Michelle Obama in Marchesa

Posted on March 15, 2012

Shelley goes for a little Hollywood-style glam and we’re about to get yelled at.


First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama at state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at the White House. Michelle Obama wore a Marchesa gown. 

Marchesa Resort 2012 Collection [modified version]

Because – and we’re sorry to have to say this –  First Lady, That is Not Your Dress.

It’s a gorgeous dress and the color really suits her, but the bust/neckline couldn’t possibly be any less-suited to her figure. Her chest looks like it’s collapsing. And the ten pounds of necklace only made it worse. We can understand why she wore a version with a much more toned-down skirt, but the loss of all that dramatic volume on the bottom makes the shape look awkward.


[Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Alex Wong/Getty Images, elle.com]

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  • lovelyivy

    No comments on Mrs. Cameron? i have to admit I was dying to hear your opinions on her dress. Meanwhile I do agree with your opinion, although i would have loved to see this on Mrs. O without that terrible necklace, which doesn’t suit her at all and pulls focus in a bad way IMO.

  • Christine Poplau

    I said nearly the same thing to my husband last night.  I thought she looked much better earlier in the day.

  • It really makes her look like she’s not standing up straight?  Or is she actually not standing up straight and that would help?

    • DinaSews

      I don’t think she ever truly stands up straight.  It’s astonishing to me how good she usually looks in clothes considering her posture.

    • Fordzo

      She never stands up straight. It drives me (and I’m guessing her momma, too) crazy! Come on, Shelly! Your height is nothing to be ashamed of – tits out and shoulders back!

      • Better posture would absolutely help this dress. Though I don’t see how anyone could stand up straight with that enormous necklace.

        • That’s what I was thinking. It’s not the shape of her bodice that makes it look like her chest is collapsing. It’s the fact that she’s standing with her chest caved in. I think it would be a much more flattering dress if she were standing up straight.

          Also, where are the comments on Obama’s hem? 😉

          • lilibetp

            I’m thinking he borrowed the pants from Michelle…

          • In line with yesterday’s comments on how thin he has become, his pants are just too big on him and are probably hanging from whatever hips he has left.

            Her beads are horrible. I’m shocked she’s even wearing them with that dress.

      •  She has to wear some sorts of heels, but with her height she could tower over many American or foreign dignitaries, and probably would ends up being taller than her husband.  It’s kinda sad.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Agree so much!! I hate the fact that she slouches all the time. My back hurts just looking at her.

    • kcarb1025

      The latter. She has the WORST posture. It’s really annoying.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Sadly, have to agree.  Looks like dress-up time with all of Mommy’s necklaces.

  • Necklace – that’s not your dress! I also don’t love the colour on her.

    • mila_8

      Just way too heavy, look like the baubles weigh 40 lbs.

  • Diane Lupton

    Wonder how many times she had to flash people to get all those beads!

  • Her Drag Queen Eyebrows scare me.

    • GorgeousThings

       I want to know if she has eyelash extensions or if she uses false eyelashes.

  • Town

    Samantha Cameron’s dress looked like a maxi shirt-dress.  SMH

    • VanessaDK

      SamCam has this habit of looking like she is wearing JCrew’s formal line.  I too keep looking at her dress, because it is so close to being something fabulous, but maybe it is the collar and sleeves that make it look (as you say) like a shirt dress.

  • sarahofalessergod

    I really love the dress, even though it would have been better with the original skirt — though I’m thinking she may not have wanted to go over-the-top and upstage Samantha Cameron.  Those necklaces, though.  Oof.  I think you can get versions of those for $5 each at Claire’s.  Not the best jewelry effort on her part.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I’m not going to yell at you, because I don’t think this was a great choice for the first lady. I’m sitting here with the Washington Post style section in front of me, and I find the bodice odd. It’s got a “look, look, look at my breasts” vibe, and the necklace looks as if someone threw 7 or 8 Chico’s sale pieces around her neck.

    • TxMom2011

      More like “look, look, look at my Non-Breasts”

      • tallgirl1204

        low blow.

  • BazoDee

    I agree it needs some va va va voom up top to make it work. I don’t know that I agree that the beads make it worse. I think the beads are so dramatic you almost don’t notice the neckline. Although the combination does make it look like she’s slouching. 

  • mozzer0906

    I agree, the bust does her no favors.  Beautiful colors and the first rear looks slamming, but it isn’t her dress.  

  • howdoilook

    Shoulders back, Shelley! Shoulders back! My word.

  • mommyca

    I knew you were going to say that… The moment I saw the pics I knew it was not right….. somehow she must know it, because her posture is terrible….  definitely her body language does not express confidence in the dress…. oh well… I still love the clunky necklace though…..

  • DominoEstella

    I think her posture is hurting the look more than anything.  I think it’s a beautiful dress.

    • MaryMitch

      I like it too; the draping is lovely. If the skirt was a little fuller around the hips it would fit her better. Her hair is perfection.

  • AngelaJane

    and what is Samantha Cameron wearing?  The back looks interesting, lets see the front, and you opinion please.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      As shown in the Washington Post, Samantha Cameron’s dress looks like a shirtdress, maxi length-understated.

  • siriuslover

    No, No, I agree completely. I don’t mind the dress as much as you guys do, but I despise that necklace. Blech.

  • Wow, what a misfire.  The dress as posted with the model would have had her KILLING the people.  And no necklace at all, please, just some important earrings.

  • Oh, I TOTALLY agree with you. That dress is not very kind to her (other than the rear, which looks amazing, but that is thanks to her and not the dress). The necklace and posture aren’t helping, either. I wish that she and Georgina Chapman could have switched dresses – I think GC’s would have looked much more striking on Shelley.

    • GC’s dress was gorgeous.

  • Martova

    Agreed. Not flattering and the big necklace makes her look like she has no neck.

  • suzanne77

    I am not seeing what you’re seeing. I think she looks great!

  • janetjb

    She looks so slouchy, weighed down by her dress and necklace.  The color suits her but the rest is not flattering.

    Has the President always worn such baggy pants?  Am I just noticing or is he losing weight?

  • It could just be me…but I think that this dress would look 10 times better if she just pushed her shoulders back.  Because she’s got a bit of a hunch-forward going on that it isn’t as dramatic and flattering as it should be. Shoulders back and chest forward – the dress would look less ill-fitted and baggy at the front… I Expect Better Posture from the First Lady – I sound like my grandma

  • nancylee61

    I actually think the gown is very flattering on her, but the necklaces – oy! Way too much! It really crowds her neck and shoulders and she has such a beautiful neck and shoulders and gorgeous skin, why hide it all?
    Also, she looks very fit and healthy. Cathy Cambridge – this is how you do it!! You can be thin and healthy, not cadaverous, and look great in clothes!

  • I hated it when I first saw it but it’s a grower. HATED SamCam’s ’70s bedspread.

  • Agreed, and the necklace is terrible. The dress is fine and I like the color, but it doesn’t suit her. Not feeling Mr.s Cameron’s dress at all.

  • Jessica Rowe

    Oh, I want to see Mrs. Cameron’s dress!

  • VicksieDo

    The top is a little weird, but she still looks gorgeous.

  • quiltrx

    I think part of it is the way she’s standing…but I totally agree, it makes her chest look caved in and her shoulders look dumpy and rounded, when they’re anything but.  I have broad shoulders myself, and I have a feeling those little sleeve-lets are constricting her from standing up straight.  I’ve been there.

    It looks like there’s not enough fabric in the neckline/sleeve.  The original looks much more generous in fit.

  • miagain

    The necklace is all wrong… too too much!
    I disagree on the dress… I think she looks quite good. 
    Mrs. Cameron’s dress looks so  much better in these photos… the pictures in today’s paper made it look flat and dull… but with the benefit of good photography, I’ve changed my mind.

  • DeborahLipp

    Mrs. Obama loves those huge multi-strand necklaces. We may criticize, but it’s a signature thing for her and I’m fine with that.

    I love the dress on her. She often slouches a little–something tall women tend to do unless they’re models. If she stood up straight, that dress would be flawless.

  • noooooooooooooo!!!! she looked AMAZING!

  • No no no to the necklaces+that neckline. But it *is* a great color on her.

    (Would love to see a front shot of Mrs. Cameron’s dress too!)

  • Anathema_Device

    I think she just needs to stand up straight and put some of those boob cutlet thingies in her strapless to help fill it out. With those minor adjustments, this is so her dress. That view from the back? Yowza.

    And I love a chunky, jumbly necklace with something tailored. I do it a lot, in fact, but this has a Mardi Gras bead look to it (save the colors) and could lose a few strands.

  • Fordzo

    Without the skirt, it ends up looking Mother-of-the-bride basic.

  • CarolinLA

    My GOD – how DARE you?!!!!!!!  Criticizing the First Lady when we’re at WAR!!!  The terrorists have won…

    •  You made me giggle… :]

  • Little_Olive

    You guys are on crack. I like it very much. I think it really suits her. 

    It’s the violations in her hubby’s suit are inexcusable: long pants, too big blazer, no cuff showing, slouching!

  • I agree with your analysis, TLo. I thought the Zac Posen suit was striking because it emphasized the eccentricities of her figure rather than disguising them, and looked great.  This is OK from the back but from the front it seems… banal.

  • Her boobs look saggy.
    Her butt looks great, though.

  • belfebe

    I think that it’s not so much the dress as it is that awful necklace, although the drop shoulders are not that flattering on her.  Great color though.

  • i agree on all counts…not her dress or necklace…but i am once again stunned that even with all that, she is a knockout.  seriously, she is one beautiful woman.

  • mjude


  • S. Jenna Lutz

    From one tall woman to another (barefooted has me clocked in at 6’2, so I can speak from experience) For the love of God Mrs. First Lady…. STAND UP STRAIGHT!

    Sheesh. Married to the leader of the free world, a standard barer for women everywhere, and every. single. time the Slouch. If I didn’t think it would get me tackled or shot (although, I did manage to kick President Regan without being squished…. granted, I WAS 3 at the time… looong story) I would give anything to do what my granny used to do to me to her- walk up behind her and give her a solid thumb into the back of the spine and hiss “Straighten UP now, square those shoulders, and don’t give me sass, you’re getting stared at!”

    I love her. But please, please please PLEASE stop slouching everywhere. Please?

    • RedRaven617

      I was thinking exactly the same thing… and I barely come in at 5′. Shoulders back and bust forward and this might have been a significantly better look. 

      • S. Jenna Lutz

         It IS something women (and men) of every height should do. I find it a more common offense in my fellow tall gals – girls who never got comfortable with their height and seem to think everyone will suddenly be confused and think they are just a wee little dainty slip of a woman. (And then you have giants like me who realize that even barefooted I’m taller than 90% of the rest of the girls out there… so might as well indulge in all the 5 & 6 inch heels I love, it’s not like flats are gonna fool anyone!) The best posture seems to be with the petite girls. My sister in law is, on what she calls a ‘tall day’ MAYBE 5’1. Stands up straight like she got a pole strapped to her back. I asked her one day about it and I got a slight confused stare and then a “I only have so much to work with, of COURSE I’m going to stretch up and be seen!” Smart lady.

    • Miss_Magpie

      “Hitch your bosom to the STARS!”. Advice well headed by, well, just about EVERYBODY!

  • YolandaHawkins

    Why she insists on wearing 20lb necklaces continues to elude me.  You’re assessment of the look is right on all counts.  Nice color and that’s the best I can say about this look.

  • SewingSiren

    I love both looks.  I especially love the Tom Binns necklace. I wonder how much his business has grown since the Obama’s took office. She wears his jewelry well and I think introduced it to a much broader audience than his previous client base.

  • R. L.

     I thought Mother of the Bride right away.  Not a special look once you take away the heaps of necklaces which they should have done because with that sad neckline they make her look like she’s melting.

  • GorgeousThings

    I completely agree. I saw these pictures on Huffington Post this morning and my first thought was, “Why is she slouching so much?” I can’t tell if it’s her slumping or if it’s the visual effect of the dress. Plus, the blunt contrast between the end of the satin bustier and the top of the silk crepe skirt is jarring. It really did need the extra oomph at the bottom to make it work.

  • SapphoPoet

    I love the color of the dress, but agree the neckline is not good and I really dislike that necklace–looks like she just got back from a Mardi Gras parade. Yikes. 

  • They changed the sleeve.  It looks less purposeful that way, and more like they slid off her shoulders.

  • Carla_Charlton

    And the off-the-shoulder neckline emphasizes her bad-ish posture — put your shoulders back…stand up straight!

  • Cathy S

    Too many necklaces and she looks like she’s slumping her shoulders; she would look better with her shoulders back.

  • I like the sleeves on the original better! 

  • Jenna Kuhmann

    I agree.  The shape of this doesn’t work without the whole skirt being present.  It is a pretty color, though.  And is it just me, or do the necklaces make her look like she just got back from Mardi Gras?

  • kentiesgirl

    If she kept the original skirt, she woulda got slammed for being to
    showy (appreciate that you acknowledged that). I think it just looks
    off because of the way she’s standing/holding her hands. I like the
    statement jewelry (especially the color story, although it is heavy). I like the color and the little train.  Bet it looked
    like a million bucks from the front in the pic where she’s walking
    away, you can see her shoulders are back there. My opinion is if a dress veers into NYD territory simply because of posture, then one has to make concessions while assessing it. Especially if it’s a non-model/not a photo shoot.

    That and we’re talking about a style icon and the best dressed first lady in 50 years, so…can’t agree on principle regardless.

  • bluefish

    President Obama is looking fine in these photos. The First Lady alway looks better in sleeker, less complicated fare.

    This ensemble of hers is one of those that probably looked smashing in person.  The photos make her look thick-waisted and slump shouldered. I haven’t seen necklaces like that since the mid-80s!

  • I like it! I even like the heavy necklace. 

  • I rarely say this about Marchesa, but the runway version is so much nicer than the adapted version Lady O wore. Turning some of the beautiful, soft draping into geometric lines takes most of the beauty out of the dress (and makes it look like it’s not by Marchesa anymore, which isn’t great for the brand). The original one probably wasn’t the best dress for her either, but I think it would have been better than this adaptation.

  • suzq

    I agree.  And I also agree that her posture is not very good, which could also be the fault of the dress.  Strapless dresses are not everyone’s friend.  A rare misstep, like her casual attire to see the Queen.  Perhaps the British bring out the worst in Mrs. Obama!

  • nannypoo

    It’s also too tight in the butt. If it wasn’t off-the-shoulder, and if those necklaces went back to Macy’s where they would hang on the little rotating rack for costume jewelry, then we could all say again Hail to the FLOTUS. Oh, and Mr. Obama, Sir, get those pants hemmed. Otherwise he looks smokin’ hot as usual.

  • poggi

    For Marchesa, I really like it (especially the version on the model), but not on Mrs. Obama.  It looks better from the side, but from the front the bodice isn’t as flattering as it could be.  She can (and has) done better.

  • I love you, girl, but for heaven’s sake, pull your shoulders back!  You’re the First Lady of the free world…you should model good posture.

  • VioletFem

    I respectfully disagree. I think the “slouched” look has more to do with her posture in these pictures than the dress. She looks gorgeous in this dress, but I agree with you about the jewelry. She definitely didn’t need to wear all of those necklaces.

  • KSuKim

    I bet she FELT great in that dress, though! For me, this is at least half the point of dressing up!

    • kentiesgirl

       I 100% agree. Put an insecure person in the best dress in the world and it’ll show. Wrap a confident lady in a drape, and she werq’s it. And to me, Shelley is always werqin it. She just has that inner style and that glow, ya know? She just needs to learn to consciously pull her shoulders back (I so have that problem, I have to tell myself to stand up straight all the time) and I bet no one could say a bad thing about how she looks.

  • I agree with you on all points. Also, we should comment on Mrs. Cameron, because I want to see that dress from the front (she’s showing quite a bit of back for those stiff upper lip types!)

  • PeaceBang

    100% agree with you guys. Sure do love the color, though, and sure do wish she would correct her posture, which would have gone a long way to making this a smashing success. 

  • tired_mommy

    It almost looks like the top just isn’t staying up enough on her.

    Kinda reminds me of those early 90’s bridesmaid “dresses” that had a separate top and skirt, but looked like a dress.

  • TLo, I have to agree. That is a beautiful color and from the rear it is fantastic, but it makes her look like her chest is collapsing in on itself. She usually gets it right, and I can understand why she wanted to wear this dress – it’s stunning – but it just doesn’t flatter her. But I still heart her!

  • tripletmom96

    i kind of like the dress — LOVE the color, but i could do without the 25 strands of pop-beads…..

  • Stubenville

    A rare miss for Shelly. Still, it’s a nice color on her.

  • Modern Belle

    I’m usually not a fan of the First Lady’s style, but I groaned in pain when I saw her in this.

    1) The dress doesn’t fit properly. Yes, it’s not the right silhouette for her figure, but the bodice is too big and the rear is too tight. My first reaction is that she needs a pair of Spanx, and the First Lady has a nice figure.

    Quite simply, there is no excuse for a First Lady to have a badly tailored garment. It makes her look frumpy and slouchy.

    2) From the back, this dress looks like a cheap bridesmaid dress from David’s Bridal, complete with the polyester.

    3) My first reaction with the necklace was to wonder if they were Mardi Gras beads or a little girl’s dress-up necklace from Claire’s.

  • velomango

    I think she looks lovely – if she stood up straight, this look would be a total winner. I dig the dress, I don’t think the bust/neckline are poorly-suited to her, and I love the chance she took with the necklace.

  • Nora Mulllin

    That necklace is awful. Also, if she’s getting essentially custom gowns why can’t they also fit her? No one but the designer, Mr. President and her see the tags anyhow. None of these are going to end up in the national archives like that god-awful inauguration monstrosity.

  • I have to agree – so not her dress and that necklace belongs on a plain, plain, plain sweater – not with an evening gown and especially no that gown.  I do like the color on her.  I am with everyone regarding her posture – she would be so much more attractive if she stopped rounding her shoulders.  Head up, shoulders back and tits out.  That is the way to go.

  • TxMom2011

    My first thought was Mardi Gras beads?   And that other lady’s dress was pretty hidi too, so the 1st lady was in good company.

  • megohd

    Dress would be a stunning MOB look. Can’t figure out what she was thinking with that necklace scenario, which I love, but which looks terribly out of place with this dress.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I think if she stood up straighter it might look better.  She looks like she’s got her shoulders rounded and slouching.  That necklace was a horrible choice.  So Georgina Chapman was at this dinner, too.  I figure she picked Marchesa to honor her guest.  While I’m on the subject of Ms. Chapman, I find her and Harvey Weinstein to be such an odd couple.  

  • snarkykitten

    can we talk about Obama’s pants? because wtf is with that [utter lack of a] hem! C’mon, man. Create a job for a tailor because dayum.

    the secret service is going to kick my ass for saying that, aren’t they?

  • halleygee

    Her necklace reminds me of Mardi Gras beads, agree it’s all wrong. I kind of like the dress, she just needs to pull those shoulders back.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Is it wrong to say that our First Lady has the MOST AMAZING BUTT. I love the look here.

  • buildmeatower

    My first thought was, “Oh Merlin, that neckline is horrid,” so no complaints here. Shame, because with a more normal neckline it would have been excellent.

  • PastryGoddess

    The leader of the free world can’t get his pants hemmed…for shame

    I think she looks great, and can we please talk about how Samantha Cameron is the only wife of a world leader who can look both Shelly and Mr. O in the eyes.

  • Sara__B

    Our lovely first lady lacks the posture required for that bodice plus the weighty-looking necklaces. She looks as if the necklaces are so heavy they’re pulling her down. Mrs. O! You’re fit and fabulous. Put those shoulders back and stand tall!

    • Call me Bee

      (This I know from experience, being an alomst-6-footer myself…) Not only should the shoulders go back, but she should lift up her ribcage!  She slouches like I do–from the waist all the way up–like she’s bending over slightly… I’m surprized her personal trainer doesn’t work on that with her…

    • missinmass

      I agree it looks like she has a widows hump and she is too young and fit I am perplexed.

    • missinmass

      I agree it looks like she has a widows hump and she is too young and fit I am perplexed.

  • I will not scold you one bit TLo.  She looks emaciated with those necklaces on, and without the dramatic skirt the dress is just a bit boring. I love the detail on the bodice, but the more I look at the model shot, the more I realize that doesn’t even look like the same dress, at all because the bodice on the model doesn’t do the criss cross like it does on Shelly O.  

  • BrooklynBomber

    As much as I hate Marchesa, that’s a gorgeous dress. That color is incredible, and the original looks great on the model, though I prefer the modified bodice.

    God, that hurt.

  • lilibetp

    It also doesn’t fit.

  • The necklace, the top of the dress and the hair all look horrible. Worst I’ve seen her look in a long time. 

  • jjfg

    She looks like she’s slouching.  Also, while she’s not the bustiest gal around, it also makes her look like a 12 year old girl up top.  Sooo not her dress.

  • I agree about the bottom. I would have loved to see the extra fabric flow on her. I even think it would have been right for the occasion. I was not a fan of the necklace.  I would love for you to talk about Gayle King on CBS this morning too.  The huge necklaces are really getting on my nerves a bit. 

  • unbornfawn

    Exactly. Too many necklaces, that bust is all kinds of funny. Not her dress. The color is pretty good and she looks great from the back.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t dislike the dress, but I think  necklaces would have worked better with the original design. Love the color. Can we get a post of Mrs Cameron’s dress?

  • EEKstl

    Agree, agree, agree.  It is a beautiful color but Shelley’s got too athletic a build to wear those dainty little side straps.  Emily Blunt would rock this dress, but it’s just not happening here. And I say that with sadness because Shelley’s been near-perfectly in her sartorial choices of late.

  • lifetime_student

    I couldn’t agree with more. I said the same thing when I saw pictures last night. See, no yelling. We bitter kittens love our Shelly, but we have to be honest with her.

  • allj

    Agreed! Also, just gonna say it: the necklace looks super cheap.

  • Peeve

    Totally agree. Love the color, but that is so not her neckline. And the abundance of necklaces (or maybe all one?) just draw attention to it.

  • Totally agree with you.  I was just looking at the pics online, and immediately came over here to see what y’all said.  Hate the necklace, and the dress seems outdated.

  • chitowndg

    She really needs some posture lessons.  I can testify as a “tall girl”  that I was terribly confused about the correct way to stand after so many people telling me to “stand up straight” throughout adolecence (see the note below about being “proud of your height”) that I am very sensitive to her needing a little tweaking from a good physical therapist.  Many people, and maybe even her mother, gave her incorrect information.  She and Malia should go together.

  • margaret meyers

    You’re right, you’re right.  Losing the elaborate skirt throws the dress off, and that neckline only calls attention to the slope of her shoulders and the just of her head.  Do not like.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I won’t be the one yelling. That dress, which I don’t much like the cut of, requires unusually square shoulders–coat-hanger shoulders in fact. Few women have them (I do, and they come with their own issues, trust me.). Anyway, Ms. Obama’s perfectly lovely, slightly sloped shoulders cannot support a dress like this. When I saw the pic, the first word I thought of was “melt”. On the plus side, the color is fabulous and I loved her hair and makeup. So it’s not like she looked bad, it’s just not her dress.

  • fauxhawk

    That is sooo not her dress. It makes her gorgeous shoulders look super slopey, like Sawyer on Lost. But from the waist down? Killing it. Also, why such an insanely comPlicated necklace? Blergh.

  • Beardslee

    I’m with you, the neckline is wrong.  Oh well.

  • rowsella

    I don’t know why, but this dress makes her look all kinds of droopy.

  • formerlyAnon

    Further proof that Marchesa is over-valued. She is too small busted and fit to EVER have to look droopy in her clothing. If she does, either the garment or the bra is incorrect.

  • I just want to take 8 necklaces off of Shell. I agree that the neckline isn’t the most flattering, but check out the first lady’s butt. Hellloooooo Mrs. O.

  • MzzPants

    Yeah, the necklace killed it for me.  Love the color, though.

  • Tracy_Flick

    SOMEONE had fun at Mardi Gras.

  • gabbilevy

    Seeing the original dress makes this make more sense. Michelle’s version is cutting her in half, and would have looked better with the original skirt or something like it. I found the beads to be way distracting. That said, Shelly on her worst day is way better than any other first lady ever.

    • pdquick

      You’re right. Even in a bad dress, she’s still the glamour commander-in-chief.

  • gabbilevy

    Seeing the original dress makes this make more sense. Michelle’s version is cutting her in half, and would have looked better with the original skirt or something like it. I found the beads to be way distracting. That said, Shelly on her worst day is way better than any other first lady ever.

  • butter nut

    i get your point, but i really love it on her.  the only thing i dont like is the necklace.  its too overpowering.  otherwise, this is fabulous.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I’ve got to agree with you, T and Lo.  Not her dress.  Her shoulders are too rounded and because she slouches so much, it looks like her entire front is being pulled down.  Love the color, though.

  • Lol. She looks fabulous.

  • StephenTrask

    Wow.  couldn’t disagree more.  the color, the silhouette, the beads, the hair, all it it makes me think I have never seen FLOTUS look more beautiful.  When I focus on the things that you are pointing out, I can see your point but all of it together makes me look at here face, her smile, her confidence.  The details of the dress actually seem to disappear.  If I were straight and she weren’t married to the most handsome president ever I’d totally ask her out.

  • BookishBren

    It makes her look round-shouldered and slumpy. Horrible bust/neckline. The back of it does nothing for her either. I actually think the color is too dark with her skin and hair as well. A slightly more vibrant shade would be much more flattering, imo. 

  • AngelaGreen

    Agreed, T-Lo.  Also, Mr. President:  You’re the most powerful man in the world.  Get someone to hem your damn pants.

  • NurseEllen

    Oh, I saw the photos of this, and I immediately wondered WWTLS?  Then I looked more closely at the photos, and I knew…..alas.  Girl, that is not your dress.  You need to let that dress go to its REAL owner, someone like Christina Hendricks.  And give the beads back to mommy, dress-up from the costume jewelry box is done for the day.

  • Cousin_Rose

    It’s pretty perfect to me.  Just needs the shoulders moved up so we don’t have to even THINK about FLOTUS having a wardrobe malfunction.  The color and style are just fab. Wouldn’t say not your dress.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I completely agree. She ruined the dress with the modifications. And the necklace is just plain ugly (and way too much of it).

  • Sophie Collier

    I agree with y’all on this one.  She looks schlumpy.  Her shoulders slope so deeply and this reaaaaallllly accentuates that.  The Mardi Gras beads were a strange call.  She totally needed SOMETHING on the skirt.  That could have made all the difference.

  • granddelusion

    I love the matching poses. Wish her posture matched his.

  • pdquick

     No yelling here. At least not at you. That was so not her dress. The drapey business on the bottom makes the dress, and without, it just looks like her breasts are being abducted by swirly blue aliens. I just saw pix of Georgina Chapman at this event, and she was stunning. What makes the Marchesa style work is the symmetry of gathering and draping. Trying to whittle it down does not work. At all.

  • ccm800

    the back and the color are great but the front does add to her often slumping shoulder posture. 

  • your assessments are right on, even though is pains me to give this and OUT. Love that she takes chances and uses different designers (instead of defaulting to Oscar De la Renta like other First ladies did) but this one is an out

  • Sally Brownson

    It’s really appalling because with her figure, I think she could’ve pulled off the volume of the skirt. Oh well…

  • another_laura

    I know it’s a good day when I am thinking exactly as T Lo is.  FLOTUS, that is soooo not your dress.  Nice try, though.

  • I agree.  Doesn’t work for her figure.  She should have kept the volume in the skirt and lost those necklaces.  All that tinsel makes her look as if she just got back from New Orleans following Mardi Gras.  I don’t like Mrs. Cameron’s dress either.  Too busy.  And her posture could use some work.  I’ve noticed she tends to hunch her shoulders.  Unless you’re Lea Michele overdoing it on the red carpet – hunched shoulders just make a person look cold (or hiding).    

  • bitterk

    Divine.  Sure the top isn’t flattering but I bet it would be if she struck the right pose. 

  • ASK26

    She is looking burly   . 

    really this looks more like how she looks in casual wear and that dress looks fab on the model.

  • ASK26

    “That said, Shelly on her worst day is better than any other first
    lady ever.”  

    that is ridiculous.        totally

  • DCSheehan

    Hey at least she’s not wearing that blue bedspread nightmare. Or did that flowery mess used to be some curtains?

  • L.

    Are those Mardi Gras beads?  What the…?

  • L.

    Are those Mardi Gras beads?  What the…?

  • Miss_Magpie

    The problem is fit. The bodice is too big for her and needed to be tailored by a very good seamstress; the bottom is too small.

    (BTW, willing to forgive her just about anything right now because last night I saw video of a new tradition she has instigated at the White House. Before State dinners, a group of students are invited to ” preview” the event and have a Q & A with people like the head Chef and the Director of Security (?). The video was fab, like watching “The West Wing” but it was more awesome because it was real. Worth all 32 minutes.)

  • aristida_girl

    Sigh…I grudgingly agree, but the first couple sure do look great together….

  • TheOtherChristina

    The original dress is incredible (ack, praise for Marchesa is sticking in my craw) but Shelley’s version looks like a bad copy more than a modified version. I think that, within the original, there is a dress to be found that would suit her and hew more closely to the spirit of the design. Sadly, this is not that dress. Also, I would make a crack about how Sasha or Malia clearly picked out her necklaces but frankly I think the two of them have better taste.

  • Forget Michell she doesn’t need any help, the kittens need to go to town on what Samantha Cameron is wearing – I’m embarrassed on behalf the the UK and the Commonwealth. Sorry guys

  • Fraid I agree, the melting bustier thing is not working for her, and she’s got GREAT shoulders.  The original gown on the model was softer and more “drapey” up top to my eye and that went a long way toward making the detailing work, Mrs. O’s version has the detailing looking like it’s been ironed/nailed down (?),  and definitely the plain sheath skirt just unbalances the entire thing,  too bad because it’s a killer color.

  • tallgirl1204

    I really don’t love the necklace.  Too too much, even on a statuesque goddess like our Mrs. O.

  • Louise Bryan

    I was wondering where the rest of the skirt went.  Y’all have been asking where the jewelry has gone; now we know where it ended up.

    *Sigh*  Michelle-O looks far better on a bad day than I do at my best.  Still, this was disappointing.

  • Agree. I was going to chide her for her posture, but it’s just the dress making her look slumpy.

  • She looks fabulous.

  • laura1814

    The problem with her “collapsed chest” isn’t the dress, it’s her terrible posture, rotating her shoulders forward.  I know it’s fashionable to hunch your shoulders, but it looks terrible, as these pictures (and lots of other photos of FLOTUS on this blog) demonstrate.

    The necklace looks like she just got back from a Mardi Gras parade, sorry.