Michelle Obama in Tom Ford

Posted on May 25, 2011

Shelley O SHUT. IT. DOWN. At the Buckingham Palace state dinner. Check it:

Knocked that one out of the park, wouldn’t you say? Even Phil looks impressed. It seems to be a very deliberate Jackie Kennedy/Oleg Cassini kind of look, especially with the opera gloves. The halter neckline is hers to own. She always looks fantastic in it. We normally can’t stand opera gloves. We can’t look at them without thinking of Gypsy Rose Lee or Miss Piggy, and while both those ladies have their charms, style icons they are not. They’ve always looked so dated to us, but damn, if they don’t work here. If there’s one time when a gal should want to look like a princess, it’s when you’re the star guest at Buckingham Palace. And we just love the look on her face because she knows – with absolute certainty – that she looks amazing. Well done, Shelley and Tom. When the inevitable coffee table books about her style in the White House come out, this will surely be a highlight.

 

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  • Anonymous

    She looks stunning! This is a dream dress.

  • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

    Such a gorgeous couple! Michelle looks amazing in that dress. The dress looks amazing on her. Wearing opera gloves just always seemed like a cornball move to me. But it absolutely works with this dress. I guess having dinner at the Buckingham Palace might have something to do with it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/maggie314 Maggie Wiggin

    HOT DAMN!

    Prince Phils looks like he’s having the best day ever.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kheliwud Kelly Wood

    1. GORGEOUS!!!
    2. Makes me proud to be an American!
    ShellyO representin’ the U.S. of A.

  • Anonymous

    Perfect gown for a formal state dinner with the Queen of England.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, yikes. I don’t think she shut it down at all. I think the dress is awful on her. The thick straps cutting her all into pieces, the too-high boob-hugging empire waist with the fussy bow– actually, it’s an awful dress. Too much going on. And then she adds another dramatic body-cutting dimension with the opera gloves… very, very bad. All I see is a floating head and two chunks of arms. Hate it. 

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, you are way of base here.  That is a stunning gown for such an event and it fits her perfectly.

    • Anonymous

      I actually don’t like it either.  It’s hard to actually come up with why, though.  The dress seems well proportioned on it’s own, but something about the fit on her I just don’t like.  Hate the gloves, too.

      • Joan Hedman

        I’m in the NAY column also — to me, the halter straps accentuate the roll of her shoulders. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m not a fan either. The bow looks juvenile to me and it sorts of makes her have a titscrepancy.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m sorry to say that I don’t like it either. I love it when she bares her shoulders and arms, because they’re so nicely toned, but something about this dress is making her torso look bizarrely short, and the whole thing is throwing her proportions way off. I mean, leave it to her to find a gown that features her favorite accessory, the underboob belt.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

    Oh, Obamas. I have hearts in my eyes. Can’t get over how beautiful she is – and how adorable he is. Is that the definition of a face-splitting grin or what :)

  • Anonymous

    WERQ!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    Love the dress and hair, but makeup seems a little off to me.

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

    Could have done without the haphazard bow at the waist, but who cares, she is on her game!

    • Anonymous

      I agree – the dress doesn’t need the bow – otherwise, perfection!

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Love all of it. Just not the bow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1132667944 Yosa Addiss

    Absolutely spot on dress- it is a pity though that she doesn’t get to wear some of these outfits more than once.  I would want to wear that gown as often as possible! 

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Outstanding.

  • Anonymous

    I think she wears the dress well but I don’t care for the dress.  The halter neck is a flattering style for Mrs. O but this looks too tight, and I hate the little extra bow in the front.  The first thing I thought of was “debutante dress”……….I think it’s the 100% virginal white.  Plus of course the gloves,  It just looks more like a costume than an outfit.  He looks amazing, and they both have very sincere and happy smiles.  Just can’t get behind the dress.  :-(

  • Anonymous

    Can I saw how much I am adoring Mr. O in his tails?! Shelly looks lovely too. I’m not feeling those gloves, but I’m sure they were necessary. To my eye I think that’s why the dress may look a little tight – it looks like her arms are suctioned to her body almost! I also find it pretty comical how much taller the Obamas are than Betty & Phil.

  • Anonymous

    It seems impossible for T Lo to be impartial when it comes to the Obamas. “Peacebang” nailed it on the head.

    • Anonymous

      Yes Little Buddy, and it’s really a shame too because impartiality is such an important requirement for bloggers. I fear that this shortcoming will prevent Tlo from ever making a go of this blogging thing, and they will be left with nothing more than their current 2 million readers a week.

      Sad really. 

      –GothamTomato

      • scottyf

        As the incomparable formerlyAnon said in a previous post:
        “Some days, the comments section of this blog brings me quiet joy.”

        • Anonymous

          Glad I’m not the only one.  (And I am so flattered to be quoted).  

        • Anonymous

          Glad I’m not the only one.  (And I am so flattered to be quoted).  

      • Anonymous

        Not to mention the  fact that the vast majority of Michelle Obama posts are a mix of conditional praise and moderate criticisms.

      • Anonymous

        Tomato: your constant need to snap and snark never fails.  Anyone who differs comes in for a sarcastic or nasty whooping’ — your brittle narcissism reminds me of Sarah Palin. 

        • kim i

          well, the difference between GT and sarah palin, from where this relatively inactive poster sits, is that GT is usually right.

          • Anonymous

            Sure but that’s not my point. What’s similar is her incessant need to belittle other people’s opinion on an opinion forum, and to do it in the most condescending way possible. It’s a character trait, and has nothing to do with one’s position on politics, fashion or anything else.

          • Anonymous

            You need to stop taking these sorts of things so personally!  If it seems “incessant” than it’s only because the comments GT replies to are incessantly insipid.

        • kim i

          and “brittle narcissism”?  really?  i see “elegant rejoinders.”  ceiling, floor, drink, poison, et cetera.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! Simply stunning. 

    And she must be wearing gloves because the queen is. Maybe is goes with the white tie rules over there.–GothamTomato

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696212398 Courtney Tyne

      I read somewhere else that the occasion was ‘white tie’ meaning women are required to wear at least elbow-length gloves. It may look overdone/debutate-y to some, but it was a royal state affair – not a good place to rock the boat! I think Michelle looks great.

      • Anonymous

        My research said the same thing, yet ignorant folks just want to dis the gloves.  Whatever.  They both look great.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. I think it’s been so long since anyone followed protocol and rules of etiquette that no one knows what they are anymore. The gloves are fab.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SerenityEarth Serenity Jones-Peace

    You could wear that dress as a wedding dress!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543702613 Caroline Lindsay Whitham

    Looks like someone’s a big fan of My Fair Lady. She’s ready to dance all night. Still looks stunning, though.

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

      Yes, I thought of Hepburn too, in the styling.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    Dress is amazing, and I love the earrings and the sparkly little clutch.  

  • scottyf

    I know she’s a role model for all girls.

    But I have to say: knowing that my nieces, and the little mahogany and mocha girls running around my neighborhood, have a constant reminder of all that black beauty can be, puts a gigantic lump in my throat.  Take it away Stevie:

    “She’s a miss beautiful supreme
    A girl that others wish that they could be
    If there’s seven wonders of the world
    Then I know she’s got to be number one.
    She’s a girl that can’t be beat
    Born and raised on ghetto streets
    She’s a devastating beauty–
    A pretty girl with Ebony Eyes”

    • Anonymous

      Same here.  My beautiful cafe-au-lait neices have a hero firmly intact.  And they need it….living in a town where everybody sneers at them & the projects are their inheritance. 

    • http://twitter.com/velleitas Isy

      Absolutely, I agree.

    • MilaXX

      I am the same age as Shelly and I feel like she’s a role model for me.

    • Anonymous

      Kids like my kids, who can check an amazing number of those little “race or ethnicity” boxes on forms if they want to bother, are the future/almost-the-present. It’s about time the images catch up.

  • Anonymous

    V. v. nice, Mrs. O.!!   All-white-with-gloves Deb Effect muted, for me, by her statuesque grandeur.  

    Surely something way more interesting (less juvenile & random than that little bow) could have been done to ‘finish’ the wrap on the midriff’ . . .  but not a big enough deal for me to say “ew.”    

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

    Stunning. They’re such a good looking couple, aren’t they? They also look like the perfect wedding cake toppers in these pics.

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    Breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!  

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous!

  • refariel

    Tom and Lorenzo, why no mention of our President’s style?  Do you approve the trouser length?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    I’ve always wondered with long gloves.  Do you take the gloves off when its time to eat?  What do you do with them?  Just seems like leaving the gloves off the outfit would be easier.

    Do like the dress though.  He proportions look better, too often her clothes make her look more bottom heavy then they need to.

    • Anonymous

      Traditionally, you take them off for a formal dinner. You can leave gloves on for informal things like tea time… *nerd*

  • Anonymous

    The two of them are ridiculously gorgeous. But she is my hero – stylewise and otherwise!

  • Anonymous

    The right dress for the occasion and she knows she looks fantastic in it.

  • Anonymous

    She OWNS it!

  • http://knottygnome.blogspot.com knottygnome

    Michelle looks gorgeous and the Queen looks nice too, but I don’t like Obama’s tux. I think the fit might be a bit off and maybe tails are not for him–he looks like a butler.

  • Judy_J

    BEEE-YOU-TEE-FULL!  Absolute perfection from top to toe.  And the Prez looks dashing in his tails.  What a great-looking couple!

  • Jessica Goldstein

    Two quick comments:
    (1) If only she had worn THIS to the inauguration!
    (2) Check out Camilla. She had a great night, too.

  • Anonymous

    She looks perfectly and regally appropriate, love the makeup and hair, accessories are fine, but I’m not crazy about the dress on her.  There’s too much going on around her chest/waist.  It’s distracting.

  • John Amici

    What a great looking couple! She’s beaming cuz she knows she’s looking good and he’s grinning cuz he knows he’s leaving with the Belle of the Ball.

  • AudraR

    Love the dress, hate the hair. Looks strange and elongates her head.

  • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

    Gorgeous! Really really stunning.

  • Glen Coleson

    the opera gloves are a necessity of Royal protocol. One does not go sleeveless on Her Majesty’s invitation.

  • Anonymous

    Michelle looks great here. Usually I find she will muck it up with some dump pin or something but this is perfect.

    I wish she dressed like this more often. Simple clean lines really becomes her instead of a heavy brocade that could double as sofa upholstery

    Well done..

  • Anonymous

    Amazing!!! She really is a stunning woman, especially when she dresses well. Love her.

  • Anonymous

    Photo #3. How fabulous a couple are they? How happy am I that they are representing us to the world? Answer to both: DAMN!

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

      I had the same thought:  wow, do we look good having them as our ambassadors.

    • Anonymous

      I would not make it a referendum.  She so often dresses like crap that some them could say they are embarrassed with. that representation.    

  • Anonymous

    She looks absolutely divine. My only criticism is the twee wee bow at the waist. And he looks especially handsome in tails.

  • http://twitter.com/jodimckee Jodi McKee

    absolutely gorgeous!

  • up with pod people

    Jawdropper. Magnificent. How can it be so creamy and dreamy and somehow not look bridal?

  • Anonymous

    She’s beautiful and this is a perfect dress for her.  Most men look a little uncomfortable in tails and Mr. Obama is no exception, but he is handsome and fabulous nonetheless.  And let’s not forget the queen.  She looks very pretty here.

  • aimee_parrott

    Oh wow… she is absolutely breathtaking.  Brava, Shelley!

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. So proud of them. Too bad you didn’t post a picture of Camilla (Duchess of Cornpone) in her huge, ugly tiara and give us something to laugh about.

  • Anonymous

    Beyond Gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    TLo, no! Neckline + posture makes her shoulders look broad and droopy. And the bodice gives her yoga-top chest. Narrow that strap harness by 1.5 inches and pull her shoulders back and then maybe we’d be talking. Color is fantastic though.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE IT! Michelle looks absolutely lovely. Have we ever seen a smile on Prince Philip before? He actually looks relaxed, what a performance!

  • http://teabagsinfusion.blogspot.com/ Laura

    You know there already is a book, right? I happen to have it right here: Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style by Kate Betts.  I’d love to get your reaction to it.

  • http://twitter.com/velleitas Isy

    Pres Obama looks so awkward and boyish in that suit… it’s totally distracting me. They should have just let him come in a normal tuxedo because all this leaves me with is the urge to call him Geoffrey.

    But Mrs Obama looks great– white just looks perfect on her.

  • Anonymous

    She looks absolutely amazing.  Brava Shelly!

  • Anonymous

    Shut that front door! She looks lovely.

  • Anonymous

    Cosign completely.  I watched the live feed of this and gasped and KNEW she made TLo proud.  Also?  It was adorable that the President began his remarks with a hello from Sasha and Malia to the Queen – they really liked meeting her two years ago.  TOTAL ADORBS.

  • Anonymous

    Nah, I’d say at best a double. It’s just too much. Too much fabric, too much one color, too much going on at the waist and bodice. Though I agree the neckline is good on her.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, yeah.  I’m normally not on board with the Shelley-O love, but this time, wow.  This dress is exactly perfect for her.  And the President doesn’t look too shabby either!

  • Anonymous

    Damn, but she’s a beautiful woman. And she looks fantastic. I love the picture of the four of them where she’s got her head tilted towards His Princeship and she’s laughing. Bow down to the Queen!

  • http://twitter.com/MarieanneDH MarieanneDH

    WERQ

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10910518 Erica Woods Tucker

    That dress is so off the chain…there are no words for it!!! The gloves give it the retro look while the halter top keeps it modern! Bravo Tom Ford….who i adore!  She is rocking it.   And Barack looks fierce too, and I HATE a tuxedo with tails!

  • Anonymous

    This is her best look ever. Kudos to Tom Ford and FLOTUS’s new stylist.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    There may be a protocol thing requiring gloves, as well.  I notice the queen is also wearing a pair, and I don’t see how you could wear anything but opera length.

  • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

    Bring back opera gloves, dammit!

    Made of awesome

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Lovely couple. Mr. President looks pretty slamming too n’est-ce pas?

  • aussiegal77

    I believe this would be Shelly’s “Holy Shit She Looks Amazing” dress.

    Well done Obamas!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Wow.  Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks really good. The only knock is that she looks kind of bandaged, with the gauzy fabric and the matching gloves… But still, that bodice and neckline look fantastic on her.

  • MilaXX

    Love Huh!

  • Amanda in Austin

    I disagree that Miss Piggy isn’t a style icon. : )

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

      I agree with you, Amanda:  of course Miss Piggy is a style icon!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3CGY36NG25QFIZQOLMH7SQTKLU andrew

    Okay, once again, I don’t get it– the gushing over Michelle’s outfit, I
    mean.  “Knocked it out of the park”? I would respectfully disagree. Love the gloves and the little bag and the earrings.  She should
    wear opera gloves more often– gives her a chance to show off her upper
    arms as she is wont to do but still looks formal and covered up.  But
    the dress?  Nope.  The little bow on the front is all wrong.  The bodice
    looks lopsided or something to me– okay, I’m not good with proper
    descriptions of clothing, but the part that comes up in the center is
    not centered, but off to one side just a tiny bit. One boob looks higher
    than the other as a result. The unrelievedly white dress to me reads as
    very prom/wedding basic snore.   

    As to her companions– love
    the queen’s tiara but hate that she gets stuck with those strange sashes
    at these sorts of events.  Gives her a bit of a “Mrs. Nursing Home
    Runner-Up” look.  But the two ladies did seem to coordinate their colors
    and look good together in the pictures.  The queen’s jewelry is very
    nice, and it’s smart of Michelle not to try to compete in that
    department with a woman with the jewelry collection Elizabeth owns. 

    The
    men clean up very well!  Even though Philip is also stuck with a sash,
    he looks great for his age in his tux.  And the prez’s tux looks
    terrific, although the pants seem a little baggy below the knee. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37101778 Katy Pilley

      FYI they have to wear the sashes. It’s what royalty does on formal occasions. And the pagent winners wear sashes to emulate royalty. Not the other way around

  • Anonymous

    Stuh-NING!  She looks absolutely divine.

  • Sara__B

    Except for the wan little bow, I love it! Oh, and the gloves are pulled up too hard — according to my mother, a glove expert, they need  more “wrinkles” to look their best. (I suspect gloves are required at a formal dinner with the Queen, and Mrs. O’s glove look of highest quality, perfectly fitted.)

  • Anonymous

    “O” so stunning, indeed!

    Cheers.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right.  But I would remove the bow.

  • Anonymous

    I love how Shelley and Betty read the same memo to wear white and carry sparlky silver bags. On her dress, I like it better in the long shots than close up. She kind of looks uncomfortable in it, like it’s wrapping and binding her torso, though you’d never know it from looking at her. But her overall look is fabulous. And I think POTUS looks incredible in a tux. And just look at that smile (:)

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

    Okay I have to say that the ribbon bow for the bodice does give her some off kilter boob thing going on. I am happy to say that I do like this however, I think it might have been better in a soft Silver or an Ivory instead of white white…maybe that’s cause if it was me I would TOTALLY spill something red all over it.

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

    Look closer, the bow results from the wide ribbon which wraps around the waist and the chiffon portions of the bodice. It’s like a toe shoe. I wouldn’t ditch the bow at all – it is a great detail.

    I also don’t always feel the Mrs. O love (though I adore that she tries things that are unusual and fashion forward) but when she gets it right, she really gets it right.

  • Rand Ortega

    Luminous. Statuesque. Sublime.

  • Anonymous

    It is a beautiful gown and she does look statuesque.  But my OCD is kicking in and I want to crawl through my monitor and straighten the bow on her waist. GAR!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lauren.b.rose Lauren Rose

    She looks staggeringly beautiful.  He looks fantastic as well!

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan, but they both look wonderful.  She looks especially lovely.  I do wish they had snipped off the bow at the waist–this is the only thing that stopped it from being perfection in my book.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cakewalkyarns Cakewalk Yarns

    These pictures are adorable. Prince Phillip is diggin’ ShellyO!  And as for, Mr. Obama – not bad in the coat& tails! 

     
     

  • Trinh D.

    I really hate the fact that she always shows her shoulders and arms. Too informal. She can definitely be modern with sleeves. That’s my only complaint with her style.

  • Anonymous

    Hate the bow (and it’s crooked!), the bodice looks too tight and yet … stunning.

  • Anonymous

    I actually gasped when I first saw these pix of the dinner.  BTW, bare arms in the evening, at a formal occasion, are *perfectly* acceptable.  In fact, with arms like that, bare arms should be encouraged!

  • Aidan Bauernschmidt

    She looks magnificent. There’s no other word for it.
    PS, is Mr. President in tails? Badass!
    Philip looks like he’s having the time of his life.

  • Gayle Bower

    To start off with I think Michell looks lovely, except for the little bow… Love the gloves because when can you ever wear them and look just fabulous !
    I think we all like Michelle because she is much younger than some of our former First Ladies so fashion is more exciting.

    Have have read this blog for many years but rarely comment any more.
    There are several commenter that I always read if I have the time…
    Sewing Siren is my #1 favorite, love when she talks about why and how things are made, Brooklyn Bomber and Gotham Tomato too…. But I have noticed over the years if you do comment and disagree with TLo or Gotham she can get a little hard.
    I feel if you state why you like and don’t like something not snarky about it everyone is good but it can be a thin line to walk.

    We all should be able to comment yea or nay ! or like me just read and enjoy what TLo writes about. The Fug Girls too.

    And I think The President looks quite Fabulous too ! 

    cheers,  parsnip

    • Anonymous

      “Sewing Siren is my #1 favorite, love when she talks about why and how things are made”

      This.

    • Anonymous

      “Sewing Siren is my #1 favorite, love when she talks about why and how things are made”

      This.

  • Angela Green

    She could not look better.  And her husband’s face could not declare more clearly “Yep.  I get to go home with that woman.”  The goofy grin on his face is delightful.

  • Angela Green

    She could not look better.  And her husband’s face could not declare more clearly “Yep.  I get to go home with that woman.”  The goofy grin on his face is delightful.

  • http://profiles.google.com/caitlinsteinert Caitlin Steinert

    Those coffee table books are already out! I saw one at the library yesterday! They should have held the presses for this one. Brava, Michelle!

  • http://profiles.google.com/caitlinsteinert Caitlin Steinert

    Those coffee table books are already out! I saw one at the library yesterday! They should have held the presses for this one. Brava, Michelle!

  • Anonymous

    She looks wonderful – dress is gorgeous and fits her beautifully!  The only tiny little “tweak” I’d make to the dress is to make the waistband a little wider so it eases into the hips and gives her more of an hourglass figure.  Oh, and the bow can go too, LOL.  Other than that, love it.  I wonder how much *more* gorgeous she’d look in a saturated color??  I love when she wears those!

    Love the POTUS-super smile!

  • Anonymous

    She looks wonderful – dress is gorgeous and fits her beautifully!  The only tiny little “tweak” I’d make to the dress is to make the waistband a little wider so it eases into the hips and gives her more of an hourglass figure.  Oh, and the bow can go too, LOL.  Other than that, love it.  I wonder how much *more* gorgeous she’d look in a saturated color??  I love when she wears those!

    Love the POTUS-super smile!

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! This might be her “Holy Shit She Looks Amazing” Dress

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! This might be her “Holy Shit She Looks Amazing” Dress

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    The contrast between the two couple and what they represent, historically, is so compelling. As for the dress, I love how the crossed halter frames her smile.

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    The contrast between the two couple and what they represent, historically, is so compelling. As for the dress, I love how the crossed halter frames her smile.

  • joelk75

    From a little way off, I think it looks gorgeous. Up close, there seems to be a bit of a titscrepancy, but that’s a minor nitpick of a great look.

  • joelk75

    From a little way off, I think it looks gorgeous. Up close, there seems to be a bit of a titscrepancy, but that’s a minor nitpick of a great look.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t love the dress (with the bow-haters) but it’s dead on for the occasion and she looks great.

    The Mr. is the real stunner, I think. He looks awesome.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    the expression on the queen’s face in the group photo is hilar.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    the expression on the queen’s face in the group photo is hilar.

  • Anonymous

    oy t-lo i hate disagreeing with you but im not feeling this one. the waiste is far too high – it looks like she cant breathe! the only thing i like about it is the halter neckline… other than that i cant say she looks all that great. the gloves just throw me off completely!!  im not crazy about the earrings either… classic pearls would have been nicer i think. sorry!!! 

  • Anonymous

    oy t-lo i hate disagreeing with you but im not feeling this one. the waiste is far too high – it looks like she cant breathe! the only thing i like about it is the halter neckline… other than that i cant say she looks all that great. the gloves just throw me off completely!!  im not crazy about the earrings either… classic pearls would have been nicer i think. sorry!!! 

  • g8rbait

    Shelly O looks gorgeous.  Mr. O looks like he knows what a very lucky man he is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

    Hey guys, when we saw this on the news this morning, my husband said “wonder what T&L will say?”

    Like the dress, could do without the bow (and maybe the gloves), but she does look great!

  • Anonymous

    I’m still not keen on her perpetual choice of high waisted dresses, and the little bow is annoying. But the dress is WOW otherwise, her hair is fabulous and the gloves look just right to me. So I call this a triple, not a home run.

  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    She looks perfect. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/mochizukisan kyasarin mochizuki

    My mom could not stop talking about this whole look when she saw the photos. Called me at work to tell me how amazing the First Lady looked at Buckingham. Mom remembers Jackie Kennedy in the White House, so I think she’s enjoying having someone with a sense of style as First Lady again.

    Shelly looks amazing here. I have to wonder, though, if someone in the East Wing didn’t call someone at the palace to see if they couldn’t coordinate looks, because she and Betts look like a match set.

  • Ardiva

    The gown is really nice and elegant. Absolutely love it on her.

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    You think this looks good!  Check her out in Ralph Lauren.

    • http://twitter.com/margo8461 Marguerite

      THANK-YOU for the link for the Ralph Lauren photo. She looks breathtakingly elegant in that dress with the dramatic hairstyle. So very proud to have her and the President representing us overseas. Feels good to have a president who is intelligent, educated and articulate and a very stunning and equally educated, intelligent and articulate First Lady. Wow. Taking it in…….

    • Anonymous

      Lord yes!

  • http://twitter.com/margo8461 Marguerite

    Looks Gorgeous! Confident, beautiful, amazing, the list could go on but doesn’t need to. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1020680613 Aunti Laura

    SOMEONE needed to pull off the abdomen bow, though.  that looks rediculous

  • Anonymous

    Love it, love her, love that the Queen still has her handbag.  

  • Margot Brose

    She looks like what she is: our all-American princess! J’adore! I wish she would stop using so much product in her hair though. She has a bit of a long face (a very pretty one, don’t get me wrong) and having her hair all stiff like that like she often does is extremely unflattering, which is too bad, because a softer, natural ‘do would have made this the most perfect look EVER.

  • Lauren Maier

    Yes, Shelley O looks stunning, but has anyone commented/noticed how adorable the Queen looks??  :D

  • elzatelzabelz

    Really? I don’t agree at all. I think the neckline is lovely on her and a shape she should wear more often. But, the stupid little twee bow on her waist? Ugh. Terrible. It’s like she’s TRYING to dress like a 1960s caricature. The colors is fine-but I think a more dramatic or rich color would have worked much better. I give it a meh, if that.

  • Judy Raddue

    Loved-loved-loved it, but what she wore at the U.S. Ambassador’s dinner was even better.  She looks like a modern-day Sargent painting.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/michelle-obama-ralph-lauren-dinner-england_n_867060.html

    • Anonymous

      Michelle looks great in that Ralph Lauren dress. I am not sure about the necklace, bracelet and blue turquoise ring. She needs to lose one or two of those items. However this is a perfect dress for her.

  • Judy Raddue

    What I most appreciate these gala events is that the President always looks so incredibly amazed and delighted that she’s his date.  Obama knows he’s one Lucky Bastard – and the Presidency has nothing to do with it.  

  • http://innerkitchen.wordpress.com/ Mrigaa

    shouldn’t barack have been more buttoned up?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HSVPJYJOR2KT4NPN5AA7IK74I4 hildegerd

    Help her, she does not know what she is doing.

  • http://twitter.com/merrigator merrigator

    GORGEOUS!!!

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  • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

    Too bad she didn’t wear this for the inaugural ball.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    can’t say it better than PeaceBang:  ”Oh, yikes. I don’t think she shut it down at all. I think the dress is awful on her. The thick straps cutting her all into pieces, the too-high boob-hugging empire waist with the fussy bow– actually, it’s an awful dress. Too much going on. And then she adds another dramatic body-cutting dimension with the opera gloves… very, very bad. All I see is a floating head and two chunks of arms. Hate it.”

  • Anonymous

    This may be the only time that I give a dress with a bow an A+. Love it. Love her.

  • Anonymous

    I may not agree with the Obamas politically, but there is absolutely no denying their beauty and charm, imo.

    I think she looks very ‘different’ in this amazing outfit, an original.
    I love the black one that she wore the next night, even better, gads: that one took my breath away, <3 the necklace and bracelet with that material and neckline!!
    But the white one is awesome, too!