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Michelle Obama Style: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Pron friends, I have seen the past few weeks in First Lady Fashion and I am not amused.  The Belt of Doom is back; actually every belt of doom is back, I’m seeing awful black pant…things, and jewelry that threatens to eat the entire country.  March had not been a kind month to Michelle Obama, my little pr0n pears and then…just when all hope was lost.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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This month, Michelle Obama had the honor of being the first person ever to share the cover of O Magazine with Oprah Winfrey.

Michelle Obama on O Magazine

Michelle Obama on O Magazine

My first impression was that she looked fantastic.  Overall, that’s still true.  It’s a beautiful photograph of a beautiful woman, but there are really significant styling problems.

The colors together are gorgeous; vibrant coral and lemon yellow look great on the First Lady, and the whole thing just makes me feel happy all over.  The open neckline flatters her face.

The first problem is that awful belt that she wore when serving food to the homeless.  I’m sure the homeless had better things to worry about than her belt, but surely at O Magazine a very polite stylist could have guided her gently away from it.

It’s some sort of clear red wide plastic belt horror. “It came from the ’80s!!”  The rest of the problem is apparently the length of the cardigan.

What’s happening is that because the cardigan goes over her hips, it emphasizes rather than flatters or ignores.  In combination with the sweater, the belt chops her in the middle, making her look heavier .

But don’t take my word for it; see what the outfit could have looked like with a shorter sweater and no belt or with the belt, thanks to a great photoshop job by my friend LaynieLink, at my direction.  We make a good team.  Actually, with a shorter sweater and that coral dress, the belt…isn’t that bad.  Don’t hurt me.

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Michelle Obama at Arlington National Cemetary

Mrs. Obama is wearing a variation on the same style here at Arlington National Cemetery.

I almost really like this outfit.  I love the layering of colors and fabrics that she’s using; the overall idea of this outfit is really very chic.

Can you spot the problem?  Once again her sweater is too long for her, and instead of hanging straight it’s pulling at the buttons.  That’s a sign of a poor fit.

No matter how cute those trendy “boyfriend” sweaters are, if it doesn’t fit over your hips, it doesn’t fit. There will be other sweaters.  Your blogger promises.

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Michelle Obama at Ted Kennedy

Michelle Obama at Ted Kennedy

Here’s where things start to go terribly terribly wrong.  In this picture the President and First Lady are at Senator Ted Kennedy’s birthday party .

She appears to be wearing a piñata, combined with I don’t even know what for necklaces.  Here’s a closeup.

Michelle Obama Vintage Necklaces

Michelle Obama Vintage Necklaces

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According to the First Lady’s Press Secretary, these are vintage pieces.  Lovies, sometimes “vintage” is just another word for “old”.

I like the dangly blue necklace as a piece by itself, but it doesn’t work with what she’s wearing (what would??).  The yellow thing. I…I’m speechless.  I have no idea.  I don’t know what it is, what it was, what it’s supposed to be.  My apologies to Senator Kennedy.

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Michelle Obama at school

Michelle Obama at school

This week Mrs. Obama visited a school in one of the worst neighborhoods in Washington, DC to talk about growing up, and education, and First Daughters Malia and Sasha.

Can anyone tell me why she’s dressed like the Mother of the Bride Goes to a Funeral?  I just don’t get this outfit at all.

She’s wearing what may or may not be a pants suit.  The jacket looks like a raw silk, but the pants look like a smooth satin.  The whole thing looks like a fussy, too old, weird, ill-fitting mess.

Why is she wearing black in the daytime to a high school? What is that thing attacking her shoulder?  Why is she wearing tapered leg pants and why can’t she get cuter flats?

I care too much, I know.  It just kills me to see such a stunning woman take such strange fashion left turns.  *sigh* One day, my little pr0n pies.  One day people will listen to me.

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Michelle Obama at Fort Bragg

Michelle Obama at Fort Bragg

The outfit Mrs. Obama wore to Fort Bragg in North Carolina is equally puzzling.

Again with the long cardigan/belt combination, black pants – possibly the same she wore to school? and a white button down shirt underneath.

There’s classic and then there’s boring.  I’m so bored I’m falling asleep (and not because it’s nearly midnight as I write this).  Why black??  Don’t our troops deserve to be cheered up?  How about brown?  Brown is a serious color, but it’s still a color.

Why not add a colorful necklace here?  Or a colorful belt (though I’m still not crazy about this belt phase she’s going through).  Her face is glowing and radiant; I can’t say the same for her outfit.

Honestly she looks like she’s going to sit shiva.  Or maybe it’s me.

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I’m delighted to be able to end this post on a high note.  Today Mrs. Obama went to the ground-breaking of the new White House kitchen vegetable garden.  I could cry tears of joy.

Michelle Obama White House Kitchen Groundbreaking

Michelle Obama White House Vegetable Garden Groundbreaking

Mrs. Obama arrived in an oversized sweater/dress over a black turtleneck, and black leggings and paired with a black belt and black patent leather boots.

Here’s why it all works.  Without the belt, the sweater would look shapeless, keeping the outfit monochrome makes the whole thing long and lean, and overall it’s a a chic, relaxed style.  Personally I’d have exchanged the patent leather boots for a good pair of waterproof Wellies; this is DC in March we’re talking about after all, but no matter.

I’m giving this outfit an A. That’s right, this outfit takes the cake.  Well played, Mrs. Obama; our Shopping Pr0n hats are off to you.

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That’s all for tonight my pr0n pecans.  More tomorrow!

Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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All photos courtesy of the AP and the Huffington Post

Outfits of the Day Pr0n: Michelle Obama & You

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!

Michelle Obama Velvet Pantsuit & Flats

Michelle Obama Velvet Pantsuit & Flats

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.

Doin' It Obama Style

Pant Suit Options - Based on Mrs. Obama's Black Velvet Pant Suit


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.

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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.

Michelle Obama's outfit at Miriam's Kitchen

Michelle Obama's outfit at Miriam's Kitchen

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.

Michelle Obama in Pink

Recreating First Lady's Outfit from Miriam's Kitchen

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.

Anyway!  I hope you enjoyed this “White House to Your House” edition of Outfit of the Day Pr0n.  Check out more First Lady Fashion in White House Portrait Pr0n, White House Pr0n and Inaugural Pr0n.

As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

Photos of Michelle Obama are courtesy of The Huffington Post,

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White House Portrait Pr0n

Greetings my little pr0n pudding cups!  It’s an exciting day here in Washington, DC for we are preparing for a SNOWPOCALYPSE.  We may get 5 or more inches of snow – unheard of!  Your dear blogger is very excited if you can’t tell.  In other Nation’s Capitol news, the official White House Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama has been unveiled.  Let’s have a look.

Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait

Michelle Obama Official White House Portrait

All due respect, that is one smokin’ First Lady.  I mean, she’s like the anti-Barbara Bush (just sayin’!).  Okay, time to put on our fashionista caps and give it a critical eye.  Good hair?  Check.  Natural smile?  Check.  Now this is interesting, she’s wearing a sleeveless dress,  but instead of the arm seams going straight up and down, they curve like a capital C and backwards capital C. It’s an interesting detail, and a flattering one.  Any other experienced fashionistas out there know about this style?

Apparently the dress was designed by American designer Michael Kors, so maybe we’ll get details later.  I’d guess it’s a black wool of some sort.  I’m seeing a drop waist seam below her hips, are you?  Of course we can’t see the length of the dress, but we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume it ends at the knee.

This is an A+ portrait, and had it been a photograph, it would have been a Home Run, too.  Her week in fashion overall has been more uneven.

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Narcisso Rodriguez

First Lady Michelle Obama in Narcisso Rodriguez

Here she is at the President’s Congressional Address in plum Narcisso Rodriguez.  She apparently caused quite a kerfuffle by showing up to this event sleeveless.

What can I say, DC is a little stuffy fashion wise.  Does that matter to you, my pr0n pineapples?  What say you, is sleeveless in this situation inappropriate or modern?

There’s a lot to like about this outfit.  The color is perfect, and I love the contrast in textures.  But, is it me or is this fitting her poorly?

I’m seeing that the blouse part seems to be er…blousing strangely, and the skirt looks too big.  Not that I expect what she wears to be skin tight, but you’d think the White House has tailors, no?


Michelle Obama in Kai Milla Emerald Trapeze Dress

Michelle Obama in Kai Milla Emerald Trapeze Dress

On the other hand I love the emerald trapeze dress designed by Stevie Wonder’s wife, Kai Milla.  She wore this to the dinner and Stevie Wonder concert at the White House.

I know I said in White House Pr0n that I don’t like true jewel tones on the First Lady, but every rule has an exception, right?

Pr0ners, this is how you do a “young” style, and not look ridiculous.  It’s all too easy when wearing a trapeze or baby doll style to look like you’ve just stepped out of kindergarten, or are a shapeless lump.  Here though, Mrs. Obama looks fresh and young without being age inappropriate.

The dress is accentuated with a wide black ribbon at the empire waistline, which breaks up the dress nicely, and breaks up her torso nicely.  Her jewelry is lusciously simple: a diamond cuff bracelet, and earrings.

I’ll give it an A.  It’s not my most favorite style on her, but it works and it’s charming.  I can’t complain.

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I have several complaints about this Jason Wu dress, and with the exception of her Inaugural Ballgown, this seems to be a theme with me and him.  Next time on Shopping Pr0n: Grudgematch, Dinsquared vs. Jason Wu! :D

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu

I don’t hate all of this dress; in fact, I love the style.  I like the neckline, I like the bodice pleating detail, and I don’t even mind that it’s below the knee; I think it works here.

My problem is with the color and pattern.  Bright purple with dark purple polka dots?  Really, Jason Wu?  Jason Wu, really?

Is this flattering to you, peanuts?  I don’t think the color does anything for her skin; it’s too bright and the dots are just distracting.

Grudgingly, I’m giving this outfit a B+.  I really do like the style and the concept.  As I like to say: right style, wrong execution.


Here she is on the cover of this week’s People Magazine with a new hairdo. Cute!  Sadly, Dinsquared does not approve of the dress she’s chosen.

First Lady Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese

First Lady Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese

Remember how I said I liked the Kai Milla dress because it had that big black band to break it up?  That’s the first reason I don’t like this dress.

When she wears an empire waist with nothing else to break up the outfit, she looks disproportionately long (I’ve said this before.  Nobody listens to me.)

Look at the Jason Wu – it’s probably a natural waist, which breaks her up into equal sections.  The Narcisso Rodriguez is a high waist, but not as high as this, and it has the difference in textures to break up the line, and the black Michael Kors has a barely perceivable drop waist, which again breaks her into equal sections.

The second problem I have with this dress is the color.  No more wire hangers bright colors!  This is bright pink.  This should be a dull rose.

Third, and throw things if you must, I just don’t like the dress.  I usually love Tracy Reese, but this does nothing for me.  Final Grade: B.

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I’m pleased to tell you all that I’ve saved the best for last.  I hope you’re sitting down for this (Of course you’re sitting down. Who stands up at a computer?) because she’s wearing sleeves.

First Lady Michelle Obama at the Transportation Dept

First Lady Michelle Obama at the Transportation Dep't

I kid!  I kid!  She’s got great arms; if she can stay warm going sleeveless in DC in February, more power to her.

Sadly, I have no designer information here.  I can only say that she is wearing a grey and black houndstooth suit with a black mock turtleneck, and a large pearl brooch.  I’m lovin’ it!

Never fear, for according to my sources her hair is merely pinned back, not cut.  What’s really interesting to me is how little makeup she’s wearing.  It’s not that she ever wears lots of makeup, but she’s wearing remarkably little here.  Thumbs up for a natural, professional look.

I don’t have any full length photos, but there’s nothing that would lead me to believe there’s a thing wrong with this outfit, except maybe her usual dumpy shoes (I said don’t throw things!)

Keeping that in mind, I’m going to knock off a few points and give this a Final Grade of A, rather than A+.

All photos here are courtesy of The Huffington Post, except for the People magazine cover, which is courtesy of People Magazine.  Thanks!


I hope you enjoyed this second, no – third! post on Michelle Obama.  My first was Inaugural Pr0n.  I enjoy bringing you these posts because the First Lady has so much spectacular fashion pr0n potential.  Don’t you think?

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Until next time.  It was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?
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