During her trip to South Africa in 2011, Michelle Obama kept her traditional clothing cuts as First Lady—attending meetings in knee-length dresses paired with a bolero, wide-legged trousers and structured jackets—but she also spiced them up with fun tribal patterns and bright colors. When she arrived in Pretoria, the First Lady stepped off the plane wearing a jacket by Nigerian designer Duro Olowu, and she also wore a top by the designer while showing off her push-up skills with, a then 79-year-old, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (does it get any cooler than that?).

Olowu’s structured pieces are the perfect fit for Mrs. Obama’s long, lean physique, however, on her second trip to the continent we’re hoping the First Lady will add a few more African designers to her wardrobe. With a packed schedule of meetings, appearances and historical site visits, it may be difficult for her to swing by shops in Cape Town or visit a boutique in Dar es Saalam, but if we could style Michelle Obama in looks from Africa’s hottest fashion houses, here are a few designers we would choose:

Adama Paris, Senegal, top african designers
The first stop on the Obamas’ trip was Dakar, Senegal. Though she headed into the country’s capital city just a few days after the closing of Dakar Fashion Week (DFW), it was still a great opportunity to grab designs shown on the runway. DFW’s organizer, Adama Ndaiye, is well known in Africa’s fashion scene. Though the cut of pieces in her latest collection may be a stretch from Michelle Obama’s safety zone, this may be a risky wardrobe touch to compliment the First Lady’s recently cut bangs.

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fashion designer Christie Brown, Ghana, top african designers
Like many designers based in Africa, Ghanaian-born Aisha Obuobi is creating stand out pieces without using the traditional wax materials popularly associated with fashion from the continent. Her most recent collections include tie-dye patterns and cotton materials, quality additions to the First Lady’s colorful wardrobe.

Photo Credit: Christie Brown

fashion designer Thula Sindi, South Africa, top african designers
Michelle Obama may be a “Thula Sindi woman.” Sindi, who was recently named South Africa Tourism’s Designer of the Year, is a favorite of Africa’s most famous wives, including Dr. Precious Moloi, wife of mining mogul Patrice Motsepe. He describes the ideal consumer of his elegant yet edgy brand as a “sleek, mobile and ambitious” woman who, among other things, “makes her own fashion choices” and “wants clothes that translates internationally while still looking personalized.”

Photo Credit: Thula Sindi

fashion designer Maki Oh, Nigeria, top african designers
She’s young, but designer Amaka Osakwe has gotten quite the handle on achieving a balance between playful and classic chic. The 26-year-old, who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria, is viewed as a rising young star in Africa’s intimate fashion circle, and her designs have been seen on runways in New York and South Africa. Her Spring/summer collection includes knee-length dresses and pencil skirts made with customized silk and satin fabrics also designed by Osakwe. One of her knee-length wrap skirts may be a great addition to the First Lady’s closet.

Photo Credit: Maki Oh

fashion designer Gavin Rajah, South Africa, top african designers
South Africa’s Gavin Rajah is a veteran designer whose gowns have been tailored to fit some of the world’s most recognizable women. Rajah, who is based in Cape Town, has dressed a number of celebrities, including Beyoncé and Celine Dion. Whether the First Lady is out to dinner with dignitaries or a fundraising event, it will be nice to see Mrs. Obama make an entrance in a dress from Rajah.

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fashion designer Jewel by Lisa, Nigeria, top african designers
Thankfully, Michelle Obama is not afraid to mix and match prints, and neither is Nigerian designer, Lisa Folawiyo. As the creative director and founder of luxury brand, Jewel by Lisa, Folawiyo has dressed Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji and U.S.Television Personality LaLa Vazquez.

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fashon designer Taibo Bacar, Mozambique, top african designers
Taibo Bacar has fast become one of Africa’s designers to watch. The Mozambican designer’s clothing is an aesthetically pleasing mix of rich fabrics, loud prints and colors that make it easy to add to any woman’s everyday ensemble. The First Lady, in particular, is a fan of well-fitted pencil skirt. She may really enjoy combining Bacar’s skirts with some of her favorite labels.

Photo Credit: Taibo Bacar

fashion designer Mimi Plange, Ghana, top african designers
During a 2012 U.S. talk show appearance, the First Lady wore an A-line skirt from Ghanaian-born designer Mimi Plange. Planges S/S 2013 collection is a combination of soft color tones and intricately detailed, structured skirts and dresses. Mrs. Obama has not worn the designer’s pieces since that interview, and we’re hoping she’ll consider wearing Mimi Plange again.

Photo Credit: Mimi Plange

fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo, South Africa, top african designers
Sindiso Khumalo is another rising star. The South-African womenswear designer creates with a special attention to textile designs. The playful patterns of her skirts and tops are an easy fit for the First Lady’s vibrant, day-to-day style.

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fashion designer Pooja Jeshang, Tanzania, top african designers
Pooja Jeshang’s designs are eye-catching, but perhaps a bit too colorful for the First Lady. Accessories, like a beaded or embroidered clutch made by the Tanzanian designer, might add a nice, bright touch to Mrs. Obama’s everyday ensembles.

Photo Credit: Pooja Jeshang, Facebook