First Lady Style: Easter Weekend at the White House

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Every year, hundreds of children gather on the South Lawn of the White House for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The event is a time to celebrate spring while drawing families from all walks of life.

Since 1878, American Presidents and First Ladies have gathered to celebrate Easter Monday on the White House lawn. First Lady Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford Hayes, was the first to invite guests to the White House. Lucy was known for being very politically savvy and used the Easter Egg Roll as an opportunity to invite high-profile guests and their children for political power. Traditionally, Presidents did not attend the roll until President Grover Cleveland and his wife, Frances Folsom attended in 1885. From that point on, the President and his First Lady became the center of the celebration.

First Lady fashion at the Easter Egg Roll was traditional of the times. In the 1800's, most First Ladies remained covered from head to toe in traditional long dresses with layers of fabric underneath. During the early 1900's, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was considered a more approachable First Lady but her style was very conservative. It wasn't until the mid 1900's that First Lady's began showing off their arms and wearing more casual clothing at public appearances.

Our most recent First Ladies have set the precedent for fashion at the Easter Egg Roll. Nancy Reagan always donned a chic dress, while Hillary Clinton wore her traditional colorful pantsuit. Michelle Obama has taken a more casual approach to Easter fashion wearing sheath dresses by Tracy Reese to a pair of white cropped pants and flats.

Click through the gallery above to take a look back at iconic (and fashionable) moments from the White House Easter Egg Roll and Easter Sunday.
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