The fashion scrutiny of Michelle Obama has begun, and I hope she stays as on-track as she did yesterday during the Obama’s meeting at the White House. Michelle’s dress appears to be based on the same sloper as the blue Maria Pinto design she wore to the convention. This version has a different neckline, bodice (set in sleeves instead of dolman) and sleeve length, and also is not as skin-tight as the first version. I also detect a set of discreet shoulder pads, which balance out her wide hips. The raised wiast looks good on her because she is short-waisted for her height; if you compare her waist length to that of Laura Bush they are actually quite close, and Laura Bush is much shorter. The hem length is perfect and I love that she did not go with black pumps, which of course is the cliche way out. This dress also appears to be a knit, which means no wrinkles; a great choice since the Obama’s probably came straight from Regan National to the White House (notice that the President elect has some, ahem, crotch wrinkles in his trousers from the flight.) I think Laura Bush’s choice of color may have been intentional; perhaps she didn’t want to steal any thunder from the Obama’s. But she looks really matronly in that design unfortunately, and the poor lady sorely needs a better fitting bra.
The Obama’s are also wearing red, white and blue: a subtle and perfect color metaphor. Michelle has clearly taken a page from the Jackie Kennedy/Nancy Regan book of White House fashion: figure out what works for you, and stick with it!