Michelle Obama in Peter Som

Posted on February 23, 2012

We haven’t checked in on Shelley for a while. Let’s rectify.

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama wore a dress and coat by Peter Som.

 

What a fabulously First Lady-ish coat. Classic, with a modern feel to it that keeps it from being too Jackie or Mamie. Can’t see the dress, but we really don’t have to with a coat like that. Now, can we talk about the shoes? Because we really hate Mary Janes with heels, but this pair is totally working for us. We think it’s the combo of kitten heel, pointy toe, and delicate strap that’s making it work, proving that proportions matter even in shoes.

There’s nothing earth-shattering about any of this, but it’s all put together quite well.

MAN, do they both look exhausted.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • Laura Rizzo

      They *do* look exhausted. Poor First Guy and Doll.

      • BrooklynBomber

        That’s what you get for staying up all night partying with BB King & Mick Jagger!

        • NCDFan

          Fundraising is such a thankless job!

          • nancymae

            They weren’t fundraising. They hosted a tribute to the blues. It will be on PBS in a bit.
            Must have partied well into their morning briefings because they look beat!

        • Rand Ortega

           Don’t forget the President singing!

    • Gayer_Than_Thou

      I love it.  From what I can tell about the dress, I’m not 100% sure it works with that coat, but she looks great.

      A somewhat tangential question: these outfits are loaners, right? Or gifts?  Or does she have a clothing budget?

      • BrooklynBomber
      • Stubenville

        There was a huge kerfuffle about Nancy Reagan taking free clothes “to save the fashion industry”, so I imagine Shelly pays for these. And there is no White House budget for personal items whatsoever; the President and his family pay for their own clothes, food, toothpaste, everything.

        • Stubenville

          Any clothes that are donated belong to the US Government and go to the Smithsonian after the Obamas leave the White House.

      • mommyca

        From what I understand she buys her own clothes…. but I could be wrong… 

        • nancymae

          Yep. They buy all their clothes and she turned down discounts that some of the designers offered.

          • Modern Belle

            The President and First Lady are responsible for personal expenses such as clothing. The White House also bills them for private meals that aren’t official government functions, so they still have food and staff expenditures.

        • MilaXX

           Yes this question comes up every so often. Bottom line, she buys her own clothes.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LIE6ISFQUBIAO7OB6U5TAVXXQ Depot'er

      Sorry T’Lo, I have to disagree… looks like she is wearing a roll of carpet, very stiff, boxy and the pockets- ech. I would love to see whats hiding underneath (the tiny sliver we see looks intriguing… The shoes rock tho.

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

        Agreed.  With such a slamming body this coat is just wrong for her.

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

        Agreed.  With such a slamming body this coat is just wrong for her.

      • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

        Agreed, LOVE the shoes though.  I too normally hate Mary Janes but these proportions are perfect.

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

      Meh, not a fan of this coat. I like the colors I just don’t like the shape. LOVE her, though…

    • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

      Both of them are so good looking… it’s redic. But I worry about the election on them. 

      • EditKitten

        I’ve started noticing that he’s looking suddenly much older lately — then again, that’s what presidency does. But it wasn’t until the third picture that I went, “Damn.”

        • NC_Meg

          It is insane how much he has aged. This is from April 2008: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barack_Obama_-_2008.jpg Damn, indeed.

          • EditKitten

            Holy cannoli.

        • Derek_anny

           There was an article in one of the big papers a month or two ago about the aging.  It basically said the Presidency doesn’t affect life expectancy, just appearance.

    • Stubenville


      MAN, do they both look exhausted.

      They have every right to be; look at all the insults thrown their way by the field of Republican hopefuls. I can’t imagine that it’s pleasant to be doing a good job and be called Satan on national TV. They’re both a class act.

      • CozyCat

        Well, they milked the “he wasn’t born in the US” bs for about as much as they could.  Time to move on to a new ridiculous meme….

        • serenitynow02

          Time to move on to a new ridiculous meme….

          That would be when they demand he produce his long-form Authentic Certificate of Real Live Christian

          • Spicytomato1

            I’m glad people can joke about this because without the humor I’d be crying pretty much all the time.

            • serenitynow02

              They make it so easy. When you’ve got a Catholic Ayatollah who clearly fantasizes about the Inquisition, a guy who straps his dog to the roof of his car, a philandering hot air balloon with a Stepford wife AND Ron Paul all running, how can you NOT laugh?

            • travelingcat

              I had to stop laughing long enough to reply and let you know I’m now officially a fan. :)

            • Laura Rizzo

              i used to be Republican and i’m definitely depressed by this election every which way. :S i want to wash my hands of the whole affair.

          • Spicytomato1

            I’m glad people can joke about this because without the humor I’d be crying pretty much all the time.

      • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

         Oh sure, he’s the first president to be continually slammed, insulted and called Satan on television. yup. Goes with the job.

        • Rand Ortega

           He’s certainly the 1st to be insulted, continually slammed & called Satan based on his race. Should NOT go w/ the job. Particularly in this country.
          http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/marilyn-davenport-chimp-email-ignites-controversy-republicans/story?id=13400480#.T0aWU_UxPcw

        • Stubenville

          Perhaps you’re too young to remember, but there was a time when people who disagreed with the President didn’t call him Satan or shout “You lie” when he was addressing Congress. Such language and behavior demeans the office of the President and is an insult to every American.

          • dress_up_doll

            Amen!

          • SapphoPoet

            Well said.

          • Spicytomato1

            Amen. Speaking of lack of respect for the office of the POTUS, there was also a time when schools would show the President’s back to school address without having to provide an “alternate activity” for the kids whose parents don’t want them exposed his potentially harmful message. 

            (Oh no…I can feel my blood boiling again just writing about it…)

          • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

            Indeed.  I don’t mind anyone calling a politician out on his political actions.  But this flailing desperation to drag our sitting Prez through the mud is beyond tired.  Have some damn dignity for goodness sake, especially the ones running for high office!

      • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

        Yep.  Unfortunately all presidents are targets.  Remember the truly disgusting stuff aimed at W.?  Baby killer and the like?  Even JFK was not immune–I remember when he was campaigning, they said, because he was Catholic, he’d answer to the Pope before answering to Congress.   This stuff has gone on since George Washington. 

        • Spicytomato1

          So true, amazing how history repeats itself. I just watched an American Experience on PBS about Bill Clinton…I had forgotten how much his tenure paralleled Obama’s in terms of opposition, fear and loathing.

        • Stubenville

          Unfortunately what I remember about President G. W. Bush was that when people insulted him, there were howls of indignation from Republicans. I remember hearing “How dare you question the President’s patriotism” on TV when it was suggested that he sent us to war based on flimsy evidence. 

          You’re right about Kennedy and the “answer to the Pope” comments; I remember hearing those as a child. Now we have Santorum who wears his Catholic convictions on his sleeve.

          And you can’t be old enough to remember comments about Washington!  =)

          • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

             Well, the point is that when it’s “my guy” being insulted, it’s terrible, racist, unpatriotic, etc, etc. When it’s your guy, it’s protected speech and oh, you should hear the indignation! I don’t support the nastiness directed at Obama, but he’s not the first to experience it and he won’t be the last, sadly. If Colin Powell had run as a republican, he’d have also received quite a beat down, but it would be coming from the left – would that have been racism?  I believe Adams and Jefferson had pretty nasty things to say to one another as well, although I was not there personally!

            • Eva_baby

              The difference is when the insult is based on not what you do but what you are.  Obama’s otherness  is thrown up time and time again in ways that reinforce that the objection to him isn’t just or only about the same old us vs. them party politics.   Since they come right out and say anything about him being black, they used coded language — he’s a  supposed Muslim (which, dude seriously is out and out racism), his citizenship, Malia’s hair, trying to frame Michelle as ‘Angry’, and so on and so on. 

              Anyway…..LOVE the coat!

    • sarahofalessergod

      The coat is nice, not spectacular.  I’m just adoring the expression of the little girl she’s hugging.  It’s all, “yeah, I am getting a squeeze from Shelley O. You SHOULD be jealous.”

      • BarniClaw

        Oh, man, you made me laugh out loud!

    • CassandraMortmain

      Shiny upholstery fabric.  Weird pockets.  Unflattering shape.  That is one hideous coat.  LOVE the shoes.

    • serenitynow02

      I love the First Lady, but I would rip those shoes off her feet and put them on mine in one nanosecond.

      Oh and she does look nice, but the coat is not my favorite.

      • MilaXX

        yes, loving the shoe

    • mommyca

      Here you can see what the dress underneath looked like:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/february-2012-photo-day

      Cute dress too!!! I love she does contrasting patterns, in this case I think they complement pretty nicely.  

      • Anathema_Device

         That is a great dress. Thanks for the link.

        • Laura Rizzo

          that’s a great photo! so cute!

      • http://iwonderandiwander.wordpress.com/ Kris

         Seriously, a First Lady who does pattern mixing!!!  Cathy Cambridge should take notes. 

      • julnyes

         Oh my goodness, the picture right before it of The President hugging a little girl is making me all weepy with its cuteness.

        (I might be a little hormonal – ignore the crying)

    • Patricia Gillett

       The coat is awesome but I’m not tall enough to work it like Shelley. Love the shoes, though!  I’ll take those!

    • http://www.kittenmasks.com/ kittenmasks

      Those look like Manolos.
      I’m glad that you can’t see the dress. I feel like the double print might give headaches.

    • jenno1013

      Maybe it’s the lighting, but the shoes look like they might be a very dark green color?  Which, if true, is BRILLIANT.  Way to pick up on the colors in the coat without matchy-matchying.

      • another_laura

        Good catch! I think you’re spot-on.

    • Anathema_Device

      Love it all. Good week for fabulous outerwear, with Cathy Cambridge bringing it a day or two ago.

      Adore those shoes. manageable heel and a little strap to keep your foot in place. What a concept!

    • Cathy S

      I love the coat and the shoes.  And yeah, they look exhausted, poor things.

    • formerlyAnon

      Love the coat. From the glimpse in the first photo, it wasn’t chosen to coordinate with the dress, though.

      Yes, they look tired. I’m surprised mid-life public figures with real jobs and appearance schedules don’t look exhausted more often. Most of the people *I* know past the first blush of youth look tired most of the time.

    • RocknLox

      Wow… Mamie though? 

    • Sam Corbett

      I like the lines of the coat, I just don’t like the pattern on her. She’s a gorgeous woman who can carry off a lot, but tends toward these very busy fabrics. I much prefer her in bold solid colors, or good color-blocking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      Love the coat. Kind of wish that his tie picked up the blue hue from her set. 

    • http://twitter.com/phirephoenix Phire

      Not at all a fan of the coat, but the shoes are fab. 

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

      Besides, she has fabulous legs, so the Mary Jane’s do work better for her than most of us.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mikemoralesLA Mike Morales

      She always looks pretty good to me, she’s just awesome. And her shoe game is always perfect. I’m surprised to see the President in a tie that is a color other than red and blue though but thank god! They really are a striking couple.

    • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

      I think these shoes work because the strap isn’t around the ankle like a true Mary Jane.   Mary Janes have tendency make even the most delicate of legs look like they’ve got cankles.  But these shoes are pretty feminine and lady like. 

      I am so lusting after them right now.

    • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

      I think these shoes work because the strap isn’t around the ankle like a true Mary Jane.   Mary Janes have tendency make even the most delicate of legs look like they’ve got cankles.  But these shoes are pretty feminine and lady like. 

      I am so lusting after them right now.

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

      I’m wondering why she has the coat on indoors, with only one button buttoned.  I’d like to see the dress.  Don’t love the coat, but thanks to Cathy of Cambridge we now have a huge infusion of stylish coats and fasicnators that Americans look ridiculous in.  In the last shot she has the look like “Say one more bad thing about my husband and see what I’ll do…”

      • Anathema_Device

         It was a ground-breaking ceremony, so perhaps that is an outdoor stage?

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

          Perhaps that’s it. Hard to tell by the background.

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

          Perhaps that’s it. Hard to tell by the background.

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

      I’m wondering why she has the coat on indoors, with only one button buttoned.  I’d like to see the dress.  Don’t love the coat, but thanks to Cathy of Cambridge we now have a huge infusion of stylish coats and fasicnators that Americans look ridiculous in.  In the last shot she has the look like “Say one more bad thing about my husband and see what I’ll do…”

    • Spicytomato1

      Perfect. Stylish, polished and demure but, as always, never dowdy.

    • MzzPants

      Love the color, shape, and shoes.  A multi-strand silver necklace might have taken it up a notch.

      Hope there’s vacation in their future, as much as they get, anyway.

    • MzzPants

      Love the color, shape, and shoes.  A multi-strand silver necklace might have taken it up a notch.

      Hope there’s vacation in their future, as much as they get, anyway.

    • muzan-e

      I’m not sure about her coat - 

      but I love his tie.  Perfection.

    • BazoDee

      It pains me to say this but I am not loving this. The color is great, but the stiffness of the fabric makes me think upholstery. It isn’t flattering, and the sleeve length seems truly odd -esp on her. 

    • BazoDee

      It pains me to say this but I am not loving this. The color is great, but the stiffness of the fabric makes me think upholstery. It isn’t flattering, and the sleeve length seems truly odd -esp on her. 

    • beebee10

      Right-o Shelley O!!  

    • Kayceed

      I love dressy day coats – I think they might come back what with Prada’s latest line.

    • CQAussie

      I love her shoes but I can’t say I love the coat.  It’s rather shapeless, isn’t it?  It’s not really flattering on her.

      Yes, they both need a good long holiday.  Well, at least a weekend away to catch up on some sleep.  Running the free world ain’t easy, people!  

    • MilaXX

      Shelly gets great coats, why can some of the ladies do the same so they don’t have to choose between freezing or  looking frumpy on the RC?

    • Candigirl1968

      Pretty. She sure is a good hugger.  She’ll make a great grandmother some day!

    • butter nut

      loooooove

    • Modern Belle

      The coat is great on her. Acceptable for the office of First Lady and age appropriate. The fit also flatters her when Mrs. O likes to draw attention to her hips.

      However, the pattern of the dress is too close. It either needs to be matchy-matchy or contrast.

      This looks like the President forgot to tell her about the event and she grabbed the first coat as she ran out the door.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      I wish the coat were a little more tailored. It just goes down in a triangle, which makes her look shapeless. 

    • elleg929

      Sorry boys, but that coat is not her friend.  I think it gives her a bad shape, like an inverted triangle.  The pattern isn’t helping the cause and is giving off an “old lady” vibe. 

    • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

      Totally fug coat. But I would knock over secret service to get to the shoes. She needs to watch the oil on the legs though. I realize she has to deal with not looking ashy either, but with all the lighting, the reflection is a bit glaring. I recall Gwenneth P on the Tonight Show once. Her legs looked like oil slicks when she first came out. During the commercial break, they’d clearly rubbed much of it off and they looked much better.

    • twocee

      Good god I hate that coat.  It’s like someone combined my grandmother’s couch with some cracked out Monet-knockoff.  Not to mention the cut makes it look like she’s wearing a hefty bag.  Gah.

       

    • mjude

      i have to say i love a maryjane with a heel.  as always nothing but love for shelly

    • Lilithcat

      I have to laugh at myself.   Why?  Well, my initial reaction was “too First Lady-ish”.  And then I realized that if Laura or Hillary had worn this, we’d have said, “Hey, they kicked it up a notch!”

      Michelle has really raised our expectations (in terms of White House fashion), hasn’t she?

    • Pam Winters

      Ugh. The coat is wearing her. I’m not sure what would work better: a somewhat less stiff fabric? ‘Cause it’s close.

    • nannypoo

      Exhausted but still hot. I hate kitten heels.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I do love that coat, even though it is a little shapeless. Only a very tall woman like Mrs. Obama can pull that off.
      LOVE the shoes, but I love a Mary Jane with heels. I have a pair in patent leather with 4″ heels that is hothothot.

    • jw_ny

      Coat is beautiful.  Dress is not a match to the coat…compliments it.  Shoes work because strap is lower  on foot than a typical maryjane’s strap is. 

      Mrs. Obama looks fab!  :)

    • girliecue

      Look at the first snap. Is she totally checking out the POTUS’s ass or what?! You did good, Shelly, you did good. So did you, Mr. President.

    • PrunellaV

      Does anyone besides a FLOTUS wear a coat like that?

      • conasaurusrex

        Queen Betty and her late mother.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      It never ceases to amaze me how four years in office ages *every* President–I swear, they all look twenty years older by the end of their terms.

      Poor darlings.

    • SapphoPoet

      I love the blue shimmer of the coat, but I think the shape is a little boxy. It’s just okay. LOVE those shoes!!! Where can I get a pair?

    • momato

      Maybe because I’m used to seeing her in more vibrant colors, I think the color of the coat makes her look gray and washed out.

    • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

      I love this!  I am so happy that classic silhouettes are coming back into fashion (Thanks, Mad Men!) and this is a lovely ensamble.  (I am assuming the dress matches the coat.)  I don’t usually like kitten heels, either, but these are just right.  Good eye, gentlemen! 

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

      I hope it is from having fun the night before because I dont’ want them tired.  Not now. But she does look fab. Very chic as always and I agree, not my usual shoe choice but I am loving it. 

    • ri_dic

      Even tired, they are a hot, sexy couple. I’ll be heart broken if we ever find out that either one cheated on the other.

    • Alisa Rivera

      No me gusta. Normally I like a classic coat but this is dowdy. We’re talking Pat Nixon territory.

    • CatherineRhodes

      She looks fabulous! I’m gushingly proud to have her as our First Lady.

    • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

      They almost always look terrific to me. Agree they look tired — and for them it’s early in the Krazy Season of an election year. Hope like hell they hold up. My prescription for the Prez is to sing more Al Green and court the lady vote. I ’bout melted through the floor, and I know I’m not alone.

    • quiltrx

      Our FLOTUS looks great, as usual!

      Poor Barack…he seems to REALLY have aged in the past couple years.

    • VicksieDo

      They do look exhausted…  In my dream last night, the Prez stopped by to hang out at my house, and he just looked relaxed.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I love the shoes.

    • ccm800

      She looks VERY First Lady and hell yes they look busted. God bless anyone who would want that gig. 

    • JaneDC

      Her legs are amazing!!!

    • EEKstl

      FAB coat, she is WERQing one long string of WERQs.

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

      Wow.  They do look exhausted.  I can’t imagine having their jobs AND trying to raise 2 daughters.  And trying to look fabulous.

    • ChristinaRi

      Poor President Obama.  He looks like he needs some sun.  He’s all washed out.  

      Lots of hugs and kisses to both of them, but I’m not crazy about the coat’s fabric.  It looks very stiff and ungainly when she is sitting.  Nice color and cut though.

    • bitterk

      Not my favorite look on her.  A little stiff.