Hurricane Shelley is still barrelling through Europe and we've got the goods and the opinions to go with them.
The first ladies Michelle Obama (in a Thakoon coat and Thakoon floral silk jacquard dress) and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (in a Dior suede coat) at the NATO Summit Arrival Ceremony at the Palais Rohan.
She looks SPECTACULAR. Shelley honey, until you hire us as your Secretaries of Taste, we'll give you this advice for free: ONLY wear tailored looks at ALL times. It's not just that it's the most flattering style for you because it goes beyond merely being flattering. It's the one style that makes you look incredible. Now throw out those horrible Mamie Eisenhower dresses and stick to the Jackie Kennedy look, mkay?
Case in point:
First Lady Michelle Obama (in a Jason Wu dress and a Junya Watanabe cardigan) and Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown (in some horrible, ill-fitted, cheap-looking, off-the-rack, office manager's drag) visit the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London, England.
We'll get to the cardigan in a minute, but seriously, girl. Those full skirts don't look good on you at all. Ditch them. And can we say, we become less impressed with Jason Wu with each dress of his she rolls out? They all look like old Simplicity patterns.
Before we proceed, let us just say this: We are THRILLED to have a First Lady who's got some style to her. It's been decades since we had one. Nancy Reagan was arguably the last stylish First Lady, but her looks have all become so dated. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to Jackie herself. It's BECAUSE she's stylish that we feature her so much and it's because she's clearly learning as she goes and making mistakes along the way that she's so much fun to write about.
Having said all THAT...one thing she really needs to work on is how to pair up pieces. Her matching skills are mostly awful. She has a tendency to pair pieces that are different shades of the same color. Now, there's nothing wrong with a little tone-on-tone when it's done correctly, but she rarely does it correctly. A light blue cardigan over a teal blue dress over greenish-blue shoes is eyesore inducing. Honey, pick a color on the opposite side of the wheel every once in a while! Everything doesn't have to match! Have Stacey and Clinton taught you NOTHING?
Believe it or not, we think the cardigan has the potential to be quite chic. We just don't think it's meant to be worn with a dress like that and to be perfectly honest, it's a little too "edgy" for a First Lady to pull off. We could see this cardigan with a pair of skinny jeans or a tight little pencil skirt, but the whole "deliberately askew" thing doesn't work for her. Still, we give her credit for trying something a little different, especially since we suspect this was a bit of tweak to all those bitches like us who criticize her ever-present cardigans.
[Photos: Getty Images/Dailylife.com]
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