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Shiny Shelley O

It's two "Oh honey, NO"s in a row!



President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama attend the Chicago 2016 presentation at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark in Michael Kors.






This is not good, kittens. Not good at all. We don't know where to start. For one, you don't pair a cardigan with a cocktail dress. You just don't. What does she have against jackets? For another, why is she wearing a cocktail dress at all? And such a look-at-me dress? This was a day event and she was making a presentation. She was a successful businesswoman for years before she became First Lady. She should know quite well how to dress appropriately for a presentation like this. It just comes off a little obnoxious to us. And besides, we don't like the dress at all. It's not flattering. Wearing a dress that simultaneously draws attention to yourself while at the same time failing to flatter you is about as wrong a choice as it gets when it comes to fashion.

But as painful as this frock was, it was nothing compared to the next one.



First Lady Michelle Obama attends the Opening Ceremony of the 121st IOC Session at the Copenhagen Opera House in Copenhagen, Denmark in Rodarte.






Oh honey, NO! We'll start by saying nice things first. The color looks great on her. We will always be appreciative of the fact the she's a first lady who will go out on a limb and wear something like Rodarte. This concludes the "nice" portion of our program.

We'll be blunt, kittens (you wouldn't have it any other way, would you?): this has got "Peggy Sue Got Married" written all over it. That SKIRT. It PAINS us.

Her hair looks great, though.



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I actually really like the second dress. She looks gorgeous and forgive me but I don't see the problem with a full skirt.


Both of those dresses were atrocious! And they kinda hurt my eyes...


According to the first picture, the president thinks she look s fabulous.

I'll take a first lady who is strong and confident over a collection of navy suits melting into the background so much so that I'll forgive the cardigan/cocktail dress thing.

Ms_f


I don't like the way the First Lady dresses at all; the high waisted belts and ever present sweaters look awful to me. (She needs to have he thyroid checked if she's always cold.) However, every now and then, she knocks it out of the park and I think she did just that in the second look. The upsweep do looks great on her and the retro hint of that dress suits her.


*tear*

I agree. She better rock something extra-fabulous to make up for these two. The first makes her look like a Christmas present, and the proportions on the second are waaaay too young. Like seven-year-old. I liked both colors, though, and agree that her hair looks nice up.


Fire your stylists Shelly O. Do it now. Both those looks are baaaaaad.


I like the second dress, too. And at least she didn't add a shiny bejeweled belt to it.

As for the first - I just don't get all the rave about MK's clothes. I hardly ever like any of his collections.


The biggest problem with the first dress is that it's looking like 60's maternity wear on her. That side shot it NOT good... She needs to get away from those high-waisted numbers, because it's not flattering on her at all. Have to say, don't mind the second one quite so much - love the color, but again, eecchhh to the high-waist... Cinch it in, Sister! (Being a fashion neophyte, is it called empire waist? Just wondering...)
-MINDO


I think the first dress would have been fine, but for the cardigan. The bright color is obviously meant to be noticed and, I think, a good strategy when the whole idea is to be making a high-profile appearance. Plus, here is a case where the high belt, that she likes, works well.

The silhouette of the second dress really just looks like a little girl's dress (like she should be wearing maryjanes with it.)

But I give her props for mixing things up & trying new things (and designers). And, of course, accessorizing any look with a man on your arm who gazes at you that adoringly never goes out of style.

--GothamTomato


Oh wow, I totally disagree. For the most part I think you guys are right about her looking best in fitted dresses, but I think she looks great in both of these. The second is amazing, and I think she totally pulls off the first one despite the looseness around the middle.


Ohm, shit -- this is why we lost the bid!

Elizabeth from Chicago


Do you like cardi's Shelly? Really. You don't wear them often.


I thought you guys were obsessed with the clothes on Mad Men? The second is straight out of its closet.


What I love: I love the way he looks at her with obvious adoration. Oh, BTW, happy anniversary Mr and Mrs Obama! I also love the colors of both dresses on her.

What I don't love: Shine! Under a cardigan! Honey, if you're going to wear that birght an outfit, don't hide that light under a bushel. Also don't love the high waistline thing she has going on. In both of those dresses it looks like they are too short-waisted for her. Also don't like the bust darts on the first dress that make it look like she has NHO.

Still love her and her willingness to say damn the torpedoes I'm wearing what I want.


"you don't pair a cardigan with a cocktail dress."

Thank you. Such a simple phrase, yet I was so stunned I couldn't find the words.

Plus that's a hell of a lot of gold.

And while the color of the second dress is lovely, as is the upsweep, this has got to stop.

OPEN LETTER TO MICHELLE OBAMA:

This is a matter of grave national import: you must cease and desist with the belted, waist-emphasizing, full skirted dresses and skirts. They are not for you.

Instead: Sheaths, Ms. O, sheaths! Emphasize longitude, not latitude!


She's tall and fit and curvy. The simpler the better is my philosophy. One of her best looks was her speech at the Democratic Convention. A sheath in a great color with a great neckline and simple but striking jewelry. I love Michelle, but the full skirts and high belts have got to go!


Elizabeth said...Ohm, shit -- this is why we lost the bid!
Elizabeth from Chicago

Nah - we lost the bid b/c no offense but Rio just deserved it more. If anything - Mrs. O was one of the main reasons why we even had a chance.


First dress is kind of ehhh, but I do like the second dress, especially the top half. I think it may have looked better with the bottom half being a pencil skirt or at least not such a pronounced A-line.

But holy SHIT, did anyone notice that Oprah looks like a possessed crackhead in that last picture?


I really like the 2nd dress.

And I *love* the color on her. No way I could pull that off.


Say what you will about our former tasteful but more fashion conservative first ladies, at least they weren't embarrassing and always looked appropriate to the occasion. She could be 4 months pregnant in the first dress it is so unflattering on her.


Seriously. Everybody needs to calm down about her style. And flip through a bunch of the link below, a blog which is obviously biased towards adoring her every look, but as you can see, some hits, some misses, but overall, she makes some really fabulous choices and is adventurous with color and prints:

http://mrs-o.org/

I've been keeping up to date on her looks with this site and have seen a lot of good, but I KNEW you two were going to jump on her the moment she did something out of step. Tlo, be nicer!

;)

Also, if you look through this blog, you'll notice she DOES wear a lot of sheath dresses, it seems to be her formal day look (the fab red De La Renta in the Oval Office!), so why can't she do some crazier stuff for bigger events? These two aren't the best looks, but they are really not that bad...


"Tlo, be nicer!"

You're at the wrong blog for that.


I think she looks amazing all the time; and it's not blinded by admiration for her. Michelle; honey. Do your thing. They're just clothes.


I'm sorry but I think both those outfits are big msitakes. Again stop with them high waisted belts. the first thing I thought is that nfirst outfit added 20 pounds to her. I know The First Lady is a a beautiful woman with a nice figure so i was shocked at how dumpy the dress made her.

But styling really seems to be a big problem still. that cardigan was a big NO!

FRank

PS I too thought those dresses didn't help the olympic bid cause


Jessica said...Tlo, be nicer!



There are TONS of times where TLo has given Shelly O the thumbs up...


Except for the stupid little sweater pulled over the first dress, I liked both of them but then I love vintage clothing especially from the early 60s and they both fit the bill as vintage 60s inspired pieces.

I also really appreciate the fact that our first lady isn't tied down to boring suits and basic dresses in neutrals or power red to avoid undue critique.

Perhaps the first dress should not have been worn with the shrug, the second was a tad precious but even so, she is miles ahead of the overly proper and deadly dull first ladies snoozefest wardrobes ahead of her, Jackie being the lone exception.


I'm with Meredith - I really like the second look.


You know, there's something to be said for wearing something that makes the man you've been married to for almost 17 years look at you the way he's looking at her in the first photograph.

I actually like the second dress. Sure, she might look more sleek in a sheath, and yes, I think she does herself no favors with the waists and belts. However, given what we know is her fetish for that kind of stuff, the Rodarte is pretty snazzy.


Thanks Jessica for that link! I love her hair and makeup in the second look and save the cardi the first isnt bad at all. Really the second isn't either. She can't always wear the same sillouette, then ppl would complain about her being boring and afraid to try something different.


I wonder if you guys [tlo] have a problem with her and not the clothes that she wears. You do this every time. FYI, for everyone else that is not a hater, I suggest you check out Mrs-o.org if your interested in the fashions of our first-lady.


aw, I have to give it up to Shelley - for as many misses as she may get (where a belt is usually to blame), she does hit a number of looks outta the park. And honestly, it's been a looooong time since we've had a first lady with fashion sense worthy of much discussion.

I have to wonder that cardigans are Shelley's effort to appear more typical - trying to make folks forget she's an attorney and see her more as first lady mom. Unfortunately, some of her cardigans are just not that great. But i'll give her some credit for being different and not just working the boring first lady looks (see entries under Bush, L. and Bush, B.)

She's not afraid of bold colors and that gets all kinds of points from me and has been very good about working with American designers, again, a plus.

Her biggest fashion issue does seem to center around her waistline - either with belts that are far too high or dresses with full skirts into a higher waistline. Given that she's got probably the best body a first lady has had in a very long time, she should be finding as many creative ways of working a sheath as possible.

but in the meantime...Shelley, please...intervention for the belts and find yourself some better gays to make your place in White House fashion history!

srq


If you are going to wear shiny *anything*, it had better be perfectly fitted. Regardless of the fact that I hate both dresses, there is no excuse for the poor fit.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if you guys [tlo] have a problem with her and not the clothes that she wears. You do this every time. FYI, for everyone else that is not a hater, I suggest you check out Mrs-o.org if your interested in the fashions of our first-lady.



You mean for everyone who wants to kiss her ass and not say one bad thing about her outfit. Yeah, that's the site to go.

And for your information, Tlo have praised her outfits MANY times. All it takes is one click on the "Michelle Obama" tag to see that you're wrong.


The cardigans are now officially OVER. That first dress would have been sooo much better without. Not that the dress wasn't also too dressy, as TLo point out.

I like the second one. I don't mind a full skirt on her. It's the damned high waist. She can'tr help that.


She was going for the gold, wasn't she??

I actually like the second. She looked very fit. Much better than the cardi look...


To those who say, "well, at least she's not wearing a blue suit or Republican red."

Have the sartorial missteps of First Ladies in recent history been so traumatic that you'll settle for anything?

Look, we have a First Lady who has an obvious interest in fashion, as well as a tall, strong figure that's made for stylish clothes.

The problem is that when she opts for little girly looks, like big bows (exhibit A), and full skirts (exhibit B), she works against her natural assets.

She could dress all the time in styles that take advantage of and enhance her above-average good looks. It's not as if Nancy Regan suits and Barbara Bush pearls are the only other choices open to her.


This is the shape of her body and she likes it. There is nothing wrong with not looking shapeless like a white woman.


Spot on criticism about the first cocktail dress being totally inappropriate for the occasion. The color looks good on her but the fit is horrible and I hate that droopy bow. Cardigans with cocktail dresses can work but this was the wrong fabric and the color doesn't quite match but also doesn't contrast enough. Fail.

I love the Rodarte dress but not on her. It's very unflattering and the look is too young. But the dress itself is fab. And her hair looks great.

I know she's touted as a fashion icon but if you look at pictures of her before she was in the spotlight you see someone who wasn't fashion forward at all. She barely looks like the same person. I realize that when you have makeup artists and hair stylists who work on you everytime you set foot out the door you're going to look different than when you do it on your own but I think she really doesn't have great fashion instincts. She just has a laudable willingness to push the envelope but she hasn't really developed a good sense of what works for her and what doesn't (belts, high-waisted dresses and full skirts).


I think TLo is on with their review.

She (and her hubby) are projection screens; and I am wondering when the die hards are going to realize that they have been projecting what they want the O's to be on to them (and assuming that what they want to see is what they see).

She apparently likes her awful style and I wish people would stop ignoring what she is telling everyone by dressing the way she does. If she predominately FAILS and wear cardigans, belts, wrongly emphasized/placed waists, and unflattering clothes.... then THAT is her style - her style is not what you'd wish she wear - it what she DOES wear.

(She has the money and access to all the assistance in the world; so how she dresses is by her choice.)


I never did "get" why she was ever considered a fashion icon.

She is off 90% of the time in my opinion.


I think her hair & makeup look great in the Opening Ceremony shots. The top of the dress in those isn't bad either but the fullness from the waist down does her no favors - with my hips - which are not huge -I'd never wear that type of skirt.

That first dress is just so wrong for her, from the fit of the bust on down.

No matter her attire, she always wins with her strength and confidence. I just wish she'd flatter her body shape a bit more with some of her clothing choices.


So shoot me. . . I think she looks great.
She is wearing both outfits and looks confident and comfortable in both

The colors are Fabulous !

I would love to wear the last one if I could...
I see no problem with the full skirt .


The first only confirms how much I dislike MK's designs. The only thing that man is good at suits.


Giant bows have no place in the wardrobe of a grown woman. Nor do visible crinolines.

That high waist thing always makes her look hunched.


She is there to try (unsuccessfully) to bring hte Olympics to Chicago. So she wore the gold, get it? Gold metal = gold dress.


I love Michelle O and her willingness to be fashionable, but any dress that sends me to google-search the possibility of a pregnancy can't be the best style for her.


The first dress with bow--UGH.

The second dress with fab color-- gorgeous! I think she pulls that one off just fine. And I looooove the full skirt.


I think she looks great as well! Though the dress in the first one does whacky things to her stomach area in some of those photos.

And I think she's touted as a fashion icon because she's gorgeous and intelligent and somewhat fashion forward (for a political figure or to a normal, mall-shopping person) yet her fashion sense is very approachable, very wearable. Even the much maligned cardigans add to her appeal in a way because they're so darn practical. I know they may be a fashion "don't" but for women who couldn't fathom being able to spend a year's savings on a cocktail dress (most women in America, that is), it's nice to see touches us plebes can afford mixing with stuff found in a fashion show and looking fabulous on a radiant woman who is beautiful but does not fit the "fashion ideal."

*steps down off soapbox*

-E


I like the second dress, although it would look better if the waist of the dress was actually at her natural waistline instead of floating around her ribcage.

The top dress makes her look bulky. Actually, one can wear a sweater with a cocktail dress, if it's the right sweater. That's not the right sweater.


i would've never guessed that's rodarte.


Not feeling the first dress at all. The second one is not so bad, but the rosettes or whatever that is at the neck have to go.


Linda in Chicago

Although I really appreciate you guys, I see nothing wrong with the way Michelle Obama dresses most of the time. I really like the way she pairs casual sweaters with more formal dresses. I personally hate formality -- one of our journal projects when I was taking fashion design was creating a dress to wear at Taleisin West where you are required to "dress for dinner." I designed my floor length dress in denim, something that was I had not seen done in 1970.

The full skirt isn't my favorite but I think Mrs. Obama looks like a cool chick, no matter what she wears. She looks like someone any of us "commoners" could talk to, which is her point, I believe. I hate the usual presidential costume of rigid suits with creepy little jackets.

Just my opinion . . .


Of course I didn't seriously mean Tlo should be nicer! That would be no fun...


The belts. The pleated frocks. I give up!


I hereby nominate TLo to be the new Gay Czars for the First Lady.


Sure Shelley O makes some not-so-great fashion choices, but at least we are not bored with what she wears (ala Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton).
Not a fan of the first dress here, it would have been quite nice, however, in a non-cocktail fabric, sans the huge bow and cardigan.
However, I loved the second dress. I thought she looked gorgeous!!


Dead on with Peggy Sue! Love that movie! She looks like a caramel cupcake!


Oh no... I swear if I hear her called the next Jacki-O again i will puke. Don't get me wrong, her, as a person, I like but her fashion sense is down the toilet lately... No tot he first look all together and the second one? I have one thing to compare it with and get ready because it's not nice... Princess Puffy Sleeve's PROM DRESS. It is all wrong on her! The first lady should never look like she's going to prom... though I do give her props on the hair and makeup on that second one, it looks flawless.


I freaking love her. She can do no wrong, in my eyes. It's enough that she has a playful sense of style, she's willing to take risks and do her own thing, and she's a beautiful woman.

She's like Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton to me - no matter how bizarre or slightly inappropriate the outfit, these women can pull it off. Because they are somehow BEYOND fashion. They have talents that have nothing to do with choosing clothes, and if the clothes make them feel happy and awesome, then I say why rain on the parade?

And having an adoring spouse on your arm really IS the best accessory.


So in today's Washington Post, Robin Givhan has a review of Shelley in Copenhagen. And this is what she said about the dress:
"Obama addressed the IOC members wearing a shimmering chartreuse dress with an oversize bow at the waist and a matching short-sleeve cardigan. The rest of the delegation, including the women, was dressed in the group's team uniform: dark suits with powder blue shirts. The first lady stood out like a star in front of a backup chorus."
Here's the link:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/02/AR2009100205214.html


I think the second dress is great on her. But I like full skirts.

The first dress would have been better at a cocktail event, with out the cardi.

For the presentation event perhaps if the dress were made of a wool crepe?


I think you're too hard on her. They aren't perfect, but she is a beautiful woman and she looks great in both dresses. Especially #2!


I like the colors on her, but not the styles or the fabric. Or the cardigan.
She needs Tim Gunn's "get a good fitting bra" lecture and advice. It's look like she's drooping and that doesn't help.
I saw a picture of her the other day in a simple dress in similar color that was fantastic on her.
I'm becoming convinced that she's PMSing when she pulls off things like the cocktail dress and sweater. There are some women who should not be allowed free rein with clothes on certain days.


Annonymous said..She's like Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton to me - no matter how bizarre or slightly inappropriate the outfit, these women can pull it off. Because they are somehow BEYOND fashion. They have talents that have nothing to do with choosing clothes, and if the clothes make them feel happy and awesome, then I say why rain on the parade?



Yes, I agree with this.
I love to see a woman my age, that takes good care of herself (but doesn't make it her sole occupation), go ahead and wear what makes her happy. Not worrying over if it makes her look 5lbs heavier or whatever.


"
But holy SHIT, did anyone notice that Oprah looks like a possessed crackhead in that last picture?"

Uhhh..that's the way she always looks haha.

I didn't like the first look at all. Everything to the cardigan to the bow..no.

The second look would look amazing without the full skirt and the high belt. Well, without the full skirt, the high belt might look ok..

The top looks really cute with the details on it, and the color looks great on her. I love her hair up also. I think I might give that look an "in" though, just because she looks so radiant in it.


She looks so happy - and loved/loving - that it makes me smile to look at these pictures.

Her skin looks beautiful in golds and yellows. I actually think the second dress looks good on her. Full skirt and all. And kudos to her for knowing what colors look best on her.

My mother-in-law is tall like Michelle, and she tells me that she has had to work at NOT feeling like a big ol' huge ass giantess (her phrase) compared to everyone else. And, like MO, she is beautiful - the kind of woman you'd imagine would *never* have self image problems. So, when I see MO in bows and crinolines I do wonder if she is trying to look smaller, daintier, less overpowering.

Arm-chair psychology aside - I agree with the consensus. She looks best in sheaths.


I liked both and why can't you pair a cardigan w/ a cocktail dress?


The first dress, as noted, is doing wacky things to her midsection, and huge bows don't belong anywhere in a FLOTUS wardrobe. The color looks great on her, and as usual, her hair and makeup look lovely.

The second dress is a gorgeous color, but the line of it is all wrong. I am as bothered by the chest-flattening neckline as by the ridiculous waistline. The bottom line is, that dress does not fit her properly. I don't think the first look does, either, else it wouldn't be bulging out like that around the tummy. What's up with that?


I think you are too harsh on the color and shine. I believe they were an allusion to the occasion - reference to the Olympic Gold Medal


I actually like full skirts on her, so long as she doesn't murder the look with a really wrongly placed belt. And I would have loved the second dress if only it were a regular full skirt that didn't have the silhouette of a 3rd grade girl's birthday dress, or if it didn't make her more flat chested than a gangly teen boy. I do love her look from the neck up, though. Fabulous.

The first dress with it's giant bow and the really really high waistline and the completely WEIRD thing it's doing to her belly from the profile, is just bad. It is the epitome of an "Oh Honey, NO."

I can't not comment on how Mr and Mrs Obama make a fabulous and lovely couple. Totally enviable, love them!


She spent too much time with Big Bird when she visited Sesame Street.

Hair and makeup are flawless though.


I'm generally disappointed in the First Lady's clothing choices, but I have to sympathize with the ever-present cardigan. I'm always cold, too...and have ruined many an outfit with a jacket/cardigan/etc that just didn't look quite right, but I was freezing!

Actually, I still look over my shoulder waiting for Stacey and Clinton to ambush me at any moment!!


Aw, guyz. I dunno. I think the cognac ballerina dress is charming and the perfect thing to wear among the sea of gray at the opera house.

The MK with cardie I can take or leave.


The second dress looks like something Dakota Fanning used to wear. Dakota doesn't even dress like that anymore.


My eyes are drawn immediately to her; she is showing no inappropriate skin and she glows. I think you are being extremely tough on Shelly O. While my 5'5" figure would drown in those dresses, she's a visual magnet. Sure some of the proportions are out of whack, but she carries both looks off.

Let the European first ladies outdo each other in the boring but correct fashion department; give me our bowed, high-belted, wide-skirted, cardiganed, and colorfully spectacular Shelley.


the proportions on that second dress are MADDENING. It's like, 'How to make yourself look shorter and fatter in one easy step!'


I love the second dress... I agree with the earlier post, she stands out, she's glowing.... And while I like the first dress, I do agree that it's a cocktail dress, and the sweater was not the best choice.


Dang! Gotham Tomato beat me to it when she said, "Accessorizing any look with a man on your arm who gazes at you that adoringly never goes out of style."

She could be wearing mommy jeans, a plaid hoodie, and Crocs, but when you have BHO holding your arm and looking at you as if you were the most beautiful woman on earth, well, you tend to be the most beautiful woman on earth.

And back in the real world, hate the Michael Kors dress (so funny because to me it screams MOTHER OF THE BRIDE!), like dress #2. That color against her skin makes up for a lot of smaller errors.


1st dress - thumbs down
2nd dress - thumbs up!


Anonymous 12:09 - not liking some of Mrs. Obama's fashion choices does not make one a "hater".

Elizabeth from Chicago said, Ohm, shit -- this is why we lost the bid!

Actually, we won, by not getting the Games!

Lilithcat, from the south side, off to practice dancing the Carioca on the wing of a biplane


Oh, speaking of "Flying down to Rio" reminds me - I miss Musical Mondays!


C'mon, really?
Neither of these are great but they really aren't that bad either. I think she looks pretty nice.


Look number 3 (the way he looks at her): IN!!


First off I have to say... YESSS!

Chicago didn't get the games!

So I agree you there, Lillicat. There's too many other problems in this city like... taxes, kids killing kids in broad daylight, cost of living, deficit, politics, etc etc.

Anyway, I really like the first dress - sans cardigan. With a nice short white jacket it would've been stunning. Just because it's a day event, doesn't mean to dress business-like. It's an event and the presentation is just as much about her, as first lady, as it was about Chicago.


I don't know, I like the first dress, and I definitely don't mind the cardigan (I like them, so I don't see the problem with them). I'm a little conflicted with the second look, but I agree with somebody who said before that she is like Cate Blanchett or Tilda.... she is beyond fashion... and whoever said that having BO looking at you like your the queen of the world, it's a fantastic accesory, what else do you need?


Minou Mechant

Oh, LORD, she's strangling her breasts again! Why do you hate your breasts, Shelley O? :(

Once upon a time, someone, somewhere obviously told her she should always wear high waistlines. That person should be found and summarily shot.

OUT.


It looks to me like she is trying to take an evening dress into day with the cardigan and it works. And since it was the Olympics I'm guessing that was the idea behind the gold? Personally I liked both looks and only wish I had a job which required me to wear a sparkly gold dress on a Friday morning!


"According to the first picture, the president thinks she look s fabulous."

Which means he's just as wrong about what she wears as he is about EVERYthing else.

The Danes are saying that Obama et al (including the First Dingbat) lost because they were perceived as being arrogant and unprepared. I'd say wearing gold lame with a cardigan pretty much sums up the combination of arrogance and unpreparation.

What was Oprah wearing?


I guess my issue with our First Lady is she is practicing to be a fashionista while she is First Lady. It would have been nice if should would have nailed down her "look" prior to being in the spotlight.

Perhaps she is enjoying the on call hair and make up and she has looked gorgeous, no doubt, but the inappropriate attire--most of which is just too young for her and her position. Cardigans over cocktail dresses?? For a First Lady?? A taffeta ball gown that is ill-fitting.

She had money before entering the White House so what gives?? She was a professional woman and I bet she dressed appropriately for her corporate job and she had the nights and weekends to be a "fashionista". Also some of the best clothing and department stores in Chicago (some with Personal Shoppers to help her find her look).

So back to this practicing to be a "fashionista" on the job. She needs refinement (look at Carla Brunni) she needs TLo or Laura Bennett someone to help her out.


Oh, God. These are both just AWFUL.

Who the hell keeps dressing her in these unflattering shades of gold? LEMON YELLOW, dear, PURE LEMON YELLOW. It's the ONLY shade of yellow permitted to those with "winter" color palates.

Plus, either she's preggers or she's taken leave of her mind with these styles. My guess is preggers. The woman is showing a really fat belly, butt and thighs lately, and she strikes me as a person having far too much personal discipline to let things get that far out of hand. That growing pear-like silhouette looks suspiciously familiar, doesn't it, ladies?

And don't be fooled, it isn't just the styles she's wearing. We've got pictures! She gave a speech at my kid's college campus during the campaign, and kid got some pictures of her looking reed slim. She's really been packing it on lately, IMO.

The photographer's diplomatic attempt to hide her side-view fanny behind a wall backfired and just looks like an imcomplete photoshop, as if somebody were trying to slim her down and just forgot to finish. Unfortunately, it actually emphasizes the new expanse of that rear end. It can't all be the dress, can it? If so, dump those wardrobe consultants FAST, girl, and get yourself some first-class gays to help you out.

And if it is a pregnancy, better to let it just all hang out rather than wearing skin-tight skirts that just emphasize all the growing in the wrong places. It happens. Take joy in it. Don't look like an overweight woman shoehorned into an impossibly skinny dress.

And if it's just the fabulous food, fer cryin' out loud, girl, get a GRIP!

FAIL. Very badly.

Ninety six thumbs down.


"The Danes are saying that Obama et al (including the First Dingbat) lost because they were perceived as being arrogant and unprepared. I'd say wearing gold lame with a cardigan pretty much sums up the combination of arrogance and unpreparation."

America lost out on the games because there has never been an Olympics in South America. That along with the trouble of getting a visitor visa did us in.
"In the official question-and-answer session following the Chicago presentation, Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, asked the toughest question. He wondered how smooth it would be for foreigners to enter the United States for the Games because doing so can sometimes, he said, be “a rather harrowing experience.”"

Who is the First Dingbat? I hope you are not talking about the First Lady.
sigh.
There is nothing good about America losing out to another country no matter what one thinks of the President. It was a case of damned if he did, damned if he didn't since he would have been blamed if he had not shown up like the rest of the leaders of the countries in the running.

As to the dresses.
I liked them both.
I love cardigans, they are attractive and practical.
(Maybe Michelle needs to invest in some pretty beaded vintage ones.)

I loved the second one, but I am an old lady who likes vintage style dresses.
Wish she ditch the high belts though.


Sunnygirl said...
I guess my issue with our First Lady is she is practicing to be a fashionista while she is First Lady. It would have been nice if should would have nailed down her "look" prior to being in the spotlight.

I don't think the Obamas had much money to spare until his book "The Audacity of Hope" really took off during the campaign. If you look at the few pictures of the interior of their Illinois home that were let out to the press, there is almost zero furniture in the rooms and hardly anything up on the walls. Plus, for most of the campaign, Michelle was artfully reprising several casual black outfits over and over again. Her established "look" at the time was hospital executive on a very tight budget. My guess is that she just didn't have a lot of practice in the art of dressing up in new outfits several times a day, and so just didn't have a sure touch when it came to mixing it up for a change. (A four-year, at minimum, change!)

Even now, she's not overdoing it, and stays relentlessly even-headed about wearing normal, everyday looks when the occasion isn't state dinner or the like. She does have an everyday "look" that is colorful and accessible.

Important occasions? Another story altogether, probably because she had neither budget nor need to put on the dog a lot before. I'd bet that her First Lady wardrobe outfits for the more important occasions have to be cycled in and out so quickly that she sometimes just has to take what's being shown to her that day.

Plus, she's adventurous, so she'll bloop every now and then. This, however, was a spectacularly BIG bloop, unfortunately.

Again, she needs to replace her stylists. Or just lean heavily on Micheal Kors, whose taste is exquisite, to select the better pieces for the diplomatic occasions portion of the First Lady wardrobe.


I don't agree. She looks great in both.


And since it was the Olympics I'm guessing that was the idea behind the gold?

Wow, you're right! The First Lady does make a point of "dressing for the theme" every now and then, like wearing a pretty Mexican outfit to a grade school to view a presentation of Mexican dancing by the students.

Bad decision here, though. Gold is NOT her color. At least it puts these two outfits into perspective, though.


Look #1: Oh, as soon as I saw the teaser picture I shook my head. That bow! The material! The sweater! It's just a hot mess! I will say I like the color, but that's it. The dress isn't well fitted and it makes her look pregnant. If she is pregnant, fine, but the top is still badly fit.

Look #2: I don't mind this one so much. I love the color on her and I think from the waist up it's great. From there down though, it bombs. It's just too cutesy.


MouseAnony -Seems like for a couple of weeks you've been pretty terse. Good to see the ink flowing : )

But, I have to disagree with you about the colors. I think she looks great in both the chartreuse-yellow and the gold.

Oprah looks washed out in the black - makes her skin look dull. Whereas, the color on MO makes her look glowy.


This post is proof that I need me some gays.

I'm embarrassed to admit I found both of these looks adorable.

I also kind of liked Louise's navy dress with the ruffles.

Guess I should be thankful I'm a haus frau in New Hampshire and not married to the leader of the free world.

Of course if I were, I'd be able to afford some seeing eye gays.

Thanks Gentlemen

Suz


i'm not dorothy gale

Imagine that second dress as a long tunic; that would have been beautiful. I dearly love her and wish she'd just listen to me and TLo.


I really think that the big problem is that she rarely has anything properly tailored to her body- not that most women under fifty have, these days. She's very tall, short waisted, and long legged and prete a porter is not made for her body style; especially, nothing seems to have a waist that falls at her natural waist. It would also help a lot to have her dresses hemmed while on, so they don't "hoop up" as my mother the tailor would have put it, in the front.

When she's had something properly tailored- the chartreuse ensemble at the inauguration, most certainly- she looks better than anyone else, but a lot of her current wardrobe just needs intelligent alterations.


She looks desparate and pathetic. And after such a "sacrifice" to go to Copenhagen.


I totally agree with TLo that these looks were not winners. But, it is refreshing to see a first lady look like a woman and not an 80's female business executive trying to look like a business man. Laura Bush is lovely and it would have been nice to see her in more skirts and dresses. Hillary wasn't blessed with a great figure or legs, but a great fitted jacket over a long skirt and riding boots would have provided her with a strong presence that was still figure flattering and feminine. So, while I dislike much of what Shelly O actually wears, I appreciate that she's setting an example that you can be strong and admired and still feminine.


I really kinda love that second dress. Personally, I'm not getting a '50s prom vibe from it at all... not the fabric, not the silhouette, not the overall impact. Nope.

I so rarely disagree with TLo (or parts thereof), it's making me feel I should fan my face.

As far as #1 (bwaaahaha! yellow, get it)... I really have no idea what would be appropriate for a significant day look at an international meeting in Copenhagen. I'd tend to think that, yes, following the standards of one's own country would be best. And yet, I'm not scandalized. I think she looks lovely. Granted, it's not her best ensemble... but it's far from her worst.


Are we sure this isn't a "find something that body armour can fit under" issue? Because she always seem bigger around the chest and middle during public appearances than she is otherwise.


That's Prince Albert from Monaco (Grace Kelly's son) next to her in the first photo with her in the Rodarte. Just thought you'd like to know... (yes, this has no relevance, but it's fun to name drop).


Colors on both dresses are gorgeous. I wonder if she shies away from blazers because since she is tall and broad shouldered she fears they will make her seem unapproachable.

Someone needs to introduce her to the shrug or bolero tout suite.


First look; out.

Second look; in.


I think they're both pretty terrific outfits, especially the second one.


Hi MouseAnony...Michelle made over $300,000 a year as an executive at University of Chicago Medical Center, while her husband was a US Senator--this does not seem like a couple that had to pinch pennies on clothing.

I like her. But this idea of wearing inappropriate clothing (remember back in Feb she wore a sleeveless frock to the reopening of Ford's Theatre, her ensemble to Westminster Abbey, her red print dress to the posthumous medal of honor ceremony) and calling it confidence in her fashion choice is just a cover for bad taste.

Dignity of office and occasion should trump wearing the latest fad. There are plenty of events to wear gold lame' but not the IOC (and with a cardigan, sigh).

Again I think she is having a wonderful time with designers and I think she should but just because you can doesn't mean you should wear whatever, there is a time and place for all the looks. She needs to practice a bit of editing and all will be well. That and getting TLo on the phone to style her.


omg leave her alone. she has never put herself out as a fashion icon, and while she is first lady, past first ladies have not been subject to this level of sartorial scrutiny. just back the fuck off, for real. (not you, tlo--i don't love that you're calling her "obnoxious" or assuming that your judgment is DEFINITELY better than hers regarding what's appropriate for such a peculiar event, but your approach is at least minimally reasonable, whereas a lot of this commentary is way over the line.)


Gotta disagree with you on the second dress. I really, really like it actually. I think she looks like a goddess-y, black version of Jackie O.


Her outfits at reopening of Ford's Theatre, Westminster Abbey, the posthumous medal of honor ceremony were not inappropriate.

I'm so tired of hearing this non-sense.


I just love Michelle, she's gorgeous, has a beautiful shape, etc., etc., etc. But I'm just never ever ever ever (to infinity) going to understand the giant bows or the belts fastened directly under the boobs. I'm baffled.


Yes Sunny girl - she was making pretty good money before he became senator but got a huge raise when he became senator.. I guess she suddenly became much smarter (and harder working)? Ahem.

But they have been millionares for quite some time - and with educations that cost like 200 times my public college education - I'd say that money was never an issue. Taste is.

Ditto Anon 6:21 PM


The first dress is gorgeous, save the bow and the bland sweater. That dress needs a great little matching tailored jacket.

Who is dressing her anyway? She looks so stunning and regal in those slim dresses in bold colors with power jewelry. Seems like some evil wayward personal stylist is trying to make her look round and flouncy.


I actually like the second one, maybe because of the color. And her hair does look fabulous. The first one looks like a '50s prom dress gone wrong.

The issue with Shelley O is that she doesn't dress to hide her "figure flaws" which is the way we've all been trained to dress. Heaven forbid someone notice we have a big butt or short waist or tummy pooch or small tits! She seems to just wear whatever she wants to without concern for looking thin or whatever. For that, I sort of admire her. And she is a beautiful woman.


I really like the second dress, though that silhouette is getting pretty old. I want to see her in something more plunging, more fitted... MORE!

But wow, that color. Really lovely on her.


"Hutchlover said...
First off I have to say... YESSS!

Chicago didn't get the games!

So I agree you there, Lillicat. There's too many other problems in this city like... taxes, kids killing kids in broad daylight, cost of living, deficit, politics, etc etc."


Yes, indeed! Because if there is ONE place on earth where they are not any turf wars, gangs, and kids killing kids...its Rio de Janiero


The billowing pumpkin colored dress was a 6' wersion of a little princess dress for 3 foot tall girl. The style is 50's-60s and today only Oprah or Michelle wear billowing skirts because they are so fat.
Michelle has 0 style sense. She does not understand what to where to any event.

She was totally overdressed in both yellow numbers. The dress on Friday was an ugly coctail dress with an cardigan to top make sure it is really bad style. The event was a business meeting of the IOC, not a fashion show for Michelle. SHe should have worn a sensible business type suit or dress.
All her clothes in DK were awful.


Julie The Vintage Goddess said...
"The Danes are saying that Obama et al (including the First Dingbat) lost because they were perceived as being arrogant and unprepared.


Well that's not a nice reference to your first lady, is it?


The first dress is gorgeous, save the bow and the bland sweater. That dress needs a great little matching tailored jacket.

I agree. The cardigan and the wacky bow did that dress in. I'd also have had her save that dress for the evening event; it was far too "after 5" for the day event.

And since it was the work of His Orangeness, perhaps someone needed to ask: "What was he thinking?"


I am with you 100% on the first ensemble. There really is NO GOOD REASON to wear anything so unflattering when one has a staff and a decent clothes budget.

I didn't mind the 2nd look. I actually liked it above the waist. The skirt was very pretty, but she would have been stunning in a well-cut sheath. Maybe she just enjoyed wearing that dress, wanted to bring a bit of "party."


I actually like both dresses.

Just not on her.

The first one would be lovely at a cocktail party. Not with a cardigan, not during the day, and not on M.O.

The second dress is a beautiful color, and I like the silhouette. It just doesn't quite work on her.


I think the coppery dress is better than the butter yellow, personally. I like it better, because I can see how it could have been great on her, with some tweaking - lower the waist a bit (a rule of thumb that would help most of her outfits of late) and make the skirt tailored, and I think she would've knocked it out of the park. I love the up-do and the bling around the neckline of the dress.


Sunnygirl said...
Hi MouseAnony...Michelle made over $300,000 a year as an executive at University of Chicago Medical Center, while her husband was a US Senator--this does not seem like a couple that had to pinch pennies on clothing.


Sunnygirl, actually, her salary was $120,000 until her husband became a U.S. Senator in 2004, at which time she was made one of the hospital's sixteen vice presidents with a salary of $300,000. In 2000, Barack could barely scrape together the airfare for the Democratic National Convention in California because all their credit cards were maxed out. I'd say that a good chunk of that new salary went to finally buying a house in the Chicago suburbs. The furniture would come later.

Neither Barack nor Michelle came from money, and while they haven't highlighted it, I'd bet that both attended college and law school on substantial scholarships. I think it's quite unfair to snipe at Michelle on the assumption that she's always had money and by now should know how to use it correctly in the wardrobe department. Remember, this duo only finished paying off their college loans two years ago. And that whole thing about Barack wearing the same pair of pants for ten years and being on the campaign trail with holes in his shoes? I think that was a cute story to cover for the fact that they were still catching up, budget-wise, and now had campaign expenses draining the coffers as well. Money for clothes was still very tight, is the impression I got. In fact, I think the 2008 Democratic National Convention was really the first time Michelle allowed herself to say, "Ok, we have some money now, I can actually splurge on some lovely dresses for the girls and myself."

Yes, they have money now because a good percentage of the planet bought Barack's books while he was campaigning. Only now does Michelle have the luxury of money with which to buy some serious duds. But to her credit, she doesn't let that go to her head. She's not wasting a lot of money for everyday events and everyday living, and tries to be adventuresome but still reasonable for diplomatic and state occasions. She's made it clear, by studiously ignoring the sniping from the bypassed top designers of yore, that she ain't about to be spending $20,000 per ball gown for every single White House dinner.

If she did, everything would be smashing. But the Obama family's sudden financial stability would be smashed as well. I love that she sticks to reasonably-priced designer clothing and creates her own style.

Face it, the girl's going to bloop. Anybody that adventurous while still trying to keep to a reasonable budget is going to trip up every now and then.


In fact, Michelle can become a multimillionaire in her own right once her husband leaves office. She can write a book entitled "The Audacity of Bloops: A Fashion Journey."

If it had lots of luscious color photos, I'd definitely buy it.


MouseAnony said...
In fact, Michelle can become a multimillionaire in her own right once her husband leaves office. She can write a book entitled "The Audacity of Bloops: A Fashion Journey."

If it had lots of luscious color photos, I'd definitely buy it.




Me, too. Also, MouseAnony, thanks for putting out some real information.


Oprah looks like a vampire in that picture. That's all I'm saying.


Not loving the first look, and the second look's skirt isn't the issue for me: It's actually the color. Maybe it's just the lighting, but for a "pop goes the color" color it doesn't pop, oddly. It almost washes out! She would have been much better going with a saffron like the color Anne Hathaway wore in an earlier posting.

That said, at least we're talking about it! I do give Michelle huge points for at least going for it - and she really can hit it out of the park on occasion.


Dress#1 - You guys have been saying this forever, but this is the perfect example of how these wide belts worn practically under her boobs give her the oddest body proportions. She looks short-waisted, her chest looks droopy and her bottom half looks lumpy. It's like the mom jeans version of a cocktail dress. Plus, the over-sized bow looks silly on a grown woman. The color I love, though. It's not an easy color to wear, but it looks beautiful on her.

Dress#2 - This dress is horrible. WHO in the world told her that all those pleats would look good on her full-bottomed figure? I'm sorry, but big-wide-pleated skirts belong on a 5 year old, not a grown woman. The color is ok, but I hate those flower things on the neckline.

Hair and make-up look really good in both, though.


I just can't figure out why Madame Obama insists on wearing everything so high-waisted. Who is styling her?


I like the first dress; I just don't like the cardigan. The second dress? I don't dislike the shape as much as the fabric. Still, she has the finest of all accessories...a presidential husband who likes looking at her.


I don't hate them as much as you do. The first dress would've been fine if (1) it had fit her better, (2) had been worn without a cardigan and (3) without a bow and (4) at a different occasion. The second dress would've been fine without the promtastic tulle underskirt. She looks great in glittery copper and gold fabrics and I think she should continue wearing them into Obama's second term. -victoria


With Gotham Tomato 100%

Don't think the first look is bad. I don't care for the cardigan, and I don't think it was necessarily the best daytime choice, but I don't hate it.

I don't think the 2nd look is the best for her, but I think its cool that she rocked it.

And I think the Barack and Michelle Europe PDAs are adorable.


A lower belt.

Shelley, honey, puh-LEEEEZE get rid of the belts.

But I like both dresses. Her skintone is made for these rich bright colors.

But no belts, puh-LEEEEEZE get rid of the belts.


To quote one of the few non-obnoxious utterances of Santino Rice: "Lighten up, it's just fashion."

Even on our first lady.


You fairies need to read my lips :
MICHELLE OBAMA IS NOT A MODEL OR HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY. NEITHER IS SHE A FASHIONISTA OR DESIGNER. SHE IS THE ***** FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES AND SHE HAS MORE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT SATISFYING THE FASHION CRAVINGS OF A BUNCH OF DISGRUNTLED GAY MEN.

Thanks!!!!


@ Lulu

I agree -those3 brooches were disgusting. I think her kids made them from crustaceans, barnacles and such.
We pay $1.6 million for her to have a staff of 20+ and none of them have any sense of style?
Every outfit michelle wore in DK was awful and she was overdressed. Except for the ugly blue tie die dress she wore to see the Queen of DK. In that dress she looked like a secretary from Mad Men.


Oh bless you newsbird and obama/antidotes. Instead of the usual O sycophants, refreshingly honest voices on Tlo.


ObamaAntidote
10/5/09 11:21 PM @ Lulu

I agree -those3 brooches were disgusting. I think her kids made them from crustaceans, barnacles and such.
We pay $1.6 million for her to have a staff of 20+ and none of them have any sense of style?
Every outfit michelle wore in DK was awful and she was overdressed. Except for the ugly blue tie die dress she wore to see the Queen of DK. In that dress she looked like a secretary from Mad Men.





Let's clue in on something: This person has a whole blog dedicated to badmouthing the First Lady.

There were no issues of cost being raised over what Laura Bush wore. You know, the first lady that KILLED somebody?

So this Fox News acolyte spends their time talking about the money they're losing for Michelle Obama, when the MO probably pays more money tipping waiters at restaurants than what the person made all last year.

So the haters come over and want to blame their crappy lives harping about how MO's belt is too high-wasted when its so easy to tell what their REAL gripe about Michelle Obama really is.

She's the first lady, darling, whether you approve or not.


"You fairies need to read my lips :
MICHELLE OBAMA IS NOT A MODEL OR HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY. NEITHER IS SHE A FASHIONISTA OR DESIGNER. SHE IS THE ***** FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES AND SHE HAS MORE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT SATISFYING THE FASHION CRAVINGS OF A BUNCH OF DISGRUNTLED GAY MEN."

Ew. Who invited these horrors to your site TLo? You must've hit the big time, for better & worse.
xoxo, DrSparkles


She looks pregnant in both dresses. Is she preggers?


Wow! The biggest 'ouch' for me is that I know exactly what Shelley is thinking! We loved that Kate Spade-Twiggy/retro look when we were younger and one day we saw a pic of ourselves and realized 'oops, we aren't 23 anymore!' She has great taste, she just hasn't quite been able to move it into 'age appropriate.' I feel the pain - inside we are 25 and outside we are 45 and boys, can't you help her find where the twain shall meet?


Just, thank god for the Obama's. Mrs. O is a beautiful woman - looks good in everything as far as I am concerned.

We can all be happy to finally have a family in the White House that we can truly be proud of. Bless them.





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