I have a love/hate relationship with the First Lady’s clothing choices. Sometimes, I look at her outfits and think, “Yes, right on.” And other times, I look at them and think, “Why did you choose a shirt that makes you look like you’re wearing a bustle?”
Basically, when she hits, she hits like Muhammad Ali. When she misses, it’s like watching Andre Agassi whiff at a tennis ball.
This outfit was awesome. The coat, pure awesome. The belt was an unexpected and cool addition. And clearly America thought so, since it sold out on the J.CREW site before dinner time. And the gloves were a great way to add a burst of vibrant color to the look.
I found only two collarless flare coats that could even be called “similar.” This Robert Rodriguez and this Trina Turk. If it’s a sequin sash you’re after, this Brooks Brothers belt is close or you could try a stretch belt with a jeweled medallion. And as for the gloves, I had been thinking about buying purple leather gloves for awhile, and this sealed it for me. I picked these up from Nordstrom for $46.
But for all the awesomeness that her ceremony outfit packed…the luncheon outfit was another story…
Finding this photo was not easy (thanks, Mrs. O). It was like every member of the press was eager to forget the horrors that lie beneath the gorgeous coat, but I couldn’t get that cropped cardigan out of my head. And the seemingly gingham printed dress that went with it read Midwestern school marm to me. This look was a miss.
I just hope this doesn’t bring the cropped cardi back to the shelves. I can’t even think about that possibility without getting the chills. Luckily, this was not the last we saw of the First Lady…
I always felt that Mrs. Obama’s first inaugural gown didn’t flatter her figure. To me, it shortened and thickened the torso a bit too much, so despite the gorgeous fabric and embellishments, and I never loved it.
This one? This one, I love. The neckline frames her shoulders, the waist makes her look lean and tall, and the color is lovely on her. At one point, I flipped over to CNN to see the dress, and as the First Couple was dancing, I just kept thinking, “Could the leader of the free world get the heck out of the way so I can see Mrs. Obama in all her Deja Wu glory? Thanks.” So clearly, I really like this gown.
So what did you ladies think of Mrs. Obama’s choices?
All images from Getty via the HuffPost.