First Lady Michelle Obama is inspiring in many ways, but almost every time she dresses for a special occasion, she brings out my cattiness.
This week she’s in London at the G20 summit. The press is raving about her wardrobe, comparing her to Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy. They both must be flipping in their graves.
Givenchy, Chanel, and Oleg Cassini vs. J.Crew® and Jason Wu? Puhleez!
So far, the only lovely outfit Michelle has worn was that bright yellow number upon her arrival in England.
She lucked out when the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, decided to stay home this week. Carla embodies French chic and has the svelte figure to pull it off. She can’t help making Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah and Michelle look frumpier than Laura and Barbara Bush.
Michelle wore this pale green skirt with a beaded and rhinestone cardigan in the morning to visit cancer patients. Could you ever picture Jackie or Diana in that situation in that getup?
Later that day, Michelle donned a black cardigan sweater to meet the Queen of England, and didn’t even attempt a curtsy.
But you know the royals must be chuckling at our new First Lady’s artless fashion gaucherie. She almost makes Camilla look stylish.
At least I haven’t seen Michelle in any more full skirts with petticoats so far, which only look good on someone young enough to pair them with Mary Janes and white, lace-trimmed anklets. (Got that, Sarah Jessica Parker?)
UPDATE: I spoke too soon. Michelle went out with the other G20 wives last night wearing a Carrie Bradshaw denim-colored full skirt with — you guessed it — an Argyle cardigan and those Marge Simpson beads.
Let’s face it, Michelle’s warm, friendly, super-smart, and has the arms of a boxer, but she’s got issues. Pencil skirts and pastels aren’t her friends. She should wear vivid colors and body-skimming styles — and lose those lousy cardigans — to play up her assets.