WERQ: Michelle Obama in Michael Kors

Posted on June 18, 2012



President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host dinner to present Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the White House. Michelle Obama wore a Michael Kors dress paired with House of Lavande vintage earrings.

Snaps the hell up, Miss Lady! This is easily one of our all-time favorite Mrs. O looks. It’s elegant, but it’s also chic and stylish, and it suits her to a T. Love the hair and jewelry, too.

Also, thank you, Shelley. It’s Tom’s birthday today and he really doesn’t feel like working. Posts like these are easy. He might drag himself away from his day-long carb binge (Gourmet donuts for breakfast! Also, lunch.) to do more posts after this, but the kittens might want to check the Whiteboard out for updates. Especially this entry. No, really. You need to check that one out.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • kimmeister

    So great to see her in a belt (or belt-like ornamentation) that’s around her actual waist, rather than right under her bust.

    • AmandaCathleen

       Didn’t realize it until you said it, but I think that’s a huge part of why this look works so well.

    • Pennymac

      The belt reminded me of that patriotic bunting (In shape, not in color) 

      And happy birthday,Tom! My favorite gourmet doughnut is from Glazed Gourmet in Charleston. Maple Bacon,yummy!  Next time I go, I’ll eat an extra one in your honor. Thanks for the excuse!

      • Rand Ortega

         Maple Bacon Doughnut???? I just gained 10lbs reading that!

  • Maine1ac

    She does look beautiful.  And it was nice of her to be so considerate on Tom’s birthday.

  • AmandaCathleen

    Wow. The First Couple both look fabulous, but FLO looks particularly stunning. Simple, chic, gorgeous!

    • Clueless_Jock

      Yes, absolutely stunning.

      Happy Birthday Tom!

  • Sobaika

    Perfection! If anyone had ever told me we would have a First Lady rocking a jewelry belt I would have let out an undignified snort. But this is truly a WERQ.

    • Right? And it’s not an easy accessory to pull of and not cheapen the look, it’s deployed perfectly here.

  • Happy Birthday TOM!!!!!!!!
    And snaps indeed to our gorgeous FLOTUS.

  • I’ve just figured something out (maybe a bit belatedly)… Shelly looks her best – and she really looks fantastic here – when she goes with SIMPLE elegance, rather than the really fussy or overwrought looks. This one is a definite two thumbs up!

  • Happy Birthday Tom!

    And very nice work Mrs O. So simple and utterly perfect.

  • EEKstl

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM!!  WERQ indeed!  Flawless.

  • M_E_S

    Oh my god, she is STUNNING.  That belt 100% makes that look.  Whoever chose it for her needs to be hired on as a permanent belt consultant.

    I wish we could get a closer shot of the earrings.  I can’t tell if there are stones in them or not.  Either way, AMAZING.

  • She needs to get this dress in every color. Seriously. She looks amazing. And Tom, enjoy your carb-fest! Happy birthday!

  • AudreysMom

    First, happy birthday, Tom. Audrey little curly tail is just a-waggin’ in celebration and she is snortin’ up a storm.

    Re: Shelley O. At 57 and living through at least 7 other first ladies (starting with Lady Bird for most vivid memories) I continue to be amazed and in awe of just how much of a difference this woman has brought to the image of the FLOTUS.  

    • yetanotherLaura

      Amen!  FLOTUS has always been the epitome of boring frumpdom — until Michelle!  You GO, you gorgeous woman, you!

      And I love the smug expression POTUS gets when he’s walking beside Michelle wearing her most gorgeous — he KNOWS how lucky he is, and he wants to make sure we know he knows!

    • alyce1213

      I’m a couple of years older than you, and wonder — do you have any very young memories of the divine Mamie Eisenhower? 
      Oh, she was a beaut!

      • AudreysMom

        No, sorry. Mamie was in the White House the year I was born, plus 2 years. Jackie O (at 5) was probably the first first lady I have memories of, but mostly shrouded in black during the funeral (and of course in Life magazine). But LadyBird was really the first one I can remember as a kid. My family was uber-Republican so kind words weren’t uttered, in fact I distinctly remember disparaging things mentioned about Lady Bird’s looks (sigh). 

        Was Mamie the style goddess that Michelle is?

        • alyce1213

          Oh no, I meant that facetiously. Coincidentally, her family name was Doud and she pretty much personified 1950s dowdiness. She wore nothing more adventurous or glamorous than what small town midwestern ladies wore any old day.  A different time altogether, changed very much by Jackie K in 1961.
          Lady Bird was a nice woman, and pushed for the beautification of the US with planting and greenery programs. And look who she had to put up with – ugh! (and I’m a Democrat)
          Come to think of it, most (not all) of the FLOTUSes in my lifetime have been very nice women, nothing to do with parties and politics.
          Time for a woman POTUS, I think.

  • M_E_S

    Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!  June birthdays are THE BEST.  

  • MoHub

    WOW! Just Wow!

  • Qitkat

    Shelley! Verry classy LBD. Earrings and belt are fabulous. Totally make the look. Of course your toned arms and shoulders are the envy of bitter kittens everywhere. What I love so much is that although she does not have a tiny waist, when she gets it right, she looks like she has a perfect figure. Well-earned, effortless looking, Werq.

    PS. Happy Birthday Tom! Dunkin’, LaMars, or Krispy Kreme? Carbolicious but dangerous.

  • greyhoundgirl

    As has been said in posts about them many times before–they are each beautiful but put them together and something exponential happens.  Gorgeous, elegant, smart, savvy, intelligent.

  • MilaXX

    Shelly dressed up just for Tom. Now you boys run along and enjoy yourselves today. Just don’t eat yourselves into a carb coma.

  • Is the belt Michael Kors too? Was it originally paired with this dress?
    The whole look is incredible. 

    • MaryMitch

      I think this is the only Michael Kors dress that I actually like. And it looks gorgeous on her.

  • SapphoPoet

    Stunning. I LOVE how the belt looks against the black.

    Happy Birthday to Tom. 🙂

  • Lilithcat
    • NDC_IPCentral

       Woof!!  Too much eye candy in one day!

  • introspective


    our first lady is the shit. that is all.

  • Little_Olive

    I like it. Come on, FLO, will you grace us with a pair of soft eyebrows before you go/restart? 

    On a total sidenote, is Simon Peres secretly Al Pacino’s father?

  • Tapetum

    Happy Birthday! It is, coincidentally, also my eldest son’s birthday and my nephew’s birthday. Also the 200th anniversary of the starting of the war of 1812.

    Love this look on Michelle. The belt is particularly nice.

  • introspective

    and happy birthday to Tom (and all other June bdays/geminis on here)!! mine is on Thursday…

    I am still by the way completely floored by how fantastic Shelley looks here, which is why I only read the post a few mins after gawking at the pics, and only now am finding out about T’s bday. she SLAYED everyone in the room that night for sure.

  • SpcilK

    Happy Bitrhday Tom! FLO looks fantastic.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    there are 3 things I love about this post:


    2. FLOTUS is SHUTTING IT DOWN, as is her wont.

    3. Shimon Peres is 88. And clear as a fucking BELL. LOOK AT HIM GO.

    *off to check out the Superior Hemsworth goodness vs that werewolf stripper*

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Happy birthday, Tom! You young thing, you.  Glad this Monday is not full o’ moaning.  Enjoy your day, and I’ll enjoy Ms. Obama’s fine finery as well.

  • Thanks for the birthday wishes, dolls! I’m eating a Bavarian chocolate donut in your honor. -T

    • Sobaika

      Making the Bitter Kittens hungry! Wishing you a very happy birthday and many more to come 🙂

    • nannypoo

      Is that the kind with the gooey stuff inside? Insert drooling here.

    • Happy birthday, Uncle Tom!! We all love you from the bottom of where our hearts should be. Also, as a foodie, I hope you did Doughnut Plant doughnuts! Their crème brûlée doughnut is to die.  

  • nannypoo

    Omigosh, best ever! Oh, and her husband is looking pretty good, too.

  • MsKitty

    Happy Birthday Tom!  Show those donuts whose boss.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She looks amazing! That delicate belt hits her at just the right spot. 

    I am not remotely surprised to discover that Tom is a Gemini.

  • RL McGruder

    I’ve been waiting for you to comment on this look – LOVE IT!

    Happy birthday, Tom!

  • Rand Ortega

    Perfection. The epitome of understated sexiness.
    I’d bet real $ POTUS snacked on that bare arm before the reception!

    Happy B’Day, Tom! & many more!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Fabulous, beautiful, gorgeous~ she’s fantastic!

    ETA: Congrats to M. Kors for designing a beautiful dress and getting a LOT of exposure!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    This is beautiful on her. WERQ

    Happy Birthday, Tom! ……..aaand many mooooore!

  • mjude

    love her.

    happy birthday tom!

  • Lisa Dugan

    She looks gorgeous!!!  The belt is perfect.

  • I looked, it was delicious, thank you.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday, Tom!

  • Cathy C. could also rock this look.  It’s tasteful, elegant, stylish, and Granny Windsor-Mountbatten wouldn’t need smelling salts to revive her after seeing a Firm member sporting 21st century attire.

    Happy Happy, T.  Long may you and L. blog!

  • Le_Sigh

    YESSS!  That belt is uber-fab!  What a lovely birthday present. 

    Happy 31st Birthday Tom!!!!  May your gourmet doughnut feast be tasty and plentiful!

  • Le_Sigh

    And hot damn – thank you for your generous present on the whiteboard!  

  • BazoDee

    Oh WERQ indeed. 3 snaps in Z WERQ!!

  • AmQueenNow

    Happy  Birthday Tom!!!

  • jw_ny


    have a happy one Tom!  carb away today…stay away from the scale tomorrow. 

    • My sentiments exactly! Here’s hoping you have a happy birthday today, and a not-too-hippy tomorrow!

  • Judy_S

    Many happy returns of the day!

  • She has found her look!

  • clairellis

    I love this!! So pretty!! I sure hope she gets another four years of pretty outfits. Not trying to be political I just like the way she dresses. Almost always very elegant and flattering!

    Also Happy Birthday, Tom!! Enjoy the donuts and carbs!!

  • l3icest3r

    I’d like the dress better in a midnight blue or dark navy; otherwise, it’s beautiful. She looks wonderful. 

  • lordandtaylor

    Happy b-day Tommy! She looks great and he looks totally dateable.

  • meowing

    She’s looked great on many occasions, but I think this is the best ever:  radiant, elegant and a true FLOTUS role model.  Brava.

  • lesmaha

    Happy Birthday, Tom!

  • Christy Cricow

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TOM!!!! And how lovely of the FLOTUS and POTUS to dress so fabulously for the occasion. Indulge!!

  • sweetlilvoice

    Mmmm….thank you for the reminder about the shirtless boy post. I may have to take another look to make sure I really agree with myself that Alcide is the right one to pick.

  • carolynmo

    Happy birthday, Tom! Flotus knew, of course: ‘what can I wear that would please Tom?’

    She looks fabulous.

  • Liverpoolgirl

    happy birthday Tom…..me, you and Paul McCartney…great day for a birthday!

  • elemspbee

    Happy Birthday Tom! Wish you a fashion perfect day.

  • WERQ indeed. Effortless chic.
    Ok, going to whiteboard now.

  • egl48


  • She works those one-shoulder numbers like nobody’s business.

  • MzzPants

    She looks positively regal.

  • Cheri Lee


  • LinXGUA

    the queen of the world. no, really. “on democracy, we wear michael kors!”

    Happy Birthday Tom!

  • hhiihiu

    Happy brithday, Tom!  I’m a South Philly girl and wondering if the gourmet donuts of which you speak are Federal Donuts. They’re my favorite.

  • beebee10

    Sweetheart! Happy birthday!!! Look how happy Shelly is for you! xoxo

  • MaryMG

    We need to have a word with the presidential photographer and request better closeups of accessories – I would love to see the details on the earrings. She does look stupendous. I would love to have long elegant slim hands like hers instead of my stubby peasant stumps.

    Happy birthday Tom! Snack away.

  • sunandmoon24

    she looks great….natch…..and happy birthday, Tom! 🙂

  • NurseEllen

    Happy Birthday, Tom!  Glad you arose out of your carb-induced stupor to share Shelly’s glamour with us, your minions.  She *does* look fab!  And here in the south, it’s Krispy Kremes or nothing, so I’ll be raising a glazed lovely to you.  Mwah!

  • littlemac8

    We have several things in common:  June birthdays, fondness for donuts (well, craving, really!) and a fascination with Flo ( luv huh).  So enjoy your day and as my sister and I have taken to saying to each other, “No regrets.”

  • golspie

    I wish she wouldn’t wear belts and waistbands so high. And I do think that while she has a fine physique, she doesn’t suit flashing so much flesh. She’s not a desperate TV actress in her late forties.

  • She is awesome. Even if I didn’t like her politics, I’d have to give her credit for style. 

  • Mary Baumer


  • quiltrx

    SO classy and beautiful!

  • berkeleygirl

    I”ve said it before and I’ll say it again:   Our President is one very, very Lucky Bastard!

  • mila_8


  • happy birthday!

  • TieDye64

    Gawd, she looks beautiful. 


  • RzYoung

    Aw happy birthday Tom! I hope he had a nice day! x

  • guest2visits

    Very beautiful.

  • aimee_parrott

    She looks so fabulous!  Wow.

    But as wonderful it is to have a First Lady who can rock a dress like that… ah, forget about it.  It’s Tom’s Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Tom!  Hope you have a fantabulous day!!

  • Candigirl1968

    Perfect from head to toe!
    Happy Birthday Tom!!!

  • HM3

    Happy (Belated) Birthday, Tom!

  • rougeort

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM! Gourmet donuts forever 🙂

  • StillGary

    Happy Birthday Tom!!!

  • michelle shields

    I’m not sure I like the belt but it’s a minor thing, she looks pretty darn good.
    Happy Birthday Tom and eat a doughnut for me.

  • librarygrrl64

    Happy birthday, Tom!!!!! Kisses. 🙂

  • So beautiful.

  • my roomate’s mother brought home $20284 a week ago. she has been working on the computer and bought a $381500 home. All she did was get blessed and put to work the clues uncovered on that website top of this comment

  • calimon

    Très elegant!

  • Patsye Peebles

    Well Happy Birthday, Tom!  I am a day or two late reading, but I hope it was Happy, Happy!  🙂

  • GitchygitchyMama

    wuz a gourmet donut look like birthday boy? Happy Birthday Tommy!