Frequent blog readers are well aware that I don’t consider Michelle Obama a Jackie Kennedy-esque fashion icon. This is not to say that she isn’t usually well-dressed. The First Lady has worn some outfits that I really liked, but I don’t think that it is particularly difficult to look amazing when you have a stylist, a wardrobe budget and some of the nation’s top designers falling over themselves to dress you.
My prejudice is not so much against the First Lady or her wardrobe. Instead my objection lies in the notion that D.C. was a black and white world of sneakers and power suits until Mrs. Obama arrived to give life to our little corner of the map and make is glistening Cinderellas. Having lived here for a number of years, I can honestly say that the District was on a steady style upswing long before 2008. So while the First Lady has style and usually dresses well, I don’t think the characterization of fashion savior is accurate.
Now that we’ve gotten that clarification out of the way, let’s talk about her most recent wardrobe choice. Because, frankly, I’m on the fence about it.
In this photo, Mrs. Obama is wearing a paisley (?) printed silk blouse underneath a basic navy cardigan and navy twill pants. The outfit is the kind of business casual attire that more women should try to incorporate into their wardrobes. It’s tonal, simple and yet, pulled together.
When I initially saw this photo, I liked the outfit. I wasn’t desperately in love with it (or the lace up cardigan–seriously, what is that?), but I embraced the concept and thought she looked nice.
This second photo was taken a few weeks before the previous pic. It shows the First Lady wearing the same outfit in reverse. As you can see it is the same blouse and sweater, but the laces are worn in the back.
To be honest, I prefer the sweater this way. And it’s certainly an interesting way to rethink an outfit, just like Amanda Seyfried did this summer on the red carpet. But I’m wondering if this look will have women everywhere reversing their sweaters, blouses and dresses.
What are your thoughts? Are you suddenly overcome by the desire to flip it and reverse it?