Michelle Obama in Chris Benz

Posted on September 16, 2011

We haven’t checked in on Miss Shelley in a while, kittens. Let’s see how she’s doing on the style front.

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center. First Lady Michelle Obama wears a Chris Benz dress.

Love it. That’s her silhouette (as we’ve been saying for years now) and she absolutely can’t go wrong when she sticks with it. And wearing a dress like this with a high-waisted belt detail (as opposed to an actual belt worn high) is the best possible way to showcase the thinnest part of her upper body without making it look like her boobs are resting on the belt. The earrings are a bit on the matchy side, but it doesn’t really set off our Accessory OCD because the dress has a lot of color in it. Speaking of which, this kind of metallic isn’t particularly easy to pull off, but Shelley’s working it. The low-heeled black pumps are perfect and if you must wear a below-the-knee hem, that’s exactly where it should hit; just above the widest point of the calf. Love the center-parted hair. The makeup looks like a slight improvement; both her eyes and her brows look softer than we’re used to seeing. The only part we can criticize is the visible lip -liner, which pains us a little bit. Also, we’re a bit surprised not to see any of her patented cuffs or bangles, which would have worked well here. Still, she looks chic and as understated as one can be in a metallic strapless sheath.

[Photo Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images]

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