Welcome to the weekend, pr0n pineapples! On Monday we had 6-8″ of snow here in Washington, DC; this weekend it may hit 75. Change she is a coming. Change is coming to the White House too, where First Lady Michelle Obama wore a black velvet pants suit to a White House dinner Wednesday!
Today in Shopping Pr0n we’ll look at that suit, and the fashion she wore to volunteer later in the week, and I’ll show you options for wearing both styles on your own. Yay!
Okay, how cute are they? Have you ever seen a happier First Couple? Anyway, I give Michelle lots and lots of fashion points here (I can give fashion points to whomever I want. They’re my points.) Even if I think the outfit is a touch boring, I applaud her for wearing something fashionable and comfortable. Never let anyone tell you that looking stylish has to be uncomfortable, poppies! It simply isn’t so.
I like the cut of the suit, and I think it fits her well although I’m not a huge fan of the skinny ankle/baggy thigh thing that’s going on here. I like the 3/4 length sleeves, the cuff bracelet, and the brooch. Where the outfit loses me is the black thing that’s underneath. I really would have liked something else here, maybe a blouse or a cami, but not more black.
What are your options for wearing this style? Let’s look.
Remember that velvet is usually a winter fabric, and it’s tough to wear. It’s a testament to how fit the First Lady is that she makes this work. What I’ve found are several well cut tuxedo jackets and pants, all available at Bluefly.com. Most of these are in “sateen”, which will look crisp and a little shiny. A little shiny is okay for evening.
For underneath, the one piece of all black I chose is this incredible stretch satin black bustier from D&G by Dolce & Gabbana. The pink and gold lace camisoles are both from Leigh Bantivoglio at Bluefly.com. There’s a wide selection and they’re all stunning.
Also take a moment to see the Armani Collezioni Asian Print Camisole at Nordstrom. We should all be so lucky to have one exquisite piece like this. Finally I chose a super long double strand of grey pearls – but anything delicate and/or shiny would work- and a couple of fun brooches.
It’s actually a super easy look to put together according to your style preferences and price point. Wear any delicate shoe: dressy sandals, flats or heels, preferably in black or a metallic.
On Thursday, Mrs. Obama volunteered her time serving food at Miriam’s Kitchen, an invaluable resource in Washington that provides meals, case management services and housing support. Michelle almost hit 100%, wearing a v-neck pink cardigan with a white ruffled shirt underneath, a pair of black pants, and a red and clear belt with brown pumps.
I love the look of this outfit. She’s chic and casual and looks very much her. The cardigan is a great color for her, I like the contrast of the white shirt against her skin, and the pants (which you can see here) are a good style and fit. But the belt. OH the belt. WHY??? What IS that??? It’s clear and it’s red and it’s awful! I thought stuff like that went out in the ’80s! I weep, pr0n stars. I weep.
Let’s look at how easy this outfit is to put together on your own.
I found a bright pink plus-size v-neck cardigan from Calvin Klein at Bloomingdales, brown wool wide-leg pants at Bluefly from Susana Monaco, the white ruffle shirt is Banana Republic. I have to talk about these shoes! I want these shoes! They’re from SimplySoles.com, and the designer is Chie Mihara. “Saco” is $99, they’re 3.5″ heels, made in Spain and OMG they’re near my house! *squeals with delight* Sorry, I digress. The belt is Cole-Haan, from Nordstrom. Cole-Haan knows leather.
Actually, everything in this set is under $100, except for the pants which are $101 and change, I think. You could get every piece here for under $50 – piece of cake. Try Target, try H&M, try the Limited, and stalk sales.
Just the other day I was at Loehmann’s and I got my very first piece of Lily Pulitzer: a sweater in the same pink as above which retailed for $158; I got it for $40. Patience and persistence are virtues. :)
.Congratulations! Now you look just like Michelle Obama! Or…mostly. Except for that whole First Lady thing.
As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?
Photos of Michelle Obama are courtesy of The Huffington Post,