Michelle Obama in Zac Posen

Posted on March 14, 2012

Shelley’s trim, slim, and ready for spring.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend official ceremony for British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron at the White House.

It’s almost hard to believe this is a Zac Posen. His stuff is normally so overworked and this is so spare and chic, with just enough interest to keep it from being boring. We never would have thought a flared jacket would work well on her body, but the proportions here are dead-perfect for her. And the metallic shoes were a nice touch. This might be one of our favorite Shelley day looks ever.

Mrs. Cameron didn’t do so bad for herself either. Those colors look great on her, even if the blouse looks like a sports jersey from far away. And she hoisted herself into the big-girl shoes knowing she was going to be standing next to the World’s Tallest First Lady. Clever girl.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • TAGinMO

    Wow, the Prez’s suit is hanging off of him.

    • ri_dic

      You are so right! I never notice him when she’s in the picture- except for the way he looks at her!

      • MilaXX

         I LOVE the way he looks at her.

        •  It always gives me chills, and always makes me look twice at her myself. There’s no faking affection like that.

          • JimMcC

            I really wanted Hillary Clinton to move from First Lady to President. Since she didn’t make it, I can’t say I would mind if Michelle Obama did instead. Think about how many more shots we could have of Barack watching her adoringly when he’s in the background. 

          • drdirection


          • Stop that! I can’t indulge in that kind of political porn! Now I’ll be daydreaming when I should be getting out the vote. 🙂

          • I’d vote for her as long as she can get her man in a good suit. 

          • MilaXX

            I will die a happy woman if I ever find someone who looks at me like that.

      • So true.  I had to look back at the photos.

    • TieDye64

      It really is. I noticed that, too.

    • Little_Olive

      Oh wow! Like his mom bought it so he could use this year and the next.  

    • siriuslover

      he must be losing weight because his suits are impeccably tailored normally (at least in my memory). 

      • TAGinMO

         It’s mostly the pants, actually. The jacket isn’t bad. And the pants might actually be the right size, but the cut/fit is absurdly unflattering. He’s in good enough shape he doesn’t need to go the “baggy suit-pants” route.

    • BazoDee

      You are so right. WOW! 

    •  I didn’t notice him at first, because let’s be honest, his wife is way too stunning for anyone to pay attention to him. 🙂 But you’re right, he’s swimming in that thing. Tsk.

    • Lilak

      Hammer pants!  Gahhhh!

  • marywv

    Wow. She looks stunning. Great job. Love that icy blue on her. I almost want Obama to do a second term just to see what Shelly wears! I mean obviously that’s not the only reason I want him re-elected, but it’s definitely up there on my list! 😉

  • cmb92191

    What can you tell us about Ms. Cameron’s dress?  

    • Apparently it’s Roksanda Ilincic

    • miagain

       The Washington Post said today that her top was a homage to American Baseball…

      • We’re pretty sure that was the Washington Post’s form of bitchery.

      • We’re pretty sure that was the Washington Post’s form of bitchery.

  • gsk241

    Yikes!  She does look great, doesn’t she?  And from the look on his face, President Obama is thinking about how that outfit will look on the floor.

    • Patricia Gillett

      She’s a lucky gal in that her hubby always shows how much he likes how she looks. Good for them, they’re cute. 

  • RebeccaKW

    Love both looks.

  • Shelly is Werking that walkway like it’s a runway. Love her!

  • PRFan

    She looks wonderful – love this suit.  I have always enjoyed how much the first couple seem to really like and appreciate each other.  Good for them.

  • Anathema_Device

    Ah, this is such a tonic for my shitty day. Shelly O looks amazing in that dress and jacket. So chic and classy without being boring.

    Samantha Cameron looks pretty great, too!

  • Patricia Gillett

    Samantha Cameron’s dress is OK, not great but I do wish she’d done more to her hair. It’s dragging down the look and making it look more casual next to Mrs. O. 

  • Carla_Charlton

    Ladies, stand up straight! And Mr. President, please have a milkshake.

  • They both look great. For those that might be interested Sam Cam was until recently the Creative Director of Smythsons of Bond Street and has been credited with turning the brand round and making it more current.  Wish she’d do something about her floppy hair though. And Michelle really ought to let the Prez eat more pie.

    • Elizabeth Norris

      Sam Cam, ha. It never would have occurred to me to refer to her that way, but now that I see it written out, it seems so obvious!

      • The British tabloid press may be utterly corrupt but they’re almost as good as TLo at nicknames…

        • Thanks, I almost forgot to see what’s up over at the Daily Mail today.

    • filmcricket

      I remember her having one of my favourite looks at the Royal Wedding – “favourite” as in “Wow, I like that!” not “Wow, that is hilariously cracked out!”

      The President is clearly whatever the opposite of a stress eater is. There were stories during 2008 about how candidates usually gain weight (the politician’s version of the Freshman 15) because they’re eating so much jello and fried food at all these campaign stops. But Obama defied tradition by losing weight.

  • pattyw

    Funny, I was thinking, “How tall is Mrs. Cameron?” when I noticed the heels. Well played indeed.

  • kentiesgirl

    I think they both look fab and eerily coordinated. But..jacket’s a bit heavy looking standing next to Mrs. Cameron, since her dress is so fluttery light. Still A+ to both. Brava ladies.

  • My President is wasting away! Either that or he needs better fitting suits, right? Michelle looks awesome per usual, and I think Zac Posen must’ve created that especially for her, since it’s so unlike anything else he does. Mrs. Cameron doesn’t look like she’s trying, but her dress is ok.

  • TieDye64

    So chic and gorgeous. Love how she spiced it up with the metallic shoes.

  • SignLadyB

    Mrs. Obama, even when you aren’t dressed perfectly you still look great! And here I think you look perfect. I can’t think of another POTUS and FLOTUS who have alone and together made the White House look so good! Poor beleagured Prez–I doubt he could eat enough to gain back the weight he has lost during his time in office.

  • Little_Olive

    Good girl Shelley, ditching the weird belts and cardigans. Now TLo may move on to the eyebrows. 

    • poketom

      you don’t like her cholla brows? you don’t like the way she always looks upset from the eyelashes up?

  • serenitynow02

    She looks classy and fab and real. I’ll be keeping my First Lady, thank you very much.

  • oatmealpie

    Michelle’s only 2 inches shorter than Barack. Does she ever wear heels that make her taller than him?

  • abigail3

    President Obama is lost in that suit! Give that man some carbs fast! Or get his suits tailored. She looks fab as usual. Despite his thinness, they are so cool!

    • I think he looks great. I think it’s a testament to how well he can deal with stress to see that he hasn’t aged 10 years in 4 years and starting packing on weight.

  • Thundar99

    Yea! I was just missing and wondering what became of the Shelley-O posts! She worn a couple of interesting ensembles lately and I was yearning for your opinions!

  • RocknLox

    I love the way he looks at her. 

  • MilaXX

    Mrs. Obama looks fantastic! Mrs Cameron looks good too, but she needs to upgrade that 7th grade class picture haircut.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    She rocks! And he does too!!

  • I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but: Mrs. Obama could maybe stand up a little straighter.  I feel downright un-American for saying so.

  • rketeckt

    Mr. President?  Please have your tailor stop by for a series of consults.  And Shelly?  Keep working it!

  • LadyJane22

    I don’t like it, particularly the collar. I find her fashion choices to be wildly hit and miss. She’s not Jackie O, however hard the press tries. And I’m an Obama fan.

  • Just beautiful. And I wish I could get a closer look at those earrings! And just because I’m suddenly having skin issues, I sigh with admiration over both Sam and Shelley’s perfect, luminous skin.

  • Wow, they both look great, but Shelley is definitely the star of this show.  

    I’ve always gotten sad about the physical breakdown of every president who has been in office during my lifetime.  The third year seems to be the one when they all fall apart if they’re paying any attention at all to their jobs.  

    • Beardslee

      I always notice it too.  No let up ever in a job like that.  Ronald Reagan didn’t age much, but do you remember how Jim Baker aged for him?  He was the portrait and Reagan was Dorian Grey.

  • NurseEllen

    Maybe it’s my computer, but I keep seeing references to “icy blue” here, and Shelley’s outfit looks white to me.  I’d like to see what the dress looks like without the jacket.  Unless this is a suit?  It’s hard to tell.  The best thing about this series of photos is the look exchanged between POTUS and FLOTUS, though……everyone should have someone to look at him/her with that kind of unabashed affection.  Just wonderful!

  • butterflysunita

    Obama posts always make me happy–thank you!  Love seeing her and love seeing them together.  

  • siriuslover

    Both first ladies look beautiful. I love that dress on Michelle O.

  • O Superman

    I was at this! They both looked amazing, even from a distance.

  • BazoDee

    Love love love it! The detailing, the flare, the fit, the length, the color AND the shoes!! And the earrings!! LOVE!!

  • margaret meyers

    Barak looks like he’s wearing someone elses suit.  Someone better call the dry cleaner’s!

  • Judy_J

    Mrs. Obama looks gorgeous. Flawless.

  • ccm800

    How about Barack and his Giant suit?! 

    • ringthing

      He is swimming in that thing, but the two of them are such a gorgeous couple. Nice to see.

  • Spicytomato1

    Mrs. Obama looks fantastic, the color is beautiful and the cut is just right. And the earrings add just the right touch. 

    Mrs. Cameron looks like she’s about 12. I think it’s the hairstyle (or lack thereof).

  • poketom

    The jacket is either just a skosh too tight or she should have had a panel put it because THOSE CLOSURES DARLING. Not cute. 

    Other than that this is fabulous. And well done, Zac, well done. 

  •  I’ll take Shelly’s *AND* Sammy’s outfits, please. Kthxbai.

  • snarkykitten

    Shelley O. looks fabu but our president looks like a little boy wearing his big brother’s hand-me-down suit

    • sleah_in_norcal

      really, he usually looks so well turned out, but he’s just swimming in those pants.  what happened?

      • Beardslee

        I think his pants always let him down.  Have you ever seen his jeans?  Tragic.

  • EEKstl

    She just gets better and better.

  • rainwood1

    The First Lady looks fabulous.  Mrs. Cameron did okay for herself too.

  • quiltrx

    aside: Barack does NOT look well to me.

    Anyway, our FLOTUS is looking FABULOUS!  I absolutely love all the detailing on that jacket.  This is so clean and chic–I like Posen sometimes anyway, but I never would have guessed the designer on this one.

  • 3boysful

    Maybe I’m biased, but Shelley is a 10, and I’d give Sam a 6.  

  • nannypoo

    Those little tucks on the jacket create a beautiful line. Very flattering. She is fabulous once again.

  • warontara

    Love it! And I love them!!! 

    On a random note, I will always have a special place in my heart for Michelle Obama since she has inspired my mother (who is 55 this year) to clean out her closet and shop in this century. Seriously, we threw out the kitschy themed applique pedal pushers today, and I almost wept with joy. 

  • alyce1213

    They look fabulous, like they both read the memo.
    FLOTUS’ suit is gorgeous and Sam looks fresh and chic.
    I want both pairs of shoes.

  • sherrietee

    I want Sam’s outfit, actually.  I love those colors on me.

  • I love the jacket, but I love the dress (with the kingfisher pin and the belted sash) even MORE. The Daily Mail has some shots of it; I’m wish you had been able to include it in your critique.

  • SewingSiren

    Both look great. Especially Mrs. O.

  • SapphoPoet

    Very pretty; finally, a suit I like. 

    Will you blog about what they wore to the state dinner?

  • Christina Morgan

    Well, Carla Bruni might be taller…

  • janetjb

    The President needs a new tailor ASAP.  Did someone think he was going to grow into it?

    Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Cameron look beautiful together.

  • mozzer0906

    Love this!

  • nancylee61

    I think the jacket looks a tad tight on our First Lady – other than that, she looks gorgeous!!

  • Jessica Rowe

    OMG I love Mrs. Cameron’s dress.  LOVE LOVE.

  • mjude

    once again LOVE

  • Cathy S

    I don’t like neckline of the jacket but the rest of it is great. I like Mrs. Cameron’s colors.

  • suzq

    Michelle looks amazing.  Well done, Zach! 

    Sam needs a new haircut. 

  • Our First Couple is so damn good looking.  Nice to not see her in the standard First Lady business suit with a brooch on it. 

  • Shelley O also was able to take off the jacket at lunch to display the fitted sheath dress underneath with, what looked like, a teal sash and sparkly pin, which freshened the look up a bit for luncheon photos.  There was a smidge of bitchery in the British press that SamCam didn’t change clothes for the luncheon.  

  • Shelley O also was able to take off the jacket at lunch to display the fitted sheath dress underneath with, what looked like, a teal sash and sparkly pin, which freshened the look up a bit for luncheon photos.  There was a smidge of bitchery in the British press that SamCam didn’t change clothes for the luncheon.  

  • rowsella

    Love this on her!  Big In! Beautiful!

  • Is it just me or did Mrs. O took someone’s advice and lost the belts… don’t remember last time I saw her in one. Love the pleating on that jacket

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love the Zac Posen suit – gorgeous.  My favorite thing, though, is you always see POTUS and FLOTUS leaning into each other, smiling or whispering.  It is so nice to see them so much in love.  Makes me happy.

  • butter nut

    lol first thing i thought was, are they sure that’s a zac posen??  it’s like zac posen does jackie o.  it looks fantastic on her!

  • bellafigura1

    Absolute perfection, especially those Fantastic Mirrory Shoes.  I love them.  Does anyone know whose they are? 

  • bitterk

    Flawless.  Man has she raised the bar.

  • Agreed, except for her atrocious posture. She looks like she’s collapsing.

    Shelly, you’ll never be a petite 5’4″ waif–so rock that tall, glamorous figure!