Recently I looked at the outfits Mrs Obama has been wearing, celebrating her wonderful wardrobe, showcasing the work of some amazing designers and bringing style back to the White House.
I wanted to have a look specifically at her evening gowns. I just love formal evening dress on Michelle, and her husband looks pretty pleased with himself, and very dapper in a great fitting dinner suit.
I really love the full skirts of the red and orange numbers. It is such a flattering shape on Michelle who is both tall and rather full in the hips. Although I do very much like the grey sparkly number, and I think the big silvery necklace really makes the outfit special.
I think Michelle generally suits the brightest and strongest colours best. I also think if you are the first lady and you have an exuberant personality you really should ramp it up when you are greeting the little man from Paris, France. Michelle looks positively regal in this utterly gorgeous Caroline Herrera gown with its massive, over layered skirt in hyacinth blue, falling from a black waist band, and lovely lace blouse. This is just a fantastic look, showing her body off to perfection and she has chosen colours which almost vibrate. The bouffant skirt minimises her rather large shoulders and this neckline is perfect, making her waist appear tiny. Feminine and gorgeous.
Of course she doesn’t always get it right. Here are some looks that are less successful, in my view.
Although the strong green is a great colour on Michelle, somehow the draped section looks weird and a bit droopy. The jewellery choice is startlingly underwhelming, and the look just too understated.
The two corset dresses in black and teal are basically the same design – a rather slim column skirt with a close-fitting top with dropped shoulder detail. In my previous post I mentioned that knee-length fitted dresses were great on Michelle, but when they are floor length I feel they just emphasise how very tall she is. For evening I personally prefer a long, fuller skirt. The corseted body-con dresses feature better jewellery than the thin silver chain.
The First Lady should look showy and important at these state events. While black is a great colour on Michelle, on its own with a severe hair do she is in danger of looking almost like her husband’s twin. The teal is somewhat better but the colour is not really doing anything for her (compare to the orange and red above). And it might just be me, but with all these three gowns her breast bone looks a bit, well, bony. I would advice a bit more uplift (obviously she’s wearing a better bra in the Herrera dress) or a higher neckline.
What do you think?