Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan

Posted on May 14, 2011

Shelley O wore an eye-popping Naeem Khan skirt to a student poetry workshop at the White House and it gives us a chance to tell you our take on color matching. Isn’t that exciting? Isn’t Mrs. Obama lucky to hear our thoughts on her color-matching skills? We have no illusions that she actually reads us, but we love the idea anyway. Maybe Sasha or Malia reads us and informs her of our opinions. “Mom! Those two bitches said your belt was ugly the other day!”

“Girls, what did I tell you about the internet? It’s full of crazy people. Now go out on the south lawn and get some fresh air.”

Naeem Khan Spring 2009 Collection [Not exact match]
Model: Elena Sudakova

A gorgeous skirt, amirite? Totally wrong choice for a top. Oh sure, it matches the skirt pretty perfectly, but this was just about the least interesting way to go. When you’re color-matching, it’s always a better idea to pick up on one of the less obvious colors in the piece rather than simply matching the dominant color. What she’s wearing works, but it doesn’t really add anything to the look.  That skirt has a ton of gorgeous, vibrant colors. Personally, we would have advised her to pick a top that matched one of the greens or blues or even that tiny strip of maroon. Look at her shoes. That’s what we’re talking about. They pick up on the greens in the skirt. When you match to one of the less dominant colors, it gives the illusion of contrast but also gives a sense of harmony to the look. It’s much more pleasing to the eye when you do it that way.

Still, we love the skirt and we love that a First Lady is wearing it. Well done, Mrs. O.

Sasha and Malia, tell your mom what we said, mmkay?

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

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  • Macasilver

    Also the rich pink of the skirt works a lot better with her skin than the muted pink of the top. What about a white top?

    • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

      I agree, the top actually ruined this for me. 

  • Mac

    Also the rich pink of the skirt works a lot better with her skin than the muted pink of the top. What about a white top?

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    So are you saying she should have had a top that was one color–let’s say the “tiny strip of maroon” you singled out–and the green shoes, too?  I don’t know……maybe my visual imagination skills are limited but that seems like a lot of different colors to me, and would end up detracting from the fabulosity of the skirt. 

    Not a fan of all the bangle bracelets.  I would rather have seen a killer pair of earrings.  She gets photographed so much from the waist up (standing behind podiums) that it seems she’d get a lot more punch from wonderful earrings or a pin than she does from bracelets.

    But I totally agree on how wonderful it is that she is wearing that skirt!  Go, Shelley!

  • Anonymous

    So are you saying she should have had a top that was one color–let’s say the “tiny strip of maroon” you singled out–and the green shoes, too?  I don’t know……maybe my visual imagination skills are limited but that seems like a lot of different colors to me, and would end up detracting from the fabulosity of the skirt. 

    Not a fan of all the bangle bracelets.  I would rather have seen a killer pair of earrings.  She gets photographed so much from the waist up (standing behind podiums) that it seems she’d get a lot more punch from wonderful earrings or a pin than she does from bracelets.

    But I totally agree on how wonderful it is that she is wearing that skirt!  Go, Shelley!

  • scottyf

    Thanks for the mini lesson on color matching! I seem to be buying a lot of plaid shorts for summer, and that tidbit really helps.

    Just for fun, I took a copy of the first and fourth pic and desaturated the color in the top. I then replaced it with some of the other colors in the skirt. I have to say that I wasn’t as pleased with the combinations. They were congruent, but they also kept my eye bouncing from top to bottom. Maybe that’s your point: I was looking at the whole outfit as opposed simply to the opulence of the skirt. But with her selection, my eye almost saw the ensemble as a dress, which made sense to me.

    Oh, and Sasha and Malia would never curse you to their mother.

    They would simply get one of the gay Secret Service members to take. you. out.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      I too thought it was a dress at first glance.  I wish you could post your photoshop musings, I’d love to see them!

      • scottyf

        For a nurse–anything! :-)

        They’re not very good…don’t have time to tweak (I’m at work being surreptitious), but they’ll do for comparison.

        Mrs. Obama in many colors

        • http://profiles.google.com/nancy.waldman nancy waldman

           Interesting! Thanks for posting. The red works best. I’m surprised.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

           The middle one would have been PERFECTION!

        • Cheri

           Now that is just plain cool.  Can you do that every time we are considering colors?  I think the red works best too, and I would NOT have picked red had you not done that.  I was thinking the light blue was the way to go until you did your magic.  With a red top, the green shoes would have to go (Christmas).  Which is a shame.  Metallic shoes?

        • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

          I like the red or the olive green (occasionally matching is not a bad thing).  Don’t go getting in trouble on our behalf, Scotty, but thanks for the fun diversion!  Sorry you’re working on a Saturday  :-(   As a nurse I’ve had my share of that particular kind of pain.  Hugs!

        • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

          Very nice work!  I like the light blue (?) one on the far right best, as my choice would have been white on top.  I love the Brecht quote, too. 

        • CJ

          Ooh, thanks, that’s cool!  I like the red or sort of purply-maroon color; something in the same family as the dominant skirt color without being a match. I would have guessed a bright blue.

        • Caaro1947

          Hey, ScottyF,I’m a nurse too and I want to thank you for your sweet reply to NurseEllen.  I like the purple substitution you did.  It looks good with the skirt, shoes and the beautiful Shelley O’s skin tones.  TLo’s Michelle Obama post are my favorites!

        • Lori

          Thanks, that’s so cool!   I love love love the way the purple looks, and the red looks great too.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Beautiful work, Scotty – definitely the MVP post of the day!  The purple one would look amazing on her, especially with the shoes!

        • Judy S

          Thanks for these!. I agree with you though that her choice was strongest for the situation. Red Carpet, maybe a different color. I like the maroon best.

        • Too-opinionated

          Actually, I think you did a fine job! My faves are the last two – the light blue might not have seemed quite ‘serious enough’ for the occasion, but what an impact it would have had for summer! For the occasion, tho, the 2nd last – the maroon? – might have been best.  

        • guest

           Wow, thanks!  It seems like a color within the same family as the dominant pink would work the best.  The red and the purple look the best.  Though, I think her own pink was a decent choice.  Thanks for doing this!

        • SMM

          That one in blue looks so much like one of my mother’s favourite outfits! Just because of that, I lean toward the blue.

        • Modeniete

          Ha! Knew it would be the red, and I’m not anywhere near fabulous. She just always looks good in red.

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      Oh, those guys again!  They’re just taking out all the bitches! ;-)

    • Pamela L.

      Thank you for doing that, I liked the turquoise.

    • PatBiswanger

      Thank you so much for posting that, ScottyF!  It’s fascinating.  I still like the pink, but the maroon does work really well too. 

  • scottyf

     Thanks for the mini lesson on color matching! I seem to be buying a lot of plaid shorts for summer, and that tidbit really helps.

    Just for fun, I took a copy of the first pic and desaturated the color in the top. I then replaced it with some of the other colors in the skirt. I have to say that I wasn’t as pleased with the combinations. They were congruent, but they also kept my eye bouncing from top to bottom. Maybe that’s your point: I was looking at the whole outfit as opposed simply to the opulence of the skirt. But with her selection, my eye almost saw the ensemble as a dress, which made sense to me.

    Oh, and Sasha and Malia would never curse you to their mother.

    They would simply get one of the gay Secret Service members to take you out.

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

    Perhaps it’s an outfit compromise, ya know?  Like she can’t be all things to all people, so she wears the skirt for herself and the boring top for middle-America, lest they don’t start thinking she’s too ‘fancy’.

    I want to know more about the designer- that dress, and the shot of the back of the coat- wow!

    • Sheryl

       I agree. Mrs. Obama isn’t on the red carpet. She is fulfilling official duties and must err on the side of conservatism every.single.time.

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

    Perhaps it’s an outfit compromise, ya know?  Like she can’t be all things to all people, so she wears the skirt for herself and the boring top for middle-America, lest they don’t start thinking she’s too ‘fancy’.

    I want to know more about the designer- that dress, and the shot of the back of the coat- wow!

  • CortneyTree

    That skirt would have languished in my closet forever if I bought it and then tried to match the pink with a top (the First Lady naturally doesn’t have to worry about that, but for my own practicalities sake….), I would have gone with a top that matched the light, buttery yellow.  But, hey, I can pull off that color.  I look like death in rose pink…

  • CortneyTree

    That skirt would have languished in my closet forever if I bought it and then tried to match the pink with a top (the First Lady naturally doesn’t have to worry about that, but for my own practicalities sake….), I would have gone with a top that matched the light, buttery yellow.  But, hey, I can pull off that color.  I look like death in rose pink…

  • Anonymous

     I think the problem is the tank top itself. It’s just a big, flat, dull plane, and way too casual. But what a gorgeous skirt!

  • BrooklynBomber

     I think the problem is the tank top itself. It’s just a big, flat, dull plane, and way too casual. But what a gorgeous skirt!

    • jessamyn

      Yes. It’s waaaaay too casual. From the closeups I think it’s actually made of a good-quality lightweight sweater jersey, but the fact is that it almost reads “wifebeater.” To complement that heavy, intensely textured skirt, I think you need either to find a very structured and fitted top, or go in the other direction with a soft silk blouse tucked in – either way, not something that looks like an undershirt, and not something that follows the body in such a half-hearted way.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

         Or even a crisp white shirt with an interesting collar, like one of those wrap
        shirts Carolina Herrera loves.

    • Too-opinionated

      I second your and jessamyn’s ideas – way too casual. Soft blouse it should have been  

      • BrooklynBomber

        Someone above mentioned a cardigan, but I’m wondering if there’s a jacket. IMO that might be too much, but that tank is something you put under a jacket if you’re not going to take the jacket off.

        Well, it’s a good thing we’re all here to solve these problems. If only they’d give us a crack at Iraq and Afghanistan, energy, the economy, health care, and so on.

    • Guest

      Someone above mentioned a cardigan, but I’m wondering if there’s a jacket. IMO that might be too much, but that tank is something you put under a jacket if you’re not going to take the jacket off.

      Well, it’s a good thing we’re all here to solve these problems. If only they’d give us a crack at Iraq and Afghanistan, energy, the economy, health care, and so on.  

  • Anonymous

    The skirt is beyond fabulous. I love it and it maybe my favoirte she’s ever worn (well no, the Byron Lars was better).
    I don’t mind the color of the top, When she’s at the podium it looks like a sheath with the embroidery getting gradually more ornate from the waist down. In the side view the rose color doesn’t look so predominate. One of the bright colors may have been better,. I agree, but I like the rose too.

  • Anonymous

    I too thought it was a dress at first glance.  I wish you could post your photoshop musings, I’d love to see them!

  • SewingSiren

    The skirt is beyond fabulous. I love it and it maybe my favoirte she’s ever worn (well no, the Byron Lars was better).
    I don’t mind the color of the top, When she’s at the podium it looks like a sheath with the embroidery getting gradually more ornate from the waist down. In the side view the rose color doesn’t look so predominate. One of the bright colors may have been better,. I agree, but I like the rose too.

  • dana

    I know that we’ve been looking at Mrs. O for years now, but every time I see a picture of her I still can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous she is. Even if she were a nobody she would turn heads. Such a great role model for today’s young black women.

  • dana

    I know that we’ve been looking at Mrs. O for years now, but every time I see a picture of her I still can’t get over how absolutely gorgeous she is. Even if she were a nobody she would turn heads. Such a great role model for today’s young black women.

    • Lilithcat

      I’d say “such a great role model for today’s young women”, period.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

     Your advice is good for anyone but the first lady. She’s already pushing the envelope with the skirt but she’s still the first lady so she has to mitigate that by wearing the boringest top ever.

    “What she’s wearing works, but it doesn’t really add anything to the look.” I think that’s exactly what she was going for, as she should.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

     Your advice is good for anyone but the first lady. She’s already pushing the envelope with the skirt but she’s still the first lady so she has to mitigate that by wearing the boringest top ever.

    “What she’s wearing works, but it doesn’t really add anything to the look.” I think that’s exactly what she was going for, as she should.

    • Too-opinionated

      What a pity that she has to tone down the fabulous so to be deemed ‘acceptable’, no? 

  • Anonymous

     Nope. I think the muted pink color was a good choice. It makes the lovely skirt look even more glowing. She looks fabulous.

  • Lisa

     Totally agree – the minute I saw everything together, I thought, “Love the skirt. Bad choice for the top”.  It’s far too casual of a top to pair with such an amazing skirt.  But then again, you can’t have too busy of a top or it competes with the skirt, and then the whole thing would look bananas.  So it’s a fine line to negotiate, that’s for sure.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

     Nope. I think the muted pink color was a good choice. It makes the lovely skirt look even more glowing. She looks fabulous.

  • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

     Totally agree – the minute I saw everything together, I thought, “Love the skirt. Bad choice for the top”.  It’s far too casual of a top to pair with such an amazing skirt.  But then again, you can’t have too busy of a top or it competes with the skirt, and then the whole thing would look bananas.  So it’s a fine line to negotiate, that’s for sure.

  • Anonymous

     The top is also way too casual and unstructured — I mean, some spandex or something to give it some structure with such a fancy skirt (which j’adore, btw). I would have loved something in the blue family, too. That color’s not good on her. Still looks great though.

  • PeaceBang

     The top is also way too casual and unstructured — I mean, some spandex or something to give it some structure with such a fancy skirt (which j’adore, btw). I would have loved something in the blue family, too. That color’s not good on her. Still looks great though.

  • Breeze

    We are indeed fortunate to have such a stylish FLOTUS.  I think the color of the top looks great with the skirt.  The top is by Khan as well, and gives a very refined look – to moi.

  • Lisa

    Oh, those guys again!  They’re just taking out all the bitches! ;-)

  • Breeze

    We are indeed fortunate to have such a stylish FLOTUS.  I think the color of the top looks great with the skirt.  The top is by Khan as well, and gives a very refined look – to moi.

  • Momzilla

    I think the simple tank top is doing something important here — it’s taking a very haute skirt and making it acceptable and beautiful as day wear.  If she was wearing a more “werq i”t top, she would look out of place. Also, that neck line and the set of the straps is perfect for Mrs. O — it’s helping to create a great silhouette that counteracts her proportion problem and showing off her shoulders and arms.

    I also love the wrist full of those really fun, cheap aluminum bracelets from India. Great makeup as well.  A plus.

  • Momzilla

    I think the simple tank top is doing something important here — it’s taking a very haute skirt and making it acceptable and beautiful as day wear.  If she was wearing a more “werq i”t top, she would look out of place. Also, that neck line and the set of the straps is perfect for Mrs. O — it’s helping to create a great silhouette that counteracts her proportion problem and showing off her shoulders and arms.

    I also love the wrist full of those really fun, cheap aluminum bracelets from India. Great makeup as well.  A plus.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

     Given that she’s the First Lady and not a movie star, I’d say its pretty much a perfect look.  She rocks!

  • http://twitter.com/TheSnickleboom Snickleboom

     Given that she’s the First Lady and not a movie star, I’d say its pretty much a perfect look.  She rocks!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

     Maybe she had a maroon cardigan but ditched it at the last minute because she was afraid you’d yell at her on the internet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

     Maybe she had a maroon cardigan but ditched it at the last minute because she was afraid you’d yell at her on the internet.

    • tom

      HAHAHA!!!  Oh, SNAP!  Actually, a maroon cardigan would have been a great addition to this outfit. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

        OMG you are right. A maroon cardigan would be perfect!

  • Anonymous

    I know you guys are often troubled by her deployment of the cardigan, but I think the original dress paired with a cardigan (or maybe a shrug?) in one of the blue tones and those kickass green shoes would have been perfect.

  • Zaftiguana

    I know you guys are often troubled by her deployment of the cardigan, but I think the original dress paired with a cardigan (or maybe a shrug?) in one of the blue tones and those kickass green shoes would have been perfect.

  • scottyf

    For a nurse–anything! :-)

    They’re not very good…don’t have time to tweak (I’m at work: being surreptitious), but they’ll do for comparison.

    Mrs. Obama in many colors

  • Aggie

    Also, in having the top match the base color of the skirt, it makes me imagine that instead, she’s wearing a dress that she pulled from the embroiderers before they could finish the top half.

  • Aggie

    Also, in having the top match the base color of the skirt, it makes me imagine that instead, she’s wearing a dress that she pulled from the embroiderers before they could finish the top half.

  • Puggerpete

    A bolero jacket made of the skirt fabric worn over the top would seem to complete the outfit.  On the other hand I wear Crocs so what do I know. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/nancy.waldman nancy waldman

     Interesting! Thanks for posting. The red works best. I’m surprised.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nancy.waldman nancy waldman

     Interesting! Thanks for posting. The red works best. I’m surprised.

  • Puggerpete

    A bolero jacket made of the skirt fabric worn over the top would seem to complete the outfit.  On the other hand I wear Crocs so what do I know. 

  • sunnygirl

    Perhaps a tiny commentary in the embroidery of the skirt??  Who is sleeping with the fishes??

  • kmiller1k

    Perhaps a tiny commentary in the embroidery of the skirt??  Who is sleeping with the fishes??

    • George

      Please tell me you’re joking.

    • Nancy

      Maybe she just wanted to wear a beautiful skirt.

  • MilaXX

    I like the look but I think she intentionally played it safe because the skirt is so vibrant. Personally I would have picked the maroon. The color would look lovely on her skin tone without being too loud.

  • George

    Please tell me you’re joking.

  • MilaXX

    I like the look but I think she intentionally played it safe because the skirt is so vibrant. Personally I would have picked the maroon. The color would look lovely on her skin tone without being too loud.

    Looking at scottyf ‘s photoshop pics I think she made the right choice. The skirt was an attention getter on it’s own and if she had worn another color she’d then need to change the shoes. I also think this was the right balance between showy & conservative. It’s a poetry function so you want a bit of pizazz, but not too much and lord knows this event didn’t need anymore controversy associated with it.

    • scottyf

      I’d love to hear your take on Jill Scott & Common. 

      • MilaXX

         What part? I don’t agree with all of Jill’s views, but I think she was more than appropriate for a White house poetry reading. Her comments about brothers marrying? I get it. I don’t agree, but I really do understand it.

        Common as far as I know, had one song written about someone convicted of shooting an officer. However I find the majority of his work, and I’m not a serious Common fan, to be fairly harmless as far as rap music goes. It’s not like they invited Kanye. I think it was much ado about nothing.

        • scottyf

          Marry me. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

     The middle one would have been PERFECTION!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    Pulling the blues or greens out of the skirt would have been absolutely wrong, sorry.  It would have been too much of a distraction away from the gloriousness of the skirt.  I will agree, though, that going with a deeper pink, red or maroon would have been ideal.  It would provide contrast, but still be a gentle transition on the eye between the top and the bottom. 

    But even the color she chose would have worked if she had put on a NECKLACE!  Is there some sort of ban on necklaces these days that I didn’t get the memo about?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    Pulling the blues or greens out of the skirt would have been absolutely wrong, sorry.  It would have been too much of a distraction away from the gloriousness of the skirt.  I will agree, though, that going with a deeper pink, red or maroon would have been ideal.  It would provide contrast, but still be a gentle transition on the eye between the top and the bottom. 

    But even the color she chose would have worked if she had put on a NECKLACE!  Is there some sort of ban on necklaces these days that I didn’t get the memo about?

  • hal

     Instead of fab, it’s boring. Bad choice of top.

  • hal

     Instead of fab, it’s boring. Bad choice of top.

  • Nancy

    Maybe she just wanted to wear a beautiful skirt.

  • Jeannie

    TLo, do you have an intern or staff now?  Whatever, the writing does not sound like the ‘you’ I’ve come to know and love.  Not your voice, bitches.  I’ve picked up on it in recent posts. Please come back…whoever it was that used to make me laugh. Surely I’m not the only one who notices this?

  • Jeannie

    TLo, do you have an intern or staff now?  Whatever, the writing does not sound like the ‘you’ I’ve come to know and love.  Not your voice, bitches.  I’ve picked up on it in recent posts. Please come back…whoever it was that used to make me laugh. Surely I’m not the only one who notices this?

  • Vicksiedo

     I have to disagree.  The skirt is almost over the top, so toning it down with a dominant color solid top works perfectly for a First Lady, who needs to look respectable and classy at all times.  

  • Vicksiedo

     I have to disagree.  The skirt is almost over the top, so toning it down with a dominant color solid top works perfectly for a First Lady, who needs to look respectable and classy at all times.  

  • http://twitter.com/margo8461 Marguerite

     IDK, I kind of like the pink she chose as it brings everything together and makes a beaded skirt acceptable day wear.  A jewel tone sounds like it would make the outfit pop, but looking at scottyf’s color photos, the only one that works is the red/maroon.  The other colors, while matching a shade in the skirt, feel like too big a contrast and bring a dissonance to the pairing that takes away from the skirt, IMHO.  But then again I am the woman who rarely even buys separates anymore because whenever I find a beautiful colorful skirt, I can never find “the perfect top.”  So I will take copious notes from my favorite fashion bloggers, bow to your expertise and hopefully learn how to WERQ it rather than play it safe.

  • http://twitter.com/margcellent Marguerite

     IDK, I kind of like the pink she chose as it brings everything together and makes a beaded skirt acceptable day wear.  A jewel tone sounds like it would make the outfit pop, but looking at scottyf’s color photos, the only one that works is the red/maroon.  The other colors, while matching a shade in the skirt, feel like too big a contrast and bring a dissonance to the pairing that takes away from the skirt, IMHO.  But then again I am the woman who rarely even buys separates anymore because whenever I find a beautiful colorful skirt, I can never find “the perfect top.”  So I will take copious notes from my favorite fashion bloggers, bow to your expertise and hopefully learn how to WERQ it rather than play it safe.

  • Cheri

     Now that is just plain cool.  Can you do that every time we are considering colors?  I think the red works best too, and I would NOT have picked red had you not done that.  I was thinking the light blue was the way to go until you did your magic.  With a red top, the green shoes would have to go (Christmas).  Which is a shame.  Metallic shoes?

  • Anonymous

    I like the red or the olive green (occasionally matching is not a bad thing).  Don’t go getting in trouble on our behalf, Scotty, but thanks for the fun diversion!  Sorry you’re working on a Saturday  :-(   As a nurse I’ve had my share of that particular kind of pain.  Hugs!

  • Long Island

    I love the skirt however it is overkill for a day event at the White House.  I guess Michelle tried to tone it down with the simple tee which didn’t match the fabulous style of the skirt.

  • Long Island

    I love the skirt however it is overkill for a day event at the White House.  I guess Michelle tried to tone it down with the simple tee which didn’t match the fabulous style of the skirt.

  • tom

    That skirt is all kinds of crazy pretty!  I love it!  The top is a rather safe choice, you are right.  I would have gone with a gorgeous sea blue, I like that color on her skin tone.  But she gets mad props for wearing such a bold skirt. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    Very nice work!  I like the light blue (?) one on the far right best, as my choice would have been white on top.  I love the Brecht quote, too. 

  • tom

    That skirt is all kinds of crazy pretty!  I love it!  The top is a rather safe choice, you are right.  I would have gone with a gorgeous sea blue, I like that color on her skin tone.  But she gets mad props for wearing such a bold skirt. 

  • Nancy

    I think she could wear any number of colors with this skirt and create a different mood with each.  This one, although not the most exciting possibility, looks great.  I love the sparkly bangle bracelets with it. 

  • tom

    HAHAHA!!!  Oh, SNAP!  Actually, a maroon cardigan would have been a great addition to this outfit. 

  • Nancy

    I think she could wear any number of colors with this skirt and create a different mood with each.  This one, although not the most exciting possibility, looks great.  I love the sparkly bangle bracelets with it. 

  • scottyf

    I’d love to hear your take on Jill Scott & Common. 

  • Anonymous

    I agree. When I first saw this, I thought, “Why didn’t see wear a blue or green top?” Yay, I think like T Lo.  She did go for green shoes, which is great. I cannot believe how much I love that skirt.  I could see why she’d want to tone it down with the pink, but I still think it would have been a home run if she had gone with one of the other colors.

  • Anathema_Device

    I agree. When I first saw this, I thought, “Why didn’t see wear a blue or green top?” Yay, I think like T Lo.  She did go for green shoes, which is great. I cannot believe how much I love that skirt.  I could see why she’d want to tone it down with the pink, but I still think it would have been a home run if she had gone with one of the other colors.

  • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

    The color that immediately popped out to me is the “maroon”–although it is more purple than brown so I dont know that maroon is the right word maybe a pansy?  I think it is in the same color family as the dominant rosey-pink, so I think it would have been perfect.  Also it would be a beautiful color on her.

  • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

    The color that immediately popped out to me is the “maroon”–although it is more purple than brown so I dont know that maroon is the right word maybe a pansy?  I think it is in the same color family as the dominant rosey-pink, so I think it would have been perfect.  Also it would be a beautiful color on her.

  • jessamyn

    Yes. It’s waaaaay too casual. From the closeups I think it’s actually made of a good-quality lightweight sweater jersey, but the fact is that it almost reads “wifebeater.” To complement that heavy, intensely textured skirt, I think you need either to find a very structured and fitted top, or go in the other direction with a soft silk blouse tucked in – either way, not something that looks like an undershirt, and not something that follows the body in such a half-hearted way.

  • CJ

    Ooh, thanks, that’s cool!  I like the red or sort of purply-maroon color; something in the same family as the dominant skirt color without being a match. I would have guessed a bright blue.

  • jw_ny

    I think white would have been best for the top…and I’ll even go one further and say instead of the tank, a white blouse with a collar and a simple bold silver necklace..for a bit of bling up top.. There is no balance between top and bottom with what she has…even with the pink top, which isn’t the worst choice, a necklace would have helped.  The skirt is really pretty though…and should remain as the focal point of the outfit.

    Green shoes were a good choice.

    • Sandra

      Exactly what I would suggest.  That top, regardless of the colour, is just too shapeless, casual, and cheap looking for the skirt. 

  • Lilithcat

    I’d say “such a great role model for today’s young women”, period.

  • Anonymous

    I think white would have been best for the top…and I’ll even go one further and say instead of the tank, a white blouse with a collar and a simple bold silver necklace..for a bit of bling up top.. There is no balance between top and bottom with what she has…even with the pink top, which isn’t the worst choice, a necklace would have helped. 

    Green shoes were a good choice. 

  • Lynn

    Beautiful skirt, love the dress on the model. I too think the skirt’s colors would have popped even more with one of the darker blues from the skirt, but she looks amazing! When you think of the last several first ladies boring suits we had to look at for decades, there is no comparison. 

  • Lynn

    Beautiful skirt, love the dress on the model. I too think the skirt’s colors would have popped even more with one of the darker blues from the skirt, but she looks amazing! When you think of the last several first ladies boring suits we had to look at for decades, there is no comparison. 

  • StL K

    You’d be right if she weren’t First Lady. I think the most conservative choice was the right one in this case. The skirt is already almost too fabulous for D.C. Good for her!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Totally agree.

  • StL K

    You’d be right if she weren’t First Lady. I think the most conservative choice was the right one in this case. The skirt is already almost too fabulous for D.C. Good for her!

  • Emily

    she looks awesome.

  • Emily

    she looks awesome.

  • Caaro1947

    Hey, ScottyF,I’m a nurse too and I want to thank you for your sweet reply to NurseEllen.  I like the purple substitution you did.  It looks good with the skirt, shoes and the beautiful Shelley O’s skin tones.  TLo’s Michelle Obama post are my favorites!

  • Medina Neenah

    TL, I love when you teach lessons.. *sitting, Indian-style, chin in hands, wide-eyed*

  • Medina Neenah

    TL, I love when you teach lessons.. *sitting, Indian-style, chin in hands, wide-eyed*

  • Anonny

     The maroon top idea sounds great, can we go back in time and fix this?

  • Anonny

     The maroon top idea sounds great, can we go back in time and fix this?

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    LOOOOOOVE the skirt. I don’t mind the matching top–would you have preferred a black or white top? I find the matching top a little more unexpected, in the way that it gives the illusion of a dress. What I don’t love are the matching turquoise earrings and multi-bangles. That’s boring to me. Would’ve preferred gold & red bangles and showier earrings to offset the simplicity of the top. Still, love the look a lot. Great shade of pink on her.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    LOOOOOOVE the skirt. I don’t mind the matching top–would you have preferred a black or white top? I find the matching top a little more unexpected, in the way that it gives the illusion of a dress. What I don’t love are the matching turquoise earrings and multi-bangles. That’s boring to me. Would’ve preferred gold & red bangles and showier earrings to offset the simplicity of the top. Still, love the look a lot. Great shade of pink on her.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    OMG you are right. A maroon cardigan would be perfect!

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    While I see what you guys mean about the color matching, and I plan to use your advice, I think that the rose colored top and the green shoes were the right way to go for Mrs. Obama. That skirt is sensational.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    While I see what you guys mean about the color matching, and I plan to use your advice, I think that the rose colored top and the green shoes were the right way to go for Mrs. Obama. That skirt is sensational.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Totally agree.

  • Lori B

    Thanks, that’s so cool!   I love love love the way the purple looks, and the red looks great too.

  • Lisa

    Beautiful work, Scotty – definitely the MVP post of the day!  The purple one would look amazing on her, especially with the shoes!

  • jzzy55

     Agree totally. But it is a delicious skirt, if a tad “Anthropologie.” (cutesy ethnic)

  • jzzy55

     Agree totally. But it is a delicious skirt, if a tad “Anthropologie.” (cutesy ethnic)

  • Gloria

    Wow, I love that skirt. It reminds me of the embroidery on antique Chinese officials’ robes (the stripes seem like the giveaway to me).

  • Gloria

    Wow, I love that skirt. It reminds me of the embroidery on antique Chinese officials’ robes (the stripes seem like the giveaway to me).

  • Pamela L.

    Thank you for doing that, I liked the turquoise.

  • formerlyAnon

    God I love that skirt. I was thinking pick up the red in the skirt. Probably too matchy matchy still but I have to take baby steps.

  • Anonymous

    God I love that skirt. I was thinking pick up the red in the skirt. Probably too matchy matchy still but I have to take baby steps.

  • aussiegal77

     First I gotta say, I love those green shoes!  Thanks for the lesson in matching with style, I almost always veer towards matching the dominant colour even though I think it’d be great to match the less dominant colour too.  Now that I have the Fairy Godfathers’ blessings – I’m all set!

  • CeeQ

     First I gotta say, I love those green shoes!  Thanks for the lesson in matching with style, I almost always veer towards matching the dominant colour even though I think it’d be great to match the less dominant colour too.  Now that I have the Fairy Godfathers’ blessings – I’m all set!

  • ac1213

    Fabulous skirt, and I agree with you that a blue or green top would look better (but the rose pink isn’t all that bad).  I do love that you follow Shelley O — she’s great watching!

  • ac1213

    Fabulous skirt, and I agree with you that a blue or green top would look better (but the rose pink isn’t all that bad).  I do love that you follow Shelley O — she’s great watching!

  • MilaXX

     What part? I don’t agree with all of Jill’s views, but I think she was more than appropriate for a White house poetry reading. Her comments about brothers marrying? I get it. I don’t agree, but I really do understand it.

    Common as far as I know, had one song written about someone convicted of shooting an officer. However I find the majority of his work, and I’m not a serious Common fan, to be fairly harmless as far as rap music goes. It’s not like they invited Kanye. I think it was much ado about nothing.

  • Amy

     Thank goodness for mommas who know about picking out a color from a print. Mine always said to squint and pick one color that wasn’t dominant but still stood out. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized not everyone had been taught this tip – your lucky readers for having such sassy teachers to pass on important info like this. 

  • Amy

     Thank goodness for mommas who know about picking out a color from a print. Mine always said to squint and pick one color that wasn’t dominant but still stood out. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized not everyone had been taught this tip – your lucky readers for having such sassy teachers to pass on important info like this. 

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks perfect. Any other color on top would have been too much – that skirt needs to shine on its own, and it does: it’s gorgeous. The contrasting shoes = just the right pop of color here. I’d be interested in seeing the top actually tucked into the skirt, assuming it’s a little high waisted…but maybe that would have looked too formal for the occasion. Damn, I want that skirt…

  • littlestars

    I think she looks perfect. Any other color on top would have been too much – that skirt needs to shine on its own, and it does: it’s gorgeous. The contrasting shoes = just the right pop of color here. I’d be interested in seeing the top actually tucked into the skirt, assuming it’s a little high waisted…but maybe that would have looked too formal for the occasion. Damn, I want that skirt…

  • scottyf

    Marry me. 

  • Anonymous

    I love the bracelets with it, though.

  • GorgeousThings

    I love the bracelets with it, though.

  • Judy S

    Thanks for these!. I agree with you though that her choice was strongest for the situation. Red Carpet, maybe a different color. I like the maroon best.

  • Judy S

    I didn’t see any comment on the fact that the dress has a strategically-placed dark-red beaded or sequined keyhole. I would think that might make it harder for the First Lady to wear the dress at all, especially to an event in which she would be photographed full-frontal. Making the maroon pop might be quite unfortunate.
    I think her look is subtly terrific–she manages to wear the skirt to a venue (poetry reading) where its complex artistry is appropriate (poetry being notorious for embroidering the keyhole)  but to tone it down and stay refined and quiet in the podium view. Wearing that skirt at all, to any event, was not playing it safe, but she seems to have kept the impact of it for the people at the venue rather than for the cameras.

  • Judy S

    I didn’t see any comment on the fact that the dress has a strategically-placed dark-red beaded or sequined keyhole. I would think that might make it harder for the First Lady to wear the dress at all, especially to an event in which she would be photographed full-frontal. Making the maroon pop might be quite unfortunate.
    I think her look is subtly terrific–she manages to wear the skirt to a venue (poetry reading) where its complex artistry is appropriate (poetry being notorious for embroidering the keyhole)  but to tone it down and stay refined and quiet in the podium view. Wearing that skirt at all, to any event, was not playing it safe, but she seems to have kept the impact of it for the people at the venue rather than for the cameras.

  • PatBiswanger

     I like the pink top!  I think it makes the outfit into one long, lean line, and using another color wouldn’t do that; it would cut her in half.

    I must add:  I would happily DIE for that skirt, and the choice of shoes is perfection.

  • PatBiswanger

     I like the pink top!  I think it makes the outfit into one long, lean line, and using another color wouldn’t do that; it would cut her in half.

    I must add:  I would happily DIE for that skirt, and the choice of shoes is perfection.

  • PatBiswanger

    Thank you so much for posting that, ScottyF!  It’s fascinating.  I still like the pink, but the maroon does work really well too. 

  • Kjohnston

     im loving the skirt!!! what a great transformation

    http://heelsandinspiration.blogspot.com

  • Kjohnston

     im loving the skirt!!! what a great transformation

    http://heelsandinspiration.blogspot.com

  • Murgatroyd

    She chose the background color of the skirt for the color of her top, which was the elegant and classy thing to do. Sorry that you guys can’t seem to understand that, but if you did, you wouldn’t be here snarking at your betters, would you?

  • Sandra

    Exactly what I would suggest.  That top, regardless of the colour, is just too shapeless, casual, and cheap looking for the skirt. 

  • Too-opinionated

    Actually, I think you did a fine job! My faves are the last two – the light blue might not have seemed quite ‘serious enough’ for the occasion, but what an impact it would have had for summer! For the occasion, tho, the 2nd last – the maroon? – might have been best.  

  • Too-opinionated

    Actually, I think you did a fine job! My faves are the last two – the light blue might not have seemed quite ‘serious enough’ for the occasion, but what an impact it would have had for summer! For the occasion, tho, the 2nd last – the maroon? – might have been best.  

  • Too-opinionated

    I second your and jessamyn’s ideas – way too casual. Soft blouse it should have been  

  • Too-opinionated

    I second your and jessamyn’s ideas – way too casual. Soft blouse it should have been  

  • Too-opinionated

    What a pity that she has to tone down the fabulous so to be deemed ‘acceptable’, no? 

  • Too-opinionated

    What a pity that she has to tone down the fabulous so to be deemed ‘acceptable’, no? 

  • Guest

    Someone above mentioned a cardigan, but I’m wondering if there’s a jacket. IMO that might be too much, but that tank is something you put under a jacket if you’re not going to take the jacket off.

    Well, it’s a good thing we’re all here to solve these problems. If only they’d give us a crack at Iraq and Afghanistan, energy, the economy, health care, and so on.  

  • Anonymous

    Someone above mentioned a cardigan, but I’m wondering if there’s a jacket. IMO that might be too much, but that tank is something you put under a jacket if you’re not going to take the jacket off.

    Well, it’s a good thing we’re all here to solve these problems. If only they’d give us a crack at Iraq and Afghanistan, energy, the economy, health care, and so on.

  • Judy_J

     I agree.  The skirt is gorgeously fabulous.  I’d have gone with a sapphire blue top, but she still looks fabulous.

  • Judy_J

     I agree.  The skirt is gorgeously fabulous.  I’d have gone with a sapphire blue top, but she still looks fabulous.

  • kaycem

    ok, i’m taking some liberties, but…  i think they chose the green shoes/pink tank pairing because they wanted to accentuate the less dominant colors of the skirt (green), but needed something to go well with that (pink).  knowing that pink and green are opposing colors AND that mono-matching the top like this would be slimming, i think that sort of explains the direction.  although, they could’ve flip flopped it and done a green tank with pink shoes, but i’m not sure that would look as well as this does.

  • Anonymous

    ok, i’m taking some liberties, but…  i think they chose the green shoes/pink tank pairing because they wanted to accentuate the less dominant colors of the skirt (green), but needed something to go well with that (pink).  knowing that pink and green are opposing colors AND that mono-matching the top like this would be slimming, i think that sort of explains the direction.  although, they could’ve flip flopped it and done a green tank with pink shoes, but i’m not sure that would look as well as this does.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Fabulous skirt, and I don’t mind the matching top.  I understand the thought behind it.  I don’t like the shoe color.  I would have gone with blue, instead.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Fabulous skirt, and I don’t mind the matching top.  I understand the thought behind it.  I don’t like the shoe color.  I would have gone with blue, instead.

  • Meredith_P

    C’mon guys, you know Sasha and Malia only get 20 minutes a day on the computer, right?  Wouldn’t they spend their time looking for Jonas Bros. gossip or something?  Just kidding, I’ll bet they go straight here (since they can’t follow you on FB-good call, First Parents!)

    • Meredith_P

      Do you all think she has that dress cleverly hidden under the top?  Mr. Khan did that stunning gold strapless number, so he’s still got her “specs”. I would love to think that we would see the entire dress at some future dressy occasion :-)

  • Anonymous

    C’mon guys, you know Sasha and Malia only get 20 minutes a day on the computer, right?  Wouldn’t they spend their time looking for Jonas Bros. gossip or something?  Just kidding, I’ll be they go straight here (since they can’t follow you on FB-good call, First Parents!) 

  • Anonymous

    Do you all think she has that dress cleverly hidden under the top?  Mr. Khan did that stunning gold strapless number, so he’s still got her “specs”. I would love to think that we would see the entire dress at some future dressy occasion :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/layra96 Laura Springer

    I agree, the top actually ruined this for me. 

  • Chicster

    There’s an interesting story in Forbes on dressing the First Lady with an interview with designer Barbara Tfank:

     http://blogs.forbes.com/bluecarreon/2011/05/12/what-it-takes-to-dress-michelle-obama/

  • Chicster

    There’s an interesting story in Forbes on dressing the First Lady with an interview with designer Barbara Tfank:

     http://blogs.forbes.com/bluecarreon/2011/05/12/what-it-takes-to-dress-michelle-obama/

  • Sheryl

     I agree. Mrs. Obama isn’t on the red carpet. She is fulfilling official duties and must err on the side of conservatism every.single.time.

  • guest

     Wow, thanks!  It seems like a color within the same family as the dominant pink would work the best.  The red and the purple look the best.  Though, I think her own pink was a decent choice.  Thanks for doing this!

  • guest

     Wow, thanks!  It seems like a color within the same family as the dominant pink would work the best.  The red and the purple look the best.  Though, I think her own pink was a decent choice.  Thanks for doing this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

     Yep.  She managed to be too matchy matchy and made that skirt boring.  Yawn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

     Yep.  She managed to be too matchy matchy and made that skirt boring.  Yawn.

  • SMM

    That one in blue looks so much like one of my mother’s favourite outfits! Just because of that, I lean toward the blue.

  • Lulu

    It’s an awesome skirt. I want it.
    She looks great, but I agree that there were much better color choices for a top.  

  • Lulu

    It’s an awesome skirt. I want it.
    She looks great, but I agree that there were much better color choices for a top.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

     Or even a crisp white shirt with an interesting collar, like one of those wrap
    shirts Carolina Herrera loves.

  • Modeniete

    Ha! Knew it would be the red, and I’m not anywhere near fabulous. She just always looks good in red.