Michelle Obama, Risk-Taker

Posted on November 22, 2011

The thing with Shelley is, she’s a risk-taker with her fashion. That means that she’s going to get more attention from the fashion press than any First Lady in recent memory. It also means that she’s going to go out in some highly questionable outfits.

 

President Barack Obama signs legislation into law that will provide business tax credits to help put veterans back to work during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.

Like so. Lorenzo thinks this is interesting to look at and that she deserves a lot of credit for not staying on the narrow style path forged by most of her forebears. Tom agrees on both points, but thinks that “interesting to look at” can often be a euphemism for something that’s not quite attractive to look at and that this awkward getup is exactly that. Kudos to her for not sticking to the sensible suits of previous First Ladies; that’ll always be something about her that we applaud. But the downside to that (and surely something she finds personally very upsetting) is that we won’t always be able to applaud her individual style choices. It’s called “taking a risk” for a reason.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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

      This looks like a girls’ jumper from the 1970’s.  Not acceptable.

      • Anonymous

        oh my, i am confident i have a grade school pic wearing this same dress…circa 1971……

        • foodycat

          I think my mum is wearing this in my baby photos!

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

        Looks like stuff my mom made in home ec in 1970.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I was just going to write that, but decided to read the comments instead. I think I had one in blue / green.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      I really wish we could get a full-length shot, because I bet the amount of leg she is showing sort of downplays the dowdiness of the cut of the dress. The sleeves are interesting but odd–kind of like dickies for her arms.

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

        You can see her legs in the first shot.  Yep, still dowdy.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      If that dress had only one sleeve I think it would be miles better. I’d vote for the orange sleeve. The two in one sleeve just looks so odd that I can’t stop staring at it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/laura.magner Laura Corson Magner

        And a belt in another tone. Bronze, silver, maybe? There’s no jewelry to bring the look to adult from kiddie, either.

      • http://www.facebook.com/laura.magner Laura Corson Magner

        And a belt in another tone. Bronze, silver, maybe? There’s no jewelry to bring the look to adult from kiddie, either.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I know this is all about Mrs. O (who is fabulous) but I’d like to give it up for Mrs. Biden. She can be more traditional, but is always very well put together.

      As for the outfit itself, I love our First Lady but can’t cosign pink pilgrim forearms and the odd things the dress is doing to her stomach.

      • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

        Dr. Jill gets her nails done at the salon next door to the salon where I get my hair done, and she is always impeccable. And the Secret Service guy she generally has with her there is 110% hot in a DILF way, and always asks to see her nails before they leave (yes, I obsessively peer out the window at them when we’re there at the same time. I’m probably on a list). 

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

          One of the most important traits in a Secret Service agent (particularly those assigned to the families) is the ability to relate to their charges…

        • Anonymous

          That would be a SSGILF, no?

          • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

            Pretty much all Secret Service guys are SSGILF — they don’t take any clunkers as far as I’ve seen. This one is of a specifically Dadish type hotness. 

        • Sobaika Mirza

          I love that! I like to think of Secret Service Agents as people who get so integrated into their lives so much so that the DILF legitimately is interested in her nails. That’s possible, right? It’s not that I have seen too much West Wing?

          • Isadora Paiva

            There is no such thing as too much West Wing! God, I miss that show… I miss Josh *sigh*

            • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

              I was just going to say that…

          • BerlinerNYC

            I like to imagine that he’s a hot gay DILF and sees keeping Dr. Biden at maximum fierceness as part of his sworn duty. Also, I really like to imagine that I am dating a hot gay DILF secret service agent with good fashion sense. That would be like my Astronaut Mike Dexter.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3HKIK7MIJMBDAQBDWEAQDTXUM theneva

              This needs to be a movie. Now.

          • BerlinerNYC

            I like to imagine that he’s a hot gay DILF and sees keeping Dr. Biden at maximum fierceness as part of his sworn duty. Also, I really like to imagine that I am dating a hot gay DILF secret service agent with good fashion sense. That would be like my Astronaut Mike Dexter.

      • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

        I LOVE Dr. Biden and feel like she is the patron saint for all of us female professors who are tired of being stereotyped as dumpy and frumpy (although there are many who give creedence to that stereotype).  She proves that “smart girls” ARE, in fact, beautiful and stylish. (Not to say that the First Lady isn’t smart…I was just gushing over Dr. Biden because we’re both profs….okay, I’ll stop now before I get myself into trouble…)

        • Anonymous

          Preach it, sister professor!  I play personal stylist to several in my department, but there are also many fashionable ladies on our campus.  Dr. Biden rocks, as I’m sure you do :)

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes! I still remember the high boots she wore to the inauguration. Both practical (it was COLD) and fierce, which is not a term I’m used to associating with Second Ladies.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes! I still remember the high boots she wore to the inauguration. Both practical (it was COLD) and fierce, which is not a term I’m used to associating with Second Ladies.

    • Anonymous

      Gross. She doesn’t look like a woman, she looks like a box. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jill.m.woods Jill Woods

      I think it is cute, as in I live in the 80’s and am wearing a trendy maternity dress. Poor Barrack though, I haven’t realized how much he has aged.

      • Anonymous

        All presidents I can remember (and that’s going back a few) look a good ten years older at the end of their first term. Some, even more.

    • Anonymous

      That’s just not right and is a rare mistake on her part.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      I’m pretty sure this is out of the Mamie Eisenhower archive.

    • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

      This is only acceptable if she’s about to sing a rousing chorus of “It’s a Sunshine Day (Everybody’s Smilin’)”

    • Anonymous

      It’s the sleeves I don’t like.  As a very long-armed tall female myself, I don’t like seeing wristbones sticking out of what were clearly (to me) meant to be full-length sleeves.  The puffiness/filminess of the lower arm adds to the “look-at-my-too-short-sleeves”-i-ness of the look.  If the lower sleeve had been of the same weight as the upper sleeve, not puffy and had had eitherh no gathers at the cuff (or no cuff at all) and had been long enough, I would like this dress very, very much.  I think the color combo, with the relative simplicity of the dress, make an 80’s-vibe professional woman who doesn’t mind being looked at kind of statement

    • marcella peek

      Mary Tyler Moore wants her dress back.  

      • Now I am The Bee

        Exaaaaaaaly!  I can totally see Mary Richards wearing this in the newsroom.  With a scarf. 

      • Anonymous

        Too funny because before I saw this, I posted “if she was Rhoda Morgenstern . . .”!!

    • Anonymous

      When did Mr. Prez start going grey? I missed that!

      • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

        I’m guessing January 21, 2009….

      • Michael Morandi

        it’s a lot of pressure redistributing everyone elses money, and until the government starts handing out money so everyone is entitled to gray free hair……

      • Anonymous

        Oh it’s been happening for awhile. It comes with the territory, bipartisanly.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, before and after photographs of presidents show how much they age.  All that pressure and no matter what you do legions of people are going to think you’re wrong.  I love how she’s hugging him in that last photo and I can’t remember seeing another photograph of a president and a first lady where she is that openly affectionate.
          As for the dress – close but no cigar.  Kudos for adventurousness, though – how refreshing!

          • Anonymous

            This.  I’m not a particular fan of either her or him, but their true (and public) affection for each other is just so…cozy.  In that way they’re unlike any other first couple, and I’m grateful for that.  Usually first ladies seem so…frosty.  Or pushed off to the side.  I find their behavior towards each other very warm, charming, and unforced.

          • Alisa Rivera

            Not only that, but she’s grasping JOE BIDEN’s hand in one photo. Love that! 

    • Anonymous

      Love that last picture and don’t care what she has on! Although, I will admit this is ‘interesting’ and makes me feel kind of odd that they are the very same colors in which I redecorated my bathroom! Cheerful!

      • vix eljay

        Ditto about that last pic — when’s the last time we saw a Commander-in-Chief with his wife’s arms wrapped around him so lovingly?  I think it’s absolutely fucking adorable.

    • Anonymous

      I do appreciate her risk taking, but this one did not pay off.  It is just an odd look.  The colors are wrong, the sleeves are strange and the waist is in the wrong place.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate it. Its a little casual for first lady at official business for my tastes and I think the contrast on color could be just a tad more contrasty (heehee) to really make it shite. The cuffs could fit better as well.

      • Anonymous

        I do hate it and she looks like she just threw on some old house dress and walked out the door.

    • Anonymous

      I actually like it, but then again I love orange/pink together.  FRom certain angles it’s just not quite so flattering, but from other angles it is.  Odd.  I can see how it’s risky, but overall I like.  

    • MilaXX

      As one who occasionally likes an odd look, this almost works.  What I don’t like is how the sleeves are designed. That cuff at the elbow is what pushes this look over the edge for me. If it was a simple color blocked sleeve, and a sheath cut instead of an A line skirt, I might be on board with this dress.

    • Anonymous

      it’s an “almost” and an admirable “almost”. agree with you boys!

    • Cathy S

      She looks colorfully Amish. That dress hides her very nice shape and makes her look rectangular. And I really hate those sleeves.

    • Anonymous

      Would’ve loved to seen a full length shot.  I think a scarf or necklace might have helped.

    • Anonymous

      Oh dear. Not her dress. Actually, I cannot imagine whose dress this would be.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my god that last picture is too adorable. It’s so great to see such genuine affection and love between them. I can’t even snark about the fashion. Jill Biden looks amazing as always.

    • Erica Niemiec

      I’m not in love with the outfit, but that last picture just makes me so happy that it almost makes this work. I love how much the Obamas clearly love each other. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      I like a good orange +  pink combo, but the weird 3/4+1/4 sleeves are KILLING me. Full or 3/4. I’d go with the red in full and keep the puffy sleeve and make the cuff pink, but as it is it looks cobbled together.

    • Anonymous

      I like the shape, not the colors.

    • Anonymous

      I love the colors on her, but ditto the comments about the weird sleeves.  The dress is just barely this side of twee.

    • Jessica Rowe

      I love it. I think it is cute and trendy – not stuffy.  It shows she’s a free spirit and has a sense of humour.  Wish I could see the shoes better, though.  They may be… not good.

      • Anonymous

        I agree! I’d wear it.  Damn the torpedoes.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      Yeah…not loving it…but I am loving that adorable picture of Mr and Mrs President in that last pic :-)

    • Stephen Bornstein

      I didn’t realize garanimals had a first lady fashion line…hee hee. She always looks swell and individualizes her wardrobe, sometimes it works less than others, but over all kudos to the First Lady.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sophia.kor Sophia Kor

      The hug is so sweet.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VOQSAYZ7H2OBX6LOJNNIBSSE Amanda

      It looks like something you’d see on “The Brady Bunch” or “Partridge Family”.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      I love this! I am so sad that the minions hate it. I get that it’s inspired by the early 70’s smock-type of dress but I love the colors and fabrics and the cut and I think it looks hip and modern and cool.  I wish she was wearing a funky, medallion necklace and I bet others would like the look better if we had a full length shot. I’m sticking to my guns though on this – some of us gals like a cute, cool dress now and then and I feel that everyone is being too literal in their judging. Just because it reminds you of a dress you hated, doesn’t mean it is that dress.
      And Dr. Jill looks beautiful as always but that suit is the pits – uck! Peplum, navy blue and black pumps – how can someone so interesting and vivacious dress so ‘eh’?

    • Anonymous

      The Sister-Wife went a little crazy and decided to dye her dress

    • Anonymous

      I think this looks very seventies teen.  Bleh.

      But you guys, I thought she looked pretty cute giving the command to start engines at the final NASCAR race of the season Sunday! (and maybe I just said that so that I could say to another group of people that my favorite driver won the championship LOL!)

      • Anonymous

        My favorite too!

    • Anonymous

      The two biggest problems with this outfit is that it seems “twee” and that the sleeves are too tailored to be so awkwardly short. As a tall woman, it is always a struggle to find sleeves that hit right, but Mrs. Obama should have no problem getting sleeves custom-fit to her wonderfully tall figure.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely a Mrs. Brady dress. I don’t much like it, but I can’t say it looks awful either. I do like the colors on her.

      And I do so looooove that last photo. All politics aside, this is a couple who obviously love each other very much and that’s a mighty fine thing to witness.

      • Anonymous

        That was and is and always will be my first thought when I see them. Have we ever seen another first couple as comfortable with each other? And the way they look at each other–melt’s my poor partnerless heart.
        Umm the dress, tend to agree with most of what has been said. Do love the colors tho’ and don’t think they are inapproriate. Also like the long sleeves for a change. But way too high waisted.

    • Anonymous

      Too schoolgirl. 

    • Anonymous

      its not my fave but i just love our shelley!

    • Anonymous

      Yuck. Not only is it dowdy in its shape and detail, it’s also way too attention-grabbing for this setting. If she was reading to children or giving a talk or was the focus of the event, then it would be fine (but still dowdy, of course.)

    • Anonymous

      I reminds me of something from a Simplicity pattern catalogue circa 1970-72.

      –GothamTomato

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I like the colors on her (not on most people!) but it all looks too short–the sleeves, the waist. She looks good at the podium, though.

    • Anonymous

      The color blocking is interesting, but it makes her look dowdy, which she is not…

    • aimee_parrott

      I do applaud the risk, but that is one. ugly. garment.

    • Anonymous

      Does she cut/style her hair with a Flowbee?

    • Anonymous

      I can’t get behind this dress.  I can’t imagine what Mrs. Obama would have to do to make me love her less, but this dress is proof that even the deepest, most abiding love can sometimes encounter a rocky patch.

    • Anonymous

      The colors on her are so good that I don’t care much about the dress itself.  It makes me sad that Barack is giving the thumbs up.  That’s a creepy G.W. Bush maneuver.  You’re too good for that, Mr. President.

    • Bonnie Chernoff

      I like her hair… that’s the only nice thing I can say. She looks like a 7 foot 2nd grader from 1974. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow.  My two least favorite colors in one horrifying mashup.  Ew.

    • Anonymous

      Noooooo!  Shelley!  You’re not in grammar school anymore! 

      Seriously, those sleeves look like what happens when a 10-year-old pulls a sweater on over a puffy-sleeved blouse.  

      And it doesn’t fit!  It’s baggy in the bust, the waist seems to have wandered in out of the rain and plopped itself just anywhere, and the sleeve-length is neither here nor there.  On top of all that, that combination of textures and colors does not work at all.

      OUT!

      (And while we’re at it:  Jill, go put on some hose.)

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

      Lovely, orange and pink – she looks like a duncan donuts franchise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521921974 Ellen Novak Tiene

      I made something like that when the Bicentennial Wagon Train passed through my town in 1976 – very prairie, homespun looking – so not very first lady like.  

    • Anonymous

      I scrolled down quickly to the last 2 shots. Let’s just leave it at that.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      I rather like this, but the sleeves are a bit odd.

    • Sara__B

      She’s a refreshing burst of lovely color in a sea of black, gray, and navy blue, but the proportions of this odd dress aren’t working for her. I’m glad she takes risks, though. I enjoy seeing what she wears!

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

      They’re so cute together.  I think the dress might have worked better, if the colors hadn’t been quite so similar.

    • Anonymous

      I like it a lot. The colors are great and the whole thing works for me as a “work dress” with punch. And yes Jill Biden is a snappy dresser as well, although she doesn’t take any risks with color like Mrs O. does. 

    • Anonymous

      I kind of dig it, but I have the same reservations about it as many others here do: the proportions are a little odd and the colors could be a little deeper or brighter (for more contrast). A+ for effort, B for execution.

    • Anonymous

      I love it.  She looks like a breath of fresh air in that room full of blue and gray.  But then, I love the poppy red/pink combo that seems so hot right now.  

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely love the colors on this, but either she is too short-waisted or the dress/skirt is too short-waisted – and I say this being a short-waisted person myself. However, she still looks great – especially in the last photo.

    • Rand Ortega

      I love it. The color blocking, the sleeves, the length. My only quibble is the waist is a bit loose. If it had been an inch more fitted, I would give it a WERQ. A dynamic dress for a dynamic lady.
      IN.

    • Megan Sears

      This reminds me of the outfits Emma and the kids wore in Glee when the sang “Afternoon Delight”.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Hugging her sweetie POTUS at the podium – I like that!

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      I say IN. I thought at first the skirt was floor-length, which would have been difficult to get behind. As it is, it is interesting without being ugly.

    • Anonymous

      I love the colors, and I think she looks good in it, though it is pretty literal in terms of being “retro.” Still, love that our First Lady is so bold! 

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      That is a hell of a risk, and she’s pulling it off remarkably well considering. I think if it were more closely fitted it could have worked.  With everything that’s going on with that dress, that’s kind of an accomplishment.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a FRANKEN-DRESS!!  

    • Anonymous

      I think this outfit is too childish. I also don’t like that shade of red with that shade of pink.

    • Anonymous

      I like it a lot. It reminds me of the 60s, but not in a weird way, just in a cute way. So, yeah, I would say cute rather than smashing or something. But I still like it.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like a piece from Cloris Leachman’s wardrobe for Phyllis. One that was rejected from the final taping because it was too damned ugly.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      I’m thinking, ‘homemade maternity jumper c. 1972.’ Not a good look. Sorry Shelley!

    • margaret meyers

      I like the Phyllisness of it all.  Or is it Bradyness of it all? I want to hate this dress, but it has an appealing quality.  Maybe it’s just nostalgia.

      Does Barry know Shelley is holding hands with Joey behind his back… and they look cute and comfortable doing it!

    • Anonymous

      That looks ridiculous

    • Anonymous

      I don’t love it…Maybe a bit more tailored through the waist, with different sleeves, and different colors…
      Actually: She should have worn her typical sleeveless dress in a bright color of interesting pattern. 

    • http://twitter.com/AileenBartels Aileen Bartels

       The contrasting lower sleeves, the neckline, the apron-like contrasting bodice say “18th century serving wench” to me.  But I don’t care, she’s awesome for not appearing in boring political wife suits.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

      This is bad. Really.

    • Anonymous

      Ohh, that last photo. <3

      • Lattis

        That last photo just makes me want to gush and I am not a gusher. He looks like he’s saying, ” Look at her. Am I lucky, or what?!” If it would work . . . I’d pay my husband to look like that in a photo of us! :)

    • Anonymous

      School teacher’s 2nd or 3rd best work dress, she thought it would be her best semi-edgy day dress when she bought it but it got demoted in the cold light of her bedroom.

    • Now I am The Bee

      No–the shape  of this dress is not for her.  As a tall woman with long arms–she just looks like a schoolgirl here.  The waist is too high and the sleeves are too short.  Looks like she got this dress from a short pudgy lady. 
      I do love the colors though, and I like the way they were used on this dress–but not the fabrics.  There seems to be too much difference int he weight of the fabrics–the orange is sturdy and the magenta is too flimsy. 
      Not her best look.  But–the last pic is darling–I do like that she and Mr. O have genuine affection for one another. 

    • Anonymous

      You know, I want to hate it, but somehow I can’t. And how cute is she hugging her husband?

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

      She’s a beautiful woman and clearly doesn’t want to be a boring, blend-in background prop at these events. I just don’t know what she was thinking with that dress, though. It’s not attractive at all, and I’m having a hard time imagining a situation or a person for whom it would not be so.

    • Anonymous

      And yet, I kinda like it for the jolt of color.

    • elzatelzabelz

      That is fug. No redeeming points for trying. F-u-g.

    • Judy_J

      I like it.  She looks great, and I applaud her for wearing something unexpected.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always thought she dresses like the world’s coolest 5th grade teacher.

    • Anonymous

      Applause for all the things you applauded, TLo. I do appreciate that she takes fashion risks. And if it was 1970 and she was Rhoda Morgenstern, I’d love this. As it is, it’s 2011, she’s Michelle Obama, and this silhouette and color palette aren’t cutting it.

      • Lattis

        Man, I can see Rhoda walking through the hanging beads in her apartment in this dress. The one thing I like about this dress is the red on MO. She looks so good in that color.  

    • Anonymous

      When I was in culinary school my chefs used the word “interesting” when something just didn’t quite “work”
      leek ice cream…interesting
      foie gras truffles…interesting

      This outfit is…interesting

    • Anonymous

      The woman is an experienced lawyer, and yet she presents herself/is made to present herself/is presented by the media, as no different than Jackie O. Just a classy lady with frocks, people! 

      It doesn’t make me think any better of the administration, that they’re so wimpy on liberal issues, that even the president’s wife has to soothe the reactionary set by pretending she isn’t an accomplished professional in her own right.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t like the shape all that much but I LOVE the colors. And doesn’t she stand out against all that blue, gray and black.

    • Anonymous

      I like the colors, but why always such high-waisted looks?  

    • Anonymous

      When such a beautiful woman can wear such an odd dress and still command the room, it becomes a risk well taken. And when the commander-in-chief also so obviously adores his wife, there ain’t nothing left to say but HOO-RAH!

    • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

      I actually like it, the changes I would make are thus: more cinched waist and a bra that shoves the girls up and forward. Well done Shelly, it’s a bit different innit.

    • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

      I actually like it, the changes I would make are thus: more cinched waist and a bra that shoves the girls up and forward. Well done Shelly, it’s a bit different innit.

    • Anonymous

      Very 70s. I don’t like it but the colours are good and I just can’t hate it either. It has something.

      Can someone explain to me :) Now I understand when it’s a photo opportunity it’s a get in shot thing, but there seems to be a habit in the US of cramming loads of people close together when anyone makes a speech. Sometimes it looks like a ‘how many people can we get on this podium’ competition :D It seems to apply whether it’s the president or just any random figure who happens to have an announcement to make. Here in the UK they tend to spread out more or be seated farther behind. Is it a cultural thing? less personal space required? It’s just been puzzling me as someone pointed it out to me a while ago and now I’m really noticing it.

    • Anonymous

      Very 70s. I don’t like it but the colours are good and I just can’t hate it either. It has something.

      Can someone explain to me :) Now I understand when it’s a photo opportunity it’s a get in shot thing, but there seems to be a habit in the US of cramming loads of people close together when anyone makes a speech. Sometimes it looks like a ‘how many people can we get on this podium’ competition :D It seems to apply whether it’s the president or just any random figure who happens to have an announcement to make. Here in the UK they tend to spread out more or be seated farther behind. Is it a cultural thing? less personal space required? It’s just been puzzling me as someone pointed it out to me a while ago and now I’m really noticing it.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Not feeling that at all.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Not feeling that at all.

    • Anonymous

      How sassy does Jill Biden look, though?!

    • Anonymous

      How sassy does Jill Biden look, though?!

    • P M

      Dang. I was going to say “but the colours look nice!”. Then I looked closer at the sleeves. So close  to bitter-kitten approval, Shelley-O, so close! 

    • Karen McCulloch

      I love Mrs. O, but this is hideous, from the odd color palette to the frumpy bodice to the what-the-hell-are-those sleeves.  Yech.

    • Karen McCulloch

      I love Mrs. O, but this is hideous, from the odd color palette to the frumpy bodice to the what-the-hell-are-those sleeves.  Yech.

    • Bridget Dierks

      Aw, but aren’t they just the CUTEST couple?

    • Bridget Dierks

      Aw, but aren’t they just the CUTEST couple?

    • Anonymous

      The problem is the high waist.  Why couldn’t this have been tailored for her?  If the waist hit appropriately, this would be, as TLO says, “an interesting look”.

    • Anonymous

      The problem is the high waist.  Why couldn’t this have been tailored for her?  If the waist hit appropriately, this would be, as TLO says, “an interesting look”.

    • Anonymous

      The waist is too high (surprise!), but I’d like it if she’d had someone rip out those weird extra sleeves!

    • Anonymous

      The waist is too high (surprise!), but I’d like it if she’d had someone rip out those weird extra sleeves!

    • Anonymous

      I like it, but not necessarily for that occasion. Still, I like it. Look at Jill and her careful little blue suit and brooch. That cracks me up.

    • CQAussie

      I agree, it’s an odd looking outfit but I still like it better than Jill’s outfit.  Although Jill’s pumps are FIERCE.  Well, as fierce as it can be for the VP’s Wife =D  Seriously though, is Barack and Michelle the cutest couple or what??  =D

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/latherr/ justnick

      Mary Travers realness.
      I am a fan.

    • bailey debruynkops

      I love this, the sleeves are really fun and the colors are fine, i just wish the bodice fit better. she’s so awesome.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

      Hate that color combo.  Seems like it’s popular lately.

    • Anonymous

      I really, really like this dress.  And I am quite a fan of the color combo.  I would have belted it with one of her wide belts though.  It seems a little lost and shapeless right at the waist.

    • Anonymous

      It’s too big!  But I do  give her props for forward fashion, she’s brave.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I heart it. In fact, I want it. LUV HUH. Also? Love her and Joe Biden holding hands. 

    • Jessica Goldstein

      Don’t like at all, but the issue of the dress is dwarfed by the warm fuzzies of seeing how they look together in that last photo. I swear if I ever find out they secretly hate each other, I’m going to be crushed.

    • Anonymous

      I can embrace this look but would make a few alterations.  I’d do the sleeves in one fabric without the faux 2 pices look and I’d do them in one color with a contrasting cuff.  Also, I’d drop the high waist 2 inches.  It’d be fabulous then.  I just don’t understand her love of the high-waist.  She’s tall, but not that tall… 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1102410968 Liz Davey
    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      Not my favorite.  I particularly hate the sleeves.  However, kudos to her for trying the unexpected.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      I really love it!

    • Anonymous

      Nicely couched criticism.  For me, the main problem is the colors, which clash (although no color combo seem off-limits in fashion anymore).  I think it would have looked in in black and gray, for example.  Or one color might have worked.

    • Lois Casaleggi

      The dress is awful, but the podium saves it. It didn’t look quite as horrendous when the bottom color block was out of sight.

    • Anonymous

      Is that a sport watch Jill Biden is wearing?  And black pumps with that cute navy suit??   Oh that is just such pure DC right there…