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July 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. President: The Top 50 Get-Ups of Michelle Obama, Part 1

Filed under: taste — Tags: — edge of the sandbox @ 9:48 am

Get your party hats from Homeless and Conservative, and come celebrate Dear Leader’s Birthday with Michelle Obama fashion retrospective.  I’ll try to post daily, but given that my kids’ naps are withering away, I can’t promise.

50.  Let’s start with authentic Michelle.  Before millions were poured into the “next Jackie’s” wardrobe she wore this:

June 2007.

Already present is her trademark bad judgment: jacket cuts off at the hip, her most problematic area, and the embroidery draws further attention to it.  The slimmest part of her body, somewhere between her navel and her breasts, is obscured.  The choice of color is predictable, which is not bad for a political wife, but that’s no fashionista.  Embroidery looks cheap and cheesy.  There is nothing imaginative about this suit, no interesting design choices, at least not in 2007.  No wonder she ran into so many problems with avant garde fashion!  On the plus side, she didn’t wear tacky jewelry.

49.  Here is Lady O’s 2011 white suit makeover:

Michelle Obama fashion

June 14 fundraiser at a Berkeley spa.

You can see that one job was created by Obama Administration — that of MO’s stylist.  But since previous FLOTUS’s also had stylists, this merely falls under “jobs saved”.  I have no idea if business casuals are appropriate at presidential fundraisers, but the people inside the banquet hall look dressed up.  The patterned skirt draws too much attention to her thighs, a familiar theme with the amply-hipped FLOTUS.  MO insists on hemming her skirts right above her knees, but her knees are a bit thick.

Plus, this is a “cute” look.  It’s bad enough that “kinetic military action” and debt ceiling debate made BO seem powerless and out of his depth, his wife looks like she’s going through a mid-life crisis.

48. Just when you think that cute is her thing, she goes out and wears a dom belt.  What does that make her husband, our President, technically speaking the Leader of the Free World?

dominatrix belt

June 2008.

47. Continuing with the B&D theme.  A nurse:

Michlle Obama FLOTUS

July 2011.

46.  Russian schoolgirl:

Michelle Obama style

September 2010.

45.  Mmm… a bag?

michelle obama bag

Must be one of those spring 2011 vacations.

44.  Here is another recent treat.

Michelle Obama fashion
June 2011 appearance for Lets Move campaign.

Let’s Move… in water?  Because I see scales.

43.  Continuing with the FLOTUS mermaid theme:

Michelle Obama

May 2011.

Sequin fish is all the rage at the White House.  Whether it’s spring fever or something in the water, don’t worry your pretty little head: Global warming is the cause.

42.  Somebody please stop telling Michelle she’s got nice arms because a) it’s not a big deal, and b) she’s the only bare-shouldered person in this picture.  She looks like she’s ready to take her daughters to the beach, but adults are going to the office.  If her hubby counts for an adult, that is.  She certainly stands out — in a wrong way.  It’s been a while since she went sleeveless, and no, she didn’t start a trend.  Time to hang it up.


March 2011.

41.  Whether or not wearing an entire wedding cake for a skirt counts for Lets Move points, it doesn’t do much for Lady O’s hips.


August 2010.

UPDATE: Linked by Political Junkie Mom — thank you!



  1. oiy! class whatsoever ~!

    Comment by Angel — July 30, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  2. Hahaha nice post Edge.

    There have got to be some boob belt get-ups in the next segment.

    Comment by KingShamus — July 31, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    • King,

      heathermc, Thank you for stopping by. You are absolutely right. She doesn’t seem to know what works for her. And yes, she can take that top and dress it up with a simple well-tailored pencil skirt, black or brown, and without that belt of course. As it is, that dress should not be worn by anyone over 25.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 31, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

  3. you have a great idea for a game here: dress up Michelle so that she won’t look foolish. Properly dressed, she could look quite ok.

    First, lengthen those skirts to just below the knee. I like the tight waist in the Russian get-up, but the skirt just doesn’t work well with her build, which is heavy below her waist. Her legs are long and could be a great advantage if shown off properly.

    Anyway. That skirt with the sequins has to go.

    Comment by heathermc — July 31, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

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