininity. Despite the fact she spent the last eight years next to the most powerful man on earth, she was not eclipsed by his power, but shone like a star.

A few weeks later, as America and the rest of the world learned the results of the presidential election, Michelle Obama, in her last White House State Dinner gown, unwittingly paved the way for the high octane glitz, glam and gold gilding, that is surely coming with the next first lady, former model Melania Trump.

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