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August 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. President: The Top 50 Get Ups of Michelle Obama, Part 3

Filed under: taste — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:28 am

These babies are hard to assemble.  For instance, I wrote about the White House mermaid, but I completely forgot about the one who went to India.

30.  Mermaid silhouette — check.  Fish scale — check.  A mermaid silhouette is hard to do, even for women with smaller bottoms.  A shiny mermaid silhouette is practically undoable.

November 2010.

What do I know about respecting religion and culture, maybe Indian men like their women amply endowed.

29.  Speaking of which, this look was termed “respecting religion and culture” at a FLOTUS fan site.

michelle obama fashion

November 2010. readers don’t see it that way, and, frankly, Michelle doesn’t look like she’s having fun either, which is a good thing.  She probably had to cover her head, but she didn’t have to go native with the ugly shapeless suit.  I don’t think a First Lady should put herself in a position where tabloids would ask the populace to rate her wardrobe.

38.  Another missed body type don’t:

August 2009.

The skirt is too short and voluminous.  The fabric pattern is Alice in Wonderland.  Notice that a too heavy pin pulls down the top.

37.  This shot belongs to my B&D segment.  Catholic discipline:

Michelle Obama style

January 2011 at a Kennedy-related funeral.

A little bit of schoolgirl, a little bit of dom.  Tight.  Very tight.  LA punk band Catholic Discipline appeared In Decline of Western Civilization.  Here is their very relevant NSW commentary on style and politics:

Michelle Obama alleges that she wants to champion small “artisan” fashion houses?  Well, they are punks.

36.  She’s on the Death Rock side, our FLOTUS.  Consider this black mesh:


May 2011.

That’s at a Downing Street military families BBQ.  I imagine the Brits thought that, well, one look Michelle loves is the garden party look, and she wears it everywhere.  So why not do her a favor and throw a garden party?  Dear Lady is probably thinking, “F*** you, British military families.  I’m going to dress up for a Holiday party.”  The dress is from the Fall-Winter 2010 Tracy Reese collection.  Also, lets play spot the FLOTUS underwear.

35.  This boob belt appearance reminds me of a joke we used to tell in the Soviet Union.  A matronly lady goes to a tailor and orders a dress.  The tailor takes her measurements and asks: “Sooo… where shall we do the waistline?”

michelle obama

July 2009.

The new First Lady is entertained by Medvedev’s wife while PLOTUS is being taken for a fool by Putin.

Speaking of respecting culture and religion, in Russia bright colors are associated with New Russians (note the greys worn by the tour guide).  Of course, if Russians decide that Obamas are nouveau-riche show offs, they’d be right.

34.  Having figured out the schoolgirl look, Michelle graduated to school teacher.  Only the skirt is too tight in the hips.  I can’t figure out how this can happen to a couture-fitted pencil skirt.  Also file under “Pierrot”.

Obama style

December 2010.

33.  She’s a Gold Medal (in a cardigan)!  At the Nobel “Peace” Prize ceremony:

Michelle Obama fashion

December 2009.

When you are on the hefty side, steer clear of shiny fabrics, especially when your man is skinny.  Plus, what’s with the Amazon boob on the right?

32.  Another Oslo “huh?”


November 2009.

Effortlessly switching from one precious metal to another, MO lets her famed hips shine above yet another wedding cake skirt at the Nobel Prize party.

31.  Talk about global!

global flotus

September 2010.

The cut is actually flattering.  I know, I’m also into mismatching colors and patterns.  My favorite is A Children’s Place.  They stay with the same color scheme every season year after year.  Although designs are busy, busy, busy, no matter when you buy the clothing and how junior manages to assemble it, it will kind of work.  Seriously, though, I love Anthropologie, and I wear frayed looks and I’m not matchy-matchy, but I avoid unflattering cuts, and there is a world of difference between an unexpected splash of color and toddler couture.

Much Avant Garde fashion is tongue in cheek, although some in the fashion world can no longer tell the difference between the world of clothes and the real life.  It’s not like no couturier never thought that he’s Hitler.  It’s healthy for a political wife to distance herself from that kind of scene.  In any event, Michelle Obama doesn’t strike me as a particularly ironic kind of gal.

When FLOTUS wears the above outfit to a political event, she sends a message that she’s not taking this event seriously, or else is that she’s not serious person; she just wants to be noticed.  The lady is pushing 50.  So, as heathermc suggests, lets take this outfit and reassemble it.  The top is fine, she can take it to a garden party.  The bottom will make a nice blouse, maybe even for the Clinton Global Initiative, maybe even with a touch of whimsy, if she wants it to be her thang, although she looks out of her depth with this type of styling, but it needs a well-tailored understated grey or blue suit to set it off.

UPDATE: Linked by Political Junkie Mom — Thanks!


  1. She doesn’t realize that she is mired in bad taste, and there is no one around her that can ‘suggest’ anything better for her and be listened to. I think this is an indicator of an incredibly strong ego. In the Middle Ages, Michelle’s major sin would be that of “pride”.

    She has so much money, and is one of the most photographed women in America, so why does she allow herself to look like trash.

    But then, she gave Queen Elizabeth II of England a great big hug.

    Comment by heathermc — August 2, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  2. That December 2010 photo looks like an angry Nancy Reagan. Especially that long bow thingy.

    Comment by Harrison — August 2, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  3. Heathermc,
    It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it? Or why her bottoms never fit? I understand she doesn’t have a standard body, but now she has the chance to alter everything, or even make to order.

    LOL! Except Nancy wouldn’t have the bow come down to her pubes.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — August 3, 2011 @ 8:26 am

  4. I’m pretty amazed at the sheer volume of problem-fashion photos. I’ve never paid attention to fashion before, so reckon it’s natural that I’ve not paid attention to First Lady fashion.

    But she . . . she’s actually a fashion disaster, isn’t she? I mean, you’ve chosen the top 50, but could you go beyond that number if you wanted?

    If you aren’t running out of examples, you should just make this a regular theme, like Flotus Fashion Friday or something . . .

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — August 3, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    • It think it’s the sheer number of flops coupled with pretense. Everybody makes a fashion faux pas here or there, but Mobama is a disaster. Plus, she makes rookie mistakes, like wearing a too heavy brochure with a light dress, and has tacky ideas, like gold and silver for the “Peace” Prize.
      I’m actually going to go over 50 examples. She’s a gift that keeps on giving…

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — August 3, 2011 @ 10:58 am

  5. But…but…but….our objective press keeps telling us plebes that she is the most fashionable and beautiful woman in the world. Surely they can’t be biased?

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — August 3, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    • Infidel, if a Republican First Lady were to dress like this, the media would be at her throat, and fashion industry would change to black and grey maxis. They’d practically make women look like nuns, and say that it’s all because of recession and the evil Republicans. Of course, if a Republican FLOTUS would show up in an ill-fitting ridiculous get up once or twice, political consultants would tell her to chill.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — August 3, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

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  10. The woman has no taste. She wears outfits that do not compliment her figure in any way whatsoever. An affinity or obsession with umpire & high waisted looks plus the cardigans that look monstrous on her.
    Fashion 101:
    Girl- just because an outfit is designer and looks good on a model, doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on u.

    Comment by aldridk — April 1, 2012 @ 9:04 am

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