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Michelle Obama: Curves Ahead

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First lady Michelle Obama attends the annual White House Correspondents' Association gala dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC. in Michael Kors.



Fitted looks and rich colors, Shelley. Didn't we tell you that you should stick to that? Look how good you look, girl!




Now we know why she so often looks bad in belts. Check out that side view. Before we say anything else, there is nothing "wrong" with her body. Nothing that needs to be hidden or camouflaged. She has a natural curve to her torso and that's fine, but we suspect she wears those belts so often because someone told her that was the best way to deal with it. That and all the layering she does actually tends to make her curves look worse. These sleek and tailored looks do nothing to hide them and that's why they look so good on her. Embrace your curves, ladies. As long as the dress fits well, flatters you, and makes you comfortable, that's all you need.

Oh, and P.S.: Hate the jewelry. Looks a little Barbie.

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126 comments:

I think the jewelry works here. Love it!

It looks like my gal got some new gays, because she looks FANTASTIC!


While I enjoyed her outfit, I more enjoyed Wanda Sykes clear crush on our first lady, right up to the 'not straight girl hug' at the end...

oh, Wanda, we know what you were thinking when you referred to Michelle's strong arms.


That woman has a kickin' body! Yowza!
Love the dress, especially the color - it looks so vibrant and youthful in a not depserate way on her.
Not too sure about that necklace. Normally I love a show piece but that might be a little too much.
Overall, Shelley is one hot First Lady!


I thought the necklace was too large and obscured the flattering neckline of the gown.

Points for being adventurous, though.


Love the dress, love the color, the cut, the jewelry, the makeup, the smile, the body, all of it works for me. Also: I love Michelle and her husband! Don't ever quit smoking, Barack: without that one flaw, you'd be too perfect to love. -victoria


She looks fantastic. =) I think I like the necklace - it looks fun...and I love that she wore understated earrings to complement the necklace. =)


Ah, Michelle and I have the same behind (I'm as white as they come, but have been told I was born with a black woman's behind - and I love it!) and those fitted dresses always flatter, embracing and showcasing curves. But, I'll admit, she and I have the same fatal flaw of usually loving full skirts!

Not sure about the necklace (I'd have stuck with classic pearls if anything) but the dress looks fantastic on her with a wonderful youthful color and vibe that is 100% appropriate.


She looks great. I hate the necklace.


I was always under the impression that the curves of a woman's body were here silhouette while facing straight on, not any profile protrusions. I get that you're trying to be nice, but what you're basically saying is that she has a tummy. That's fine, most women do, but that's no excuse for this dress not to fit her. Go up a size and have whatever necessary taken in. Not hard to do at all with a simple sheath dress like this. Other than the dress being a little tight, she looks great. Love the necklace.

PS It is the the belts she chooses and the way she wears them that make them sometimes unflattering. Belts actually DO camouflage things like her slight tummy when they are worn correctly. I would blame her styling more than the belts themselves.


I agree about the necklace (it seems too big for the outfit), but otherwise she looks wonderful. The color is perfect for her and it is extremely flattering. Well played :).


The dress and color are LOVELY, but I agree that it could have been tailored a little better. If the skirt had just a little more room in it her tummy wouldn't look more protruding than I suspect it actually is.

However... Because it's so snug, her behind looks very nice. At least that's a win! =)


I love the jewelry, I thought was the best complement for a simple chic dress....
I'm glad you liked the fitting dress, I was a little conflicted about it, specially because it shows a little belly, but I have to admit that you are right, she doesn't have to hide her curves, she looks like a real woman, and that's great...
I read a lot of criticism in many other blogs on how she didn't look good and shouldn't wear tight clothes.....
I wish there were more pictures to also see her shoes.


I'm usually not into Kors - a bit too preppy for my taste - but damn, Michelle always looks great in his pieces. She's just fabulous here.

Am I the only one, though, who doesn't care for the pale, frosty lipstick she often wears? It reminds me of the gooey L'Oreal lip gloss that I wore in high school (1987).


She is fearless! I love the necklace, too.


I think Michelle's body is perfect -- glad you two appreciate it. But I don't think the belts and layers are trying to hide anything -- I think she just likes them.


Oh, also, I *love* the necklace. Besides, for that kind of event, the dress would have been boring without it.


So not a fan of gay men giving us women tips on their body. Otherwise, Michelle looks fab. Especially after two kids.


The necklace would be perfect with the dress sans the big pink flower. A delicate tennis bracelet would have been a nice addition too. (Do people actually play tennis in those things???) I think a bit more color on the lips would have been good. She looks a little washed out around the mouth.

Even with all that nit-pickiness, I think she looks fab! It's so nice to have a princess back in Camelot.


"Anonymous said...

So not a fan of gay men giving us women tips on their body."

What on earth are you doing here then?

For the record, it was a GAY MAN who designed that dress she's wearing and it was a GAY MAN who designed that necklace she's wearing and we wouldn't be a bit surprised if a GAY MAN did her hair and makeup for her as well. We wouldn't normally make a point of pointing that out, but people like you tend to force the topic.

Oh, and one more thing, you offensive person, the only "tip" we gave women in this post was to embrace their curves. You'd have to be a pretty damn hardcore homophobe to read anything negative into that.


Not to criticize...oh what the hell....

TLo: "Oh, and P.S.: Hate the jewelry. Looks a little Barbie."

As Barbie is 50(actually 67, she was 17 when "born" in 1959) and still looks 20...NOTHING wrong with that! Remember...Pink is the navy blue of India (Diana Vreeland)

LOVING everything on one site!!!


I actually really like the necklace, just not with that neckline. I love the color of the dress on her.


Embrace your curves, ladies. As long as the dress fits well, flatters you, and makes you comfortable, that's all you need.

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, TLo for your own embrace of curves


Amen, TLo. And, spot on. Thanks for the best photo selection out there.

Except, I disagree about the necklace -- I like it! She was sitting down at a dais most of the night, so fun to have something sparkly and playful happening.


TLO, you go, girls. I'd be more than happy to hold your gold, in case it comes to that.

As for your advice, Michelle looks great in bold colors and form fitting dresses ...

And I agree about the jewelry. I would have suggested a big chunky necklace from Korto ... they are all the rage today, and would have brought some interest to the neckline, which is what I think she was trying to do. Pearls would just not have added the right note.

But am just another gay, so what would I know ...

But I am behind both TLO and Michelle O, all the way.

Not a big fan of anonymous, but that goes without sayin-

Just sayin-


Hey, BTW, this pink gown is her third long dress from Michael Kors.

Looks like he's the only "establishment" designer she likes. His uncomplicated gowns look smashing on her.


TLo, well said. I am a woman who welcomes your tips!


Is the necklace by Tom Binns? I was searching for that information and I couldn't find it.
But I did find a little blurb on wwd.com that the square neck black dress she had on the other day (100 most beautiful People event)was actual a Michael Kors as well!


Thank goodness she has finally had someone trim the dried up damaged ends off of her hair. It actually looks good for a change. As for the dress, love the color on her, otherwise, meh.


I see a trend, here. Shelly O gets a simple, elegant Kors gown that perfectly flatters her lean, athletic figure, then jazzes it up with impact jewelry.

I'm liking this trend very much. We've been criticizing the long necklaces on the black dress as drawing the eye down rather than up to the face, and this necklace as just too much for the neckline.

But, heck, why should she look conventional? It's so much fun to see her playing with jewelry combinations and the over-the-top piece. I'm changing my mind about the necklace. Yeah, it's too big, but it's her -- bold, unafraid of what the traditionalists say, and determined to have some fun with fashion.

Twelve thumbs up.


I don't think the dress was tight. I think it was a great fit. I love the necklace. It's fun and daring.

BTW, she was wearing strappy silver high heels.


>>So not a fan of gay men giving us women tips on their body<<

Well, given pronoun agreement, the poster is not a fan of gay men who give tips about their own bodies to women. Which would be a weird thing to do anyway, given the aforementioned gayness. Maybe the women are massueses?


can I just say, as a woman of latin descent, that I have a tummy remarkably similar. there's no jiggling going on down there, but it just will. never. be. flat. I looked at the side pic of Mrs. Obama and felt like, wow, if I can come close to emulating this woman's appearance, I am doing great.

thanks for encouraging me on this point, TLo. I love you guys. Between the Michelle love and the Judy love today, I've been inspired to be a more fabulous woman. All that before noon on Monday, way to go boys!


Can we say that the first lady has a nice ass?


Sewing Siren said:
"But I did find a little blurb on wwd.com that the square neck black dress she had on the other day (100 most beautiful People event)was actual a Michael Kors as well!"

Yep, it's the third one she's worn. These two and the cut-in shoulder black one for her official White House portrait.

She's so smart to stick with a designer whose designs play up her neck and arms so nicely and look so beautiful on her.


In her "Official White House" photo, the sleeveless black dress is a Michael Kohrs.

SisterZip


It's hard to tell from the photos whether that's a rose pink dress or a fuchia one. The pics that show it as a deep rose pink really have that WOW impact, don't they?

Love her in all these bright colors. And she positively glows with happiness when she wears them.


i disagree. i kinda think she looks like a sausage. i do like the jewelry. but i think that when you've not got much of a waist, a sheath like this isn't your best bet.


DANG! TLo, you really got "Philly" with the Anonymous commenter who said something about gay men commenting on women's bodies. You want me to hold you back! Should I bring your sneakers?

All kidding aside, on some levels I do think that we as women traded our own men telling us what to do to allowing men who we DON'T have sex with telling us what to do in many cases. As a local designer I have had plenty of reverse discrimination with women paying the flamboyant gay who can't sew over the toned down woman who can sew because of preconcieved notions. Overall I believe that if the person telling you something is telling the truth is does not matter where it comes from.

The first lady looks great!


I'll take your fashion tips any day;)

Because of you I dared to put on a fitted sheath dress recently, and I got many compliments even though I am decidedly pear-shaped. Thank you for the inspiration.


The evil Bastards on freerepublic.com spent their time mocking how she looked in that color and fit, and singing the praises of Rush Limbaugh, so I was hoping you would critique her! I am going to go annoy them now!


Hey TLo,
I am a straight woman who is very sad, because I moved away from my gay friend five years ago, and my son's gay friend, who always critiqued my clothes, graduated and is now at the Univ of VT. :(

I would welcome your advice any time!! I need a new gay friend!!


I think Shelly O and Micheal Kors are a match made in heaven! I really think she should just stick with him.

She hasn't worn him that many times, but when she does? Gorgeous!


One thing no one mentioned is that she is very tall, and sometimes when you're tall, you slouch, even when in good shape, and then the tummy sticks out a little. Plus she's had two kids and who knows what that did to her insides. Actually, it's the ribcage. It stretches and never goes back and there goes the nice V shape. Color great, jewelry great, smile great, TLO comments great.


Beautiful dress -- but it also shows, in part, why the belts don't work for her. She appears to have a very short back-to-waist measurement....so the belts always look up under "the girls" and she then also has a long hip drop...which will also put the belts out of place. If she wants to play with her waistline she either has to go empire....or better....slightly dropped....trust me a top that is sleek to the mid hip-bone (ie where the booty starts) with a slight flare from there....a great silhouette!!


I agree with Bo. the dress is a little tight. I'll add that a full body shaper may have been a better choice to avoid the line at her waist. But the color and cut in general are beautiful on her.
I'm an overweight short chick with big boobs and would love to have the Girls give me advice!


Calling somone a homophobe because they disagree with you is so trite. And a poor use of the word.

Way to go all defensive though. :-) Wish you'd stick to fashion critiques which is what you do best.


"Anonymous said: So not a fan of gay men giving us women tips on their body."



"Tlo Said: What on earth are you doing here then?

For the record, it was a GAY MAN who designed that dress she's wearing and it was a GAY MAN who designed that necklace she's wearing and we wouldn't be a bit surprised if a GAY MAN did her hair and makeup for her as well. We wouldn't normally make a point of pointing that out, but people like you tend to force the topic."



Seriously. But you know, we must feel some sympathy for poor 'Anonymous', what with the fact that, first, even he must realize how insignificant he is in the scheme of things, hence no name. And second, because the poor dear is apparently locked up in Gitmo (or some other CIA site), and being forced to read your blog. (Someone give those interogators a raise).

But even with that sympathy Boys, please don't let a fly on the ass of the internet, who is only jealous of your success, put even the slightest crimp in your day.

And hey, no need to have to point out that Gay men designed everything ShellyO is wearing. Were it not for Gay men we'd all have nothing to wear but sports jerseys, elastic waist jeans and scrunchies. Anyone who knows anything knows that.

--GothamTomato


"Anonymous said...

Calling somone a homophobe because they disagree with you is so trite. And a poor use of the word.

Way to go all defensive though. :-) Wish you'd stick to fashion critiques which is what you do best."

Assuming you're the same cowardly anonymous person who made the original comment, we didn't go to town on you because you disagreed with us. You didn't disagree with us. We said she looked great and you said she looked great. No, we went to town on you because you inserted our sexuality into a discussion that had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with it. Worse, you couldn't even make it about us, but about "gay men" in total.

It's kind of funny how you linked to a definition page of homophobia, thinking it somehow made a point, when all it did was prove ours: "prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality," "Antipathy towards homosexuals," "Any attitude, action or institutional structure which systematically treats an individual or group of individuals differently because of their sexual orientation."

Now go. You made it clear you don't like it here and we've made it clear we don't want you here. Any further comments will be deleted.


I like the necklace she's wearing. It's part of the recurring theme that runs through everything she wears: She's mixing affordable, approachable pieces with higher end stuff.

I'm sure she could have gotten Harry Winston to lend her something for the event, but I like that she didn't.

It shows she's smart and confident (which we already knew).

--GothamTomato


"Tlo said: Embrace your curves, ladies. As long as the dress fits well, flatters you, and makes you comfortable, that's all you need."




You know, all my life I've been waiting for someone to come along and make bedonkadonks fashionable. I had hopes for JLo, but no, still didn't catch on.

Michelle just might be the person who can do it.

--GothamTomato


Another Anonymous

Uh-oh. Our resident hostile wacko, "He/she/it", made the mistake of daggering TLo.

Breathe, TLo. Breathe in, breathe out.

Dump all her future posts.

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.


anon's defender

wow TLO. i heart you guys, but i think you read too much into anons post there.

i think what she meant by that first post was that gay men who by definition aren't interested in women sexually and aren't women themselves shouldn't be giving women tips on how to dress b/c they have no stake in the game. the underlying assumption here is women dress to please men which is wrong 9 times out of ten. but i dont think she is a homophobe just sadly narrow minded.


as for me i'll take advice from anyone with a good eye.


i just read her response, and your response to hers. don't waste your time - i guess she is homophobic if she lets inconsequential things colour good advice.

good advice is good advice is good advice.


"anon's defender said...
wow TLO. i heart you guys, but i think you read too much into anons post there."


Oh really?

How would you feel if someone had said...

"So not a fan of black people giving us...."


Would that be reading too much into it?


People think it's OK to offend gay people. There' always an explanation.


Oh, TLo, thank you for the curves remark. I am too large for the dress, but back when I was smaller without being "normal" weight, I got my hands on what my friends immediately dubbed my Jessica Rabbit dress. Sparkly (not screamingly so, mind), red, cut up and down to reasonable definitions of there, and close-fitting. I had to get cups installed at a tailor so I could avoid the undergarment issue altogether because it had NO back. And an acquaintance of mine saw me in it and said, "Well, you have what I call a yearglass figure instead of an hourglass, and you may as well dress to show it off." She didn't have the guts to dress hers the same way, poor thing. (and I kept it SIMPLE with that dress... no jewelry and plain black satin shoes... the dress said more than enough) I want to wear that dress again. Someday, I will. And yep, Shelley has got to keep the curves happily wrapped! Best way to go.


Womyn2me said...
While I enjoyed her outfit, I more enjoyed Wanda Sykes clear crush on our first lady, right up to the 'not straight girl hug' at the end...

oh, Wanda, we know what you were thinking when you referred to Michelle's strong arms.

5/11/09 12:23 PM

What was this about Wanda Sykes? Elaborate, please.


Anonymous said...
The evil Bastards on freerepublic.com spent their time mocking how she looked in that color and fit, and singing the praises of Rush Limbaugh, so I was hoping you would critique her! I am going to go annoy them now!

5/11/09 2:18 PM

I wish the sheep would take their oxy and STFU.

The madder they get, the more I laugh about it.

They only wish they could be half as classy and stylish as ShelleyO. But let them stick to what they know: NASCAR, Wal-Mart and their cross-bearing. Fashonable, they ain't.


anon/anon's defender

@ crocmonsieur. i'm not defending her anymore, since i read her second post (i'm the anon right under anon's defender.

but since you mentioned the black thing, I'll go there. As a black person, African, I would indeed be offended if some random non-African, with absolutely no idea about Africa other than they watch on CNN proceeded to give me advice on how to save my poor continent. In fact, I frequently am offended and I would rather they keep their mouths shut.

Now if an Non-African person who has studied Africa and offered a well thought solution for the continent, and I rejected it simply because they were non-african then I would be the equivalent of homophobic (by original anons definition) in that case. I allowed my prejudice to cause me to reject perfectly good advice.

The latter case is what pertains here, since TLO do know what they are talking about and original anon even agreed with them. I just didn't think her comments made her a homophobe until her own provided definition showed her to be a homophobe


Tom In chicago

If I was straight, she'd go straight into my spank bank looking like that.


I have never disagreed with you more strongly than I do on the jewelry. It is a perfect counterpoint to a somewhat severe dress, the right mass, the right length.

I usually defer to you, but I wish you would err more often on the side of risk-taking in fashion. This is one of those unusual choices that you should give the benefit of the doubt.


I'd bet anon wouldn't welcome any man's advice, gay or not, about how to dress a woman's body. I think it's just one of those "until you walk in my heals don't try to tell me what it's like to cover up a post pregnancy bump and midlife ass." I don't think TLo needed to get defensive at all, it was more of a reveal about her sensitivities and insecurities - which frankly many women share. Certainly only worth our sympathy. It would be wise for her to remember that what TLo does is talk about how to look better, how specific fashion improves perception. Lots of curvy (even flatout fat) women get high fashion marks at this site. This is a safe place for all body types. To Anon I would say, these men can be trusted.


If I saw the necklace all on its owny-o, I might not like it. The combination of pearls and sparklies and big ol' pink flower would seem a bit much.

BUT! With that dress, it's almost perfect. "Almost" because I think that the length is slightly (but only slightly) off. It would look better if it were completely above the neckline, or if it dropped below it. I don't like that it sits on the neckline, because the result is a tendency to fall inside the dress.


"Shelby said...

I'd bet anon wouldn't welcome any man's advice, gay or not, about how to dress a woman's body. I think it's just one of those "until you walk in my heals don't try to tell me what it's like to cover up a post pregnancy bump and midlife ass." I don't think TLo needed to get defensive at all, it was more of a reveal about her sensitivities and insecurities - which frankly many women share. Certainly only worth our sympathy."

BULL and SHIT to that. If someone starts a sentence "Not a fan of blacks telling me..." or "Not a fan of Jews telling me..." then no one would rush in to declare the need for "sympathy." But start off a sentence with "Not a fan of gays..." and not only are you saying we should sympathize, but you're characterizing T Lo for being "defensive" merely for responding to it.

It's still okay to generalize and stereotype gays for a lot of people.


C'mom, folks--let's stick to drooling over/trashing the clothes and laughing over TLo's witticisms!!

And I love the necklace--wouldn't work in most situations, but here with plain dress and her sitting down most of the evening, it's perfect!

Aunt Dee


Tom In chicago said...
If I was straight, she'd go straight into my spank bank looking like that.
~~
You are very naughty boy, Tom in Chicago.


The dress is gorgeous, and it looks so great on her. I like the necklace AS a necklace, but think it's wrong with that neckline. Something smaller would work better. Still, she looks smashing and I don't blame Wanda Sykes for her crush. I'm not even gay, and I have a crush on her!


Frankly, I think her tummy looks pretty darn flat!! And, she looks amazing in pink. Would love to have seen the silver heels. The "Baskin Robbins" pink (a good thing!!) and silver combination has always been a favorite of mine. So cheerful.

And TLo? I'll take your advice any day on fashion. Seriously - I don't know that I've ever seen as consistent, "right on the money" critiques of fashion as yours - and over a time period spanning years, not weeks.

Keep it up!


I think it would be a very boring dress, in spite of the dynamic color, without the necklace. It's not quite the kind of necklace I'd ordinarily be a fan of, but in this circumstance, it's perfect. And is the best length for this neckline. I also don't think the dress is too tight. I'd give up a lot to look that good in a slim sheath. Front and sideways.`


"Shelby said: I don't think TLo needed to get defensive at all, it was more of a reveal about her sensitivities and insecurities - which frankly many women share. Certainly only worth our sympathy."




Seriously? I don't think Tlo got defensive at all. I think they sliced & diced as warranted.

And just for the record, I want to make it CLEAR (since some people don't get sarcasm), that when I mentioned that we should have 'sympathy' for the anon ass, it was a put down.

--GothamTomato


Another Anonymous said...
Uh-oh. Our resident hostile wacko, "He/she/it", made the mistake of daggering TLo.

Breathe, TLo. Breathe in, breathe out.

Dump all her future posts.

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

5/11/09 3:42 PM

Hate to burst your bubble, but I wrote that I was GLAD that ShelleyO got some new gays. So please keep the conspiracy theories to yourself, okay?


Another Anonymous

Oh, sure. NOW all of a sudden, you're laying claim to the very first post in these comments and another Anon's words to backtrack from your offensive homophobic comment?

Yeah, THAT'S really ideologically consistent and completely believable. NOT.

You owe TLo an apology.

Breathe in, breathe out.

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH.


Thanks for the positive words on curves, seen from all directions. I'm so tired of hearing comments from people about a woman's natural tummy curve, which is so sexy and feminine. Women are not MEANT to have flat stomachs, and it takes huge work to get and maintain one for most women. The posts about January Jones recently, for example, going on and on about her tummy "pooch" and the need for more controlling undergarments, when all she had was a graceful natural curve, not an ounce of extra fat. Sorry to be on the soapbox, but grown women shouldn't have to force their bodies into somebody's pre-puberty ideal of feminine beauty.


"Michelle Obama: Curves Ahead"


Indeed : )


Love it, Tlo!


EspeciallyGay

She looks GORGEOUS! Love that color on her.


Another Anonymous said...
Oh, sure. NOW all of a sudden, you're laying claim to the very first post in these comments and another Anon's words to backtrack from your offensive homophobic comment?

Yeah, THAT'S really ideologically consistent and completely believable. NOT.

You owe TLo an apology.

Breathe in, breathe out.

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH.

5/11/09 6:27 PM


Frankly, I don't care what you think. You're not contrbuting anything to this or any conversation.

I only care about what TLo says, and I only typed the first post. I was also offended with the homophobic comment with everyone else, and was ready to go in before TLo shut that down.

So Ms Know-it-all, keep throwing out these libelous accusations. You're conspiracy theories are way off and make you look rather paranoid and ridiculous.

Sincerely,
an anon who was here before under another name.

As for TLo, sorry for this, but I didn't post that remark.


Another Anonymous

Ok, then, I's sorry for insulting you and I apologize to you.

Time for everybody to pick an actual name and stick with it.


Michelle has a new makeup artist, she was on tv about 2 weeks ago - a diminutive, lovely, African American woman. I am into makeup (always have been, way before the industry exploded and became what it is today, and could have become a makeup artist, I know how) and I noticed Michelle's makeup was better and done different before the new makeup artist revealed herself. Yes, Michelle needs a deeper shade of lipstick, current look is too girl group singer. Those eyebrows look heavenly now though and the snaggle tooth got done. Michelle is starting to look pretty and not as much of a deer caught in the headlights.

The jewelry is perfect for her, and she adores big old flowers. Leave her be - not all of us love big, large roller ball Korto style jewelry (I never wear it, ever) that look like you could injure somebody with it when removed and swung. Now I realize Michelle could have worn any other type of jewelry, but this worked fine and I am sure she will continue with the '50's flower theme.

Tlo, I think you guys need a hug. Your points are well made and you have a perfect right to your level of sensitivity. It is trying to be good at something and a minority in any walk of life. (Those minorities come in a great cross section of variables, all depending on whom one is the minority among whom, and yes, discrimination occurs in reverse.)

The full moon of this weekend (and the moon mania that it brings) passed until next month and we need to move on.

Keep up the good work, TLo. I look forward to all your good and original stuff. You are great.


She does look great. And it's gutsy to wear something that bold (in First Lady terms) and props to her for wearing it.

And thanks to TLo for bringing us the post. I saw part of the event on YouTube at a friend's insistence (funny), but not such great shots of the First Lady.


this?

***>>So not a fan of gay men giving us women tips on their body<<

Well, given pronoun agreement, the poster is not a fan of gay men who give tips about their own bodies to women. Which would be a weird thing to do anyway, given the aforementioned gayness. Maybe the women are massueses?***


MADE OF WIN. GRAMMAR NERDS ARE IN THE HOUSE AND STRIKING A BLOW FOR EQUALITY! AND THEN WE ARE DIAGRAMMING THE SENTENCE, YO!

It is curious that some of the most adept celebrations of the female form have been created by individuals who neither are women, nor sexually attracted to them. Perhaps that objective distance is actually something that makes a gay man MORE qualified to analyze female beauty. After all, he is not distracted by comparisons to his own body or pesky thoughts of "Who cares? I'd still HIT IT!"


"Tlo said: Embrace your curves, ladies. As long as the dress fits well, flatters you, and makes you comfortable, that's all you need."

-----
MWAHHHHHH!! I love you guys!!!
Alas, if only I HAD the kind of curves Shelly O has...I just have bigger ones!!!!!
I am so happy Shelly chose the Duchess for this and other occasions. It is so great to see her wear a classic from a classic American designer. Not that I haven't loved most of what she wears, and appreciate all those that design for her, but I love Kors. I wish Shelly would wear some of DVF's gorgeous prints, too!!!
Ok..on to the necklace. I seldom disagree with you boys, but I absolutely LOVE that necklace. Sigh.......


Ooh, oh no! Another Anon!

Another Anonymous said...

Ok, then, I's sorry for insulting you and I apologize to you.

Time for everybody to pick an actual name and stick with it.
Actually, more like "Time to stop making the stupid-ass assumption that every single 'Anonymous' post is the same person." Have you never been on a blog before? Ridiculous.


Many women develop that little abdominal curve after childbirth. She has an awesome body and looks great in styles that show off her figure. Those full skirts she often wears just make her look dumpy and weirdly proportioned. I don't think she has her own gays to help her get dressed (if only we all had that luxury!).

The jewelry is downright blech. Looks like she went crazy at Michaels with plastic pearls by the yard and hot-fix rhinestones. I am confused by this choice.


She looks gorgeous in that color, doesn't she? And I do like the necklace even though I have the feeling (well, TLo said...) I shouldn't. Maybe it could be a tad smaller?

I, too, wish too see the silver strappy shoes. Shoes are so important, why are we constantly denied pictures of Shelley's shoes?

The only thing I will say is, Shelley seems ever-so-slightly hunched in these photos, her shoulders slightly rounded forward, like she's about to slouch. I want to tell her to stand up straight, shoulders down -- it would improve the line of the dress and she would project even more charm and glamor.


That is a good color on her for sure, but what is with that necklace??


Thanks Elaine, I'd be happy to grammar snark with you any day. And diagram sentences? Ooo, talk dirty to me!


Sorry, guys. I disagree with you. I looove the asymmetrical necklace, which has a sense of design and originality. And, no, it does not look cheap. Leave the tasteful pearls to the country club set (boring).

The dress rocks.


Joan said...

She looks gorgeous in that color, doesn't she? And I do like the necklace even though I have the feeling (well, TLo said...) I shouldn't. Maybe it could be a tad smaller?
You know, it's ok to like something even if TLo doesn't. It is, after all, always just an opinion. Just because they write the blog does not mean all of their opinions are 'right' or the gospel truth. I don't get why people make such a big show about this all the time. "Yay! I agreed with TLo on ALL OF THEM@!#@#!@#" Thinking for yourself is cool every once in awhile.


I am not someone who posts on a lot of different sites, so I am curious as to why anyone would use the "name" Anonymous. Isn't that kind of inviting confusion? I mean, you don't have to give your ID, just make up a name. I'm not trying to be obnoxious, I'm just curious as to what you think there is to gain by blending in with all the other Anonymi.

And I believe the "1st post" Anonymous was the one who got confused as to which Anonymous was being accused of being homophobic. Didn't she say, "Hey I said, 'she got some new gays'?" Yeah, and Anonymous also said something homophobic, so that was not aimed at you.

Anyway, that little tummy curve doesn't go away. I'm thin, never had kids, and I have it. It's because I have a "swayed" back and my butt sticks out. Shelley and I are among the sorority of women who cannot press our backs flat against a wall to save our lives. (And I'm white.) It gives you back problems but that sticking-out butt is sure pretty.

And "curves" can apply to the front, side, or back view. That great butt sure looks beautiful from the side! And so do those perky breasts! Go Shelley!


Me, Myself, and

Anonymi?

Nice plural!


Me, Myself, and Anonymi

I agree with the poster way up above who pointed out that the necklace was just big enough to slip under the neckline of the dress. Good point.

Just a tad smaller would have been better so that wouldn't happen, but HEY, guys, how many big, bold and beautiful necklaces to you find with a big pink flower on it without scouring the world over?

It's close enough for government work. Heh. Get it?

:=D


She looks fabulous. Great dress, great color and great silhouette. I like the necklace. It adds some 'Michelle' to the look.


Me, Myself, and Anonymi

Ellen M. referred to the Divine Ms. Shelly O's "tummy curve."

I believe the usual term is "pooch," right?

My son photographed her when she visited his college's campus while on the campaign trail, and she slouched then, too. His photos do show a little pooch.

So I agree that standing up straighter and pulling the hips in might help a bit.


"Vic said... Leave the tasteful pearls to the country club set (boring)."

It doesn't have to be pearls to be tasteful, you know.


"Anonymous said...

Joan said...

She looks gorgeous in that color, doesn't she? And I do like the necklace even though I have the feeling (well, TLo said...) I shouldn't. Maybe it could be a tad smaller?You know, it's ok to like something even if TLo doesn't. It is, after all, always just an opinion. Just because they write the blog does not mean all of their opinions are 'right' or the gospel truth. I don't get why people make such a big show about this all the time. "Yay! I agreed with TLo on ALL OF THEM@!#@#!@#" Thinking for yourself is cool every once in awhile."


Nobody is questioning the right to disagree with Tlo or anybody here. It's HOW YOU DISAGREE.


She looks amazing. I love the dress, hate the necklace.


" Womyn2me said...

While I enjoyed her outfit, I more enjoyed Wanda Sykes clear crush on our first lady, right up to the 'not straight girl hug' at the end... "


Wanda was hilarious. I think you can watch it on YouTube.


I;m so proud of our first lady : )


I like the dress, the color, and I really like the necklace; I this the solid color needed an interesting complement and Michelle delivered with that gorgeous necklace.


The Duchess must be in Heaven.


LOVE this silhouette on her!


ANON: Re:

"Vic said... Leave the tasteful pearls to the country club set (boring)."

"It doesn't have to be pearls to be tasteful, you know."

Yeah, I know. It was just a figure of speech. I find originality and artistry and taking a risk to be my kind of taste. The traditional pearls and diamonds and nice little tennis bracelets are "safe" choices that make me yawn. Shelly O rocks because she mixes traditional with edgy, and because she's fearless. Yes, she sometimes makes mistakes, but boy-o-boy, I can't wait to see what she'll wear next.


Anonymous said...
The Duchess must be in Heaven.

5/11/09 10:46 PM

Just wondering, how does one react to be chosen by Shelley O?

I can imaging a huge, joyous scream of excitement, high fives and fist bumps, and pounding of backs in congratulations, followed by a lot of celebratory libations -- in private. But how do you react in public? MK hasn't said a peep about it.

I guess that's the diplomatic way to do it, eh? If the designer were to get all braggy, he/she might give the impression he/she "owns" her and piss her off enough to drop him?

I have noticed that Jason Wu's interviews on this stuff tend to have a "you could've knocked me over with a feather" humility about them that is endearing rather than offensive.

But MK - not a word. Is he declining to be interviewed on this topic? Is the diplomatic, utterly discrete silence the norm? Is that how the more experienced designers handle it?

Just curious.


A Different Anonymous

Does anybody know who designed this necklace?


Hey, unless you are 5' 10" tall or taller, you short people need to stop giving advice about standing up straight to improve the way clothes look on the body. I'm no fan of short people giving advice to tall people.

When I have garments tailored, I typically stand straight as an arrow because I'm in front of a three-way mirror. (I'm the same height as Michelle.) Everybody does this. As soon as I start walking and yes, occasionally slouching a little, my clothes fold and bend.

My mother told me a million times to stand up straight when I was growing up, and I'll bet Michelle's mother has done the same. But it's not so fun towering over everyone in the room, and Michelle does an excellent job "managing" her height.

She could wear flats all of the time, like Carla Bruni, and she might feel comfortable standing erect. But then she would be criticized . . . as she often is on this site.

So she wears heels when she can and then even the Queen has to put in her two cents, "my, how tall you are!" Did you hear her ask that as Michelle walked into the room? How lame. Her alternate comment probably had something to do with whether Michelle ever played basketball.

Michelle is awesome, she has a true sense of personal style, and she can slouch a little if she wants to. Back off, shorties. Let her garments bunch up a little if they must. I can assure you that the dress was tailored immaculately.


"Anonymous said...
I'm no fan of short people giving advice to tall people. "


A lot of no-fans today, no?


She looks FABU and I want that look, the whole thing.


Idle thought for the day:

Wonder what Bo Obama is chewing on right now.

Bet Shelley O's wardrobe is under lock and key because of him!


I think she looks fabulous. I like the necklace, but think it would have been better without the matching colored flower. It does give it a little pop to a safe, but flattering silhouette, but I was trying to picture the necklace in my mind without it and I think it would have been more elegant.

But it's a minor quibble to an otherwise fantastic choice.

As another gay man, I agree with TLo that women should embrace their curves.

However, why is fashion obsessed with size 0 and size 2 models? If everyone wants curves to be celebrated, why don't designers show off women's curves better?


She's so beautiful, the pink really sings out against her skin. Also, I think the necklace is okay, it's quite bold but for such a simple dress. Okay, I know designing something that looks simple is probably far more complex than a fluffy ballgown, but you know what I mean.


Another idle thought for the day:

If the Secret Service names for Barack, Michelle, Malia, and Shasha are Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud, what is the FBI name for Bo?

Rover?


I'm 5'8" so I'm not exactly a "shorty" and I know Michelle is taller than I am, I still wish she wouldn't slouch. I wish models wouldn't slouch on the runway. I detest that folded-over "couture" posture, it looks painful and artificial. Stand up and set those shoulders properly! Stave off dowager's hump!

If I wear heels I'm taller than my husband, too, but I do my damnedest not to slouch (mostly because my neck and back kill me later if I do, but still), I just wish Michelle would, too.

Re: always agreeing with TLo -- it's not something to worry about, to each his own. Sometimes a preference is not rational or easily defended, it just is, and that's what I meant to convey with my comment. I can't explain why I like that necklace, but I do, no apologies needed or offered!


Ok, so the necklace grows on you. After a while, you just can't imagine anything else with that dress for the Wow power. Plus, the necklace passes a crucial test - it draws attention up to the face.

The rose pink flower? Divided, here. On the one hand, the necklace by itself would look very nice. But with this dress perhaps even it would look a little washed out. The pink flower, which appears to be a pin attached to the necklace, actually does work. Brilliant move.


Boopsie2008 said...
Idle thought for the day:

Wonder what Bo Obama is chewing on right now.

Bet Shelley O's wardrobe is under lock and key because of him!

5/11/09 11:57 PM



Hunh????? 0_0


Although a bit garish taken on its own, that bold statement necklace works here because the dress is so simple.


Vic
5/11/09 10:06 PM Sorry, guys. I disagree with you. I looove the asymmetrical necklace, which has a sense of design and originality. And, no, it does not look cheap. Leave the tasteful pearls to the country club set (boring).


WORD! I'm more of a jewelry freak than a clothes horse, and I absolutely loved the necklace. It was just the nice touch to liven up the look.


Shelly O like Oprah can handle big chunky jewelry because their faces are large and expressive at all times.

Does Oprah have a TLo nickname?

TampaBay


I don't like that dress on her. The color is a shade too bright, the fabric looks....heavy? and it really isn't doing much for her. It IS showing off her curves, but it isn't FLATTERING them, I don't think.


bo 5/11/09 12:47 PM: "I was always under the impression that the curves of a woman's body were here silhouette while facing straight on, not any profile protrusions."

So if a woman has an hourglass figure, you're not supposed to see that she has an hourglass figure from the side? Boobs and butt count as 'profile protrusions' just as much as a stomach or thighs.

Choose your words more carefully next time.


To Yess, hey, no need to trash bo. He was just asking for clarification of whether "silhouette" is determined only from the front view. The correct answer is no, a silhouette can be from any angle.

However, in your reply, you then threw in the concept of an "hourglass figure," which IS determined from the front view. See below, especially the diagrams-for-dummies in the second article.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/bodyshape.gif&imgrefurl=

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-hourglass-figure.htm

To sum up -

Hourglass figure: determined from front view.

Silhouette - determined from any angle.


My 2 cents worth (worth every penny) ~
Her hair - never looked better
Makeup - Great *except* lack of lip color and sharp arched brows, though not as severe as before
Dress - Nice color and style
Necklace - Kinda like it, length is slightly off and small pearl drape on it looks like really cheap pearls.

Jilly


I love the necklace. Over on the Mrs O blog they have written about the designer. The details and the contsruction are so fab, not at all Barbie..
http://www.mrs-o.org/?p=5607

Note to Tlo, hope you guys run a critique of Michelle's poetry jam outfit, she looked great, especially her hair and make-up.


Show off those curves Michelle. Gotta love that she is every women, and not a size zero. I love her full torso and hips, and she's not afraid to show them off.

Her front side seems to be getting bigger, maybe there's a baby on the way. How wonderful would that be, a baby born in the White House.


A Different Anonymous said...
Does anybody know who designed this necklace?
According to NY Mag it is St. Erasmus.


Love the color, love the jewelry. Carry on!


She isn't wearing a belt!!! :) :D :O


FIRST: I just recently found this blog/site and I love love love it. Good advice, Great pics and a sense of humor about fashion.
SECOND: Not a Shelley O fanatic, but she looks great in that dress. Glad she set the girls free from 'belt bondage'
THIRD: If you don't like gay men then you don't like fashion . As a stylist/designer I can tell you they are everywhere in fashion, on every level sweetie, EVERYWHERE.
FINALLY: I you are going to post biggoted or hateful comments at least have the balls/ovaries to do it as an actual identity as opposed to throwing rocks and then hiding your face.





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