Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese

Posted on September 05, 2012

Okay, okay! We heard you, twitter-peeps! So many of you came flying at us at once with your twitter-twats demanding to know everything there is to know about everything appearing on FLO’s body (right down to requests to identify her nail polish, to which we have to respond “Really?”) that we think you might have caused a twitter-twat-breakdown last night.

First lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Michelle Obama wore a custom Tracy Reese dress paired with J. Crew suede pumps.

J. Crew Everly Suede Pumps

Objective: all eyes on me while I project an image of competence and femininity; new school female warrior meets old school wife and mother.

Mission accomplished.

It’s eye-catching as hell, isn’t it? Probably one of the more eye-catching outfits she’s ever worn – and that’s REALLY saying something. A wonderful break from the binary red/blue color scheme. Sure, it’s pink and pale blue, which means it’s not that much of a break, but we’ll take it.

Now you know we’re gonna bitch about those shoes. They’re fabulous shoes, but Shelley does love her Barbie-style matching. Still, she looks sharp, pretty, and most importantly, modern.


[Photo Credit: Getty, jcrew.com]

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  • She’s wearing pink instead of Supportive Wife Blue or Boring As **** Beige. I don’t like the neckline on her, but she’s a snazzier dresser than most DC women. 

    • DaringMiss

      Actually, I thought the neckline worked really well on TV.  It highlighted her shoulders and arms (two of her best features!) and was visually interesting from the neck up while she spoke from the podium.

      • MissAnnieRN

        That’s a good point.  I didn’t watch the convention, mostly because politics annoy me.  I have a huge crush on MObama, and I covet her arms, and enjoy following her fashion.  In the full length shots, I felt that the neckline made her hips look out of proportion with her shoulders.  When the lower half is obscured by the dais, it showcases The First Arms quite nicely.

        This fabric is to die.  Love it.

        • Araina23

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUpN6klYP9o – watch her here as she walks out.  You can see the full dress and it’s just so flattering.  The shoes really work well, because they look so lovely with her awesome legs.

      • ziarah

        Yep. It makes her look REALLY strong. 


        I am on the fence on about the neckline…I agree she has amazing shoulders and arms, but the narrowness seems to create a very bottom heavy look.  If the straps had been set further apart I think I would have like the proportions better.  

      • Her arms looked AMAZING.

  • Verascity

    She looks amazing. Perfect First Lady material. WERQ that all-Americana, Mrs. Obama!

    • LaylaSV

       God damn I am crushing so hard on our first lady right now. She just looks so freakin’ SMART.

  • And her nails? Come on guys lol, are they painted pale blue? Gray? Lavender?  It’s so hard to tell 😉
    I’m personally not a fan of shiny dresses but when you are FLOTUS you can wear whatever the hell you want, and she is owning this dress!

    • Sobaika

      I’m one of the people clamoring for her nail polish. It’s a very pretty and understated color without being boring.

      • momjamin

        Woulda been so easy to match the nails with the shoes with the dress.  Whew!

      • SassieCassy

        I love that twitter went nuts during her speech in equal parts policy, fashion and NAIL POLISH!

      •  I think, considering her penchant for matching, it’s that blue-grey that you find in the bottom of her dress.

        • It’s not blue-grey… it’s either clear nail polish or none at all.

          •  Unless I’m super-seeing-things she’s wearing SOME color of nail polish. You can definitely see it in the photo where she’s clapping her hands together. Not that it matters that much, mind. I’m not a nail polish obsessive. 🙂

          • Sobaika

            She is most definitely wearing polish, it looks like a lavender-grey in all pictures. I posted a link, but those need to be reviewed; MSNBC did some digging and found out it was an Artistic Color Gel in “Vogue.”

            Glad to know the news is focusing on the big stuff.

          • I see it now. Had to enlarge the photo, and you’re right… looks like blueish lavender. I hate it when I’m wrong. :-p

      • Sobaika
  • ballerinawithagun

    Great speech, great dress. For this event the matching shoes were appropriate. 

    • charlotte

       Great woman!

      • Dang, I missed it — tried to watch on streaming video but it kept stopping, and was too tired to go out and find a friend with cable.

        • Cautiously Pessimistic

          Find it online if you can.  It was a barn-burner.  Hands down the best speech of the night, and it might wind up the best speech of the convention.  It was gracious and tough all at once.  And a pretty good rebuttal of Romney without ever mentioning his name.

          • annieanne

            Best speech of both conventions so far.

          • Cautiously Pessimistic

            I remember watching a speech she gave in 2007, I think, and just marveling that she was so much better as a speaker than he is.  I live in Illinois, so at that point I had already heard him speak a lot.  They’ve both got a great sense of delivery and a very literary style to their speech construction, but she’s just better at it.  It takes a lot of talent to be that personal and not cloying, that tough and not strident, and that focused and not redundant.

          • I think it may end up in history, that speech, because we’ve never heard such a great speech by a first lady in our history.

          • Glammie

            Yeah, if Hillary Clinton could deliver a speech like that, we might have had another President Clinton.  Damn, that is how it’s done, girls.

            Loved the dress too–I think the neckline with its sporty swimwear looking emphasizing Shelley O’s shoulders keeps the pink from looking too sweet.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’ve said before & no doubt will again, that if she chooses a full-bore public career after she is no longer FLOTUS/when her girls are older, she could eclipse all former first ladies (ETA: in recent times – hard to compare her to First Ladies in earlier days when there weren’t the same opportunities, especially for the wives of prominent men) & many of their husbands. She’s got the brains & drive of Ms. Clinton but is much better with the surface-level people skills and comes off very well in interviews and public appearances – she has good instincts OR is extremely self disciplined and well prepared, or both.

            I also think that her drive to accomplish something is stronger than her drive to be a player on a big stage – which makes me suspect that whatever she does it won’t be as a candidate for office.

        • Sobaika

          I was streaming on my iPad and it kept crashing too. I was trying not to join my family in watching it together because they talk to darn much.

        • Sobaika

          Also I hope everyone gets a chance to see Carina Victoria Castro be perfect, regardless of political affiliation.

          • BerlinerNYC

            That girl was giving serious hair—and nearly stole the show! So freaking cute.

        • lovelyivy

           I would definitely try to find it and watch- the written transcript of the speech is just ok, what made the whole thing so dynamic was her delivery. She really communicated her passion, compassion, and sincerity. i was blown away.

          I’d have to say it was a tremendous night for speeches all round- between her, Deval Patrick, Julian Castro and Strickland the Dems came out SWINGING.

          • Sobaika

            It was a great night of speeches. Favorite for me was Lilly Ledbetter in that badass Southern drawl.

          • MK03

            Ooh, she spoke?? I can’t believe I missed it!

          • Sobaika

            She did, a bit earlier in the night, I wonder if many networks aired it. And she was flawless.

          • Cautiously Pessimistic

             Yeah, I think she was pre-10PM Eastern.  I believe only CNN and PBS were showing anything before that point, so a lot of people would have missed her.  She was pretty awesome, though.

        • $11900414

          @Heather: worth taking the time to view it. Here you go: 

    • Araina23

       Exactly.  I’m getting tired of the hate for the matching shoes in every setting.  In this setting shoes that didn’t match would’ve looked really wrong. 

      • Hate? You read hatred in that incredibly mild critique? Come now.

        • Araina23

          You’re right.  I apologize, I shouldn’t have exaggerated and generalized.

          • momato

            I’m getting tired of the criticism of matching shoes, too. 

          • It’s fine to dress in the fashion of the day and to take risks. But your own taste needs to also be honored and many of us prefer the matchy look. It has become expected and tiresome to be criticized here for wanting a well coordinated outfit that includes matching accessories. Throwing in a random, often clashing color just for the sake of a pop of color is jarring to some of us. I’m not a boring dresser, but I still want my shoes to match my hem.

          • It’s not about you. You have never been criticized here for wearing matchy shoes. And the name of this site is “Tom & Lorenzo” not “Tom & Lorenzo Talk About Other People’s Taste In Order to Not Offend Them.”

          • I’m fully aware that it’s not about me and my comment was not specifically about you, either. The anti-matching contingent includes a great many of your readers who have voiced their opinions on the subject. It’s become almost a knee-jerk reaction to point out in a negative way that someone has a color-coordinated outfit (is that better than using the word “criticized?”). I’m just sticking up for those who like to dress that way.

          • Really? There’s an “anti-matching contingent” who needs to “honor” other people’s tastes? Lighten up. Tell us you disagree and that you love to wear matchy shoes. But don’t get bent out of shape over this stuff. We encourage the formation of opinions here, which is why our hackles get up when people propose that opinions be tempered in order to make sure no one’s feelings are hurt. It’s anathema to what we do here.

          • You and I are obviously on different wave lengths today. The last thing I want to do is raise your hackles. I was saying that a person needs to honor their own taste and not wear something because it’s supposed to be fashionable. If my feelings are hurt, it’s only because you misunderstood me. 

          • Sorry, but we don’t think we misread you when you said how “tiresome” it was to be “”criticized” by the “anti-matching contingent.”

          • I attempted to end this thread peacefully, but you had to have the last defensive word. As a businesswoman, I find it curious that you would choose to antagonize a very loyal reader just to prove how right you always are. In my store, the customer is always right. In yours, the customer is only right if they agree with you.

          • This, after we told you that we encouraged people to form opinions and state their disagreement. This, in a comments section full of people disagreeing with us.

            We are not “choosing to antagonize a very loyal reader.” We are ensuring that everyone here gets a chance to opinionate and that no one appoints themselves the guardian of appropriate opinions. In other words (and once again): IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU.


          • And now you yell at me? Good bye.

          • Jennifer Cunningham

            Hi Tom and Lorenzo
            I love you and love reading your posts but I am upset about this. The tone of your comments to Nancy were overly aggressive and out of proportion to what she was saying. You seem to be inordinately upset. I don’t know why you thought it necessary to attack her in this way and even when she tried to quell the flames, you just kept going at her.
            From a long-time loyal reader

          • Thank you for your support, Jennifer.

          • Jennifer Cunningham

            You’re welcome Nancy.
            I completely agree with Momato when she said that the only time T and L seem to respond to readers’ comments is when they feel misunderstood and want to defend themselves (or should this be go on the attack?), often about things that barely warrant having an argument about. I don’t know why they are like this when they have so many people who love and support them.
            Maybe they might consider apologising to you?

          • I notice that you have deleted my answer to your outburst as well as those of the readers who defended me and criticized your responses to me. Obviously, this is your blog and not an open forum, but it certainly belies your statement that people are encouraged to state their opinions and disagreements.

          • When the discussion becomes all about us, then the discussion’s over. Feel free to discuss anything written in the post above, however.

          • momato

            Ah, well.  I shall not be reading your blog anymore. You’re a lot of fun and have some great insight into what you write about, but it isn’t fun to read what seems to me to be unnecessarily hostile comments you write when you feel, I dunno, mistreated. It’s like watching one of those PR contestants you often roll your eyes at. 

          • Jennifer Cunningham

            Ditto for me. I loved reading your posts every day. Your writing is wonderful and your are funny. 
            I wanted to believe you were fun and light-hearted people who don’t take yourselves too seriously. I’ve read the verbal attacks you’ve made previously on various other people and tried to reconcile them with who I wanted to believe you were as people but the attack on Nancy today was the watershed moment. Everything has changed. The thing that puzzles me most is why you think communicating in this manner with the commenters is necessary. It wasn’t as if Nancy was being verbally abusive to you.
            People need to like you to like your blog. Even there are people who rile you, why couldn’t you just let it slide.

          • momato

            Other than when you want to keep the conversation focused on your purposes, the only times you seem to respond to readers’ comments is when you feel misunderstood and want to defend yourselves.  I guess that’s human, but you do come across as hypersensitive and truly bitchy often.  I read this blog less and less, and this is one of the reasons.  I understand your point that you’d like people to be able to express their opinions, – but the woman you were arguing with was showing much more graciousness towards you than you towards her.  You exaggerate your language and attitude for comic effect in your blog, but it seems when your readers direct that kind of attitude towards you, you become angry and defensive.  

            It seemed to me she was just saying that she likes to wear matching shoes and she disagrees with people who who don’t and is tired of the criticism in general.  

          • Thank you for your support and honesty, momato.

          • momato

            No probs, Ms. Nancy.  I should probably add how much I’ve enjoyed reading TLo’s opinions on fashion and PR in the past few years.  The tone of some of their responses to the readers makes me uncomfortable, though. 

          •  I too much prefer shoes to match my clothing to some degree or another.  And I used to get a little miffed or confused when TLo would call attention to the overly-matchiness that some celebrities would do.  But it has been dawning on me that for celebs, they have a lot more resources and money than most of us have at our disposal.  And therefore can afford to take more fashion risks.  I might not be the brightest bulb on the tree but I’m realizing it more and more. I look at fashion now, almost every time, with the thought “What would TLo say about this and how can it be improved?”  I admire and respect their opinions because frequently, it matches my own. 

          • Sweetbetty

             Plus, on so many of the commentaries a contrasting shoe is criticized as being the wrong color for the outfit.  Just how does one go about determining the right color of contrasting shoe to wear?  Give me matching or complimentary color accessories any day.

          • me, too! so tired of it.  its easy to mismatch, it takes skills and taste to match.

          • Cautiously Pessimistic

            I agree with you, though, about there being a time and place for matching shoes.  Women in politics (or politics-adjacent women) tend to dress conservatively to be taken seriously.  Mrs. Obama’s fashion sense is a lot more forward-looking than most women in her position; matching shoes is a more conservative choice, even if said shoes were really pink.

            It’s like TLo say about royalty: there’s a different set of rules for them than for movie stars.  I think the same thing is true for women in Mrs. Obama’s position.

          • gelcat

            and she LEAPT off the carpet and the other backgrounds – no disappearing into the carpet with those contrasting shoes.  LOVED IT

          •  I read/heard somewhere that the color of the shoes was called “rhubarb” which just seems so dead-on perfect. 

          • Glammie

            I think the shoes were doing a couple of things–the matchiness and shape of the pump were demure enough to not be controversial–the matchiness was conservative and Shelley and her people wanted that.  In a sense it was an outfit that you could wear to a wedding.

            Other thing is that the shoes were from J. Crew–so not super-expensive or hard to obtain.  It counters, ever so slightly, the custom-made dress, and makes it a little more down-to-earth.

            Is J. Crew still run by a woman?  If so, between that and Tracy Reese–there’s a subtle pitch for female empowerment, too.

  • LuisaNL

    She nailed it, both the outfit and the speech. Well done, Shelley, well done.

  • Nancy Karpen

    She looks fabulous. I knew that you’d remark on the matching shoes, but I like the deeper pink.  The dress is modern and much better than Ann Romney’s old school red  de la Renta. Modern style at it’s best.

    •  I loved this dress and think Shelley O looked fabulous, but I thought Anne Romney looked great too. It’s “old school” as you say, but because it’s a classic. And I heard it sold out completely afterwards. Also, Mrs. R has nearly 15 years on Mrs. O. But both outdress the Mrs’s Bush-Clinton-Bush in their sensible pearls and pantsuits.

  • ChaCha_70

    She looked perfect in my eyes and, more importantly, had an amazing and inspiring speech! So proud.

  • kikisayshi

    This amazing dress definitely matched her bringing-down-the-house speech. Love huh!

  • BookJunkie315


  • DTLAFamilies

    This looked better on TV. Here she looks really hippy but I didn’t notice that last night. Regardless, isn’t it fabulous to have such a beautiful, intelligent and radiant First Lady>

    • MoHub

       And that’s why we need to re-elect her!

      • Sobaika

        I love her, but we’re re-electing her husband. From a purely political standpoint, I’m afraid her speech was so friggin’ beautiful and powerful that it’s all we’ll be talking about.

        • MoHub

          “I love her, but we’re re-electing her husband.”

          Technically, yes, but in this day and age, we tend to get a package deal. With the possible exceptions of Mamie Eisenhower, Pat Nixon, and possibly Barbara Bush, modern First Ladies have played an active part in their husbands’ administrations.

          • It does seem like a requirement, doesn’t it? I wonder if we’ll ever elect an unmarried president again.

          • MoHub

             Even the unmarried had some woman, such as a daughter (Jefferson) or sister, to serve as nominal First Lady.

          • Glammie

            Only if he’s a widower.  Otherwise, his sex life will be way up for discussion. And I shudder to think how ugly the discussion about a single woman would get.

          •  I heard an interview with Laura Bush when she was still First Lady and she was asked what she thought of Condoleeza Rice as President. She had a very interesting response. Of course she said she thought Condi was qualified, but she couldn’t imagine a single person doing the job without the kind of support a spouse provides. Obviously, we see the public support, but also the one person the President can truly probably confide in who is there just for them. And people would act like a single man was having orgies (not that it would be the first time!) and a woman would be somehow too damaged. Ah well, more fun to talk frocks.

        • SassieCassy

          THISSSSSSSS. I didnt vote for Gore based on tipper, Kerry based on theresa, and if i were conservative i wouldnt vote for mitt based on ann.

          her speech was properly thematic and general. she didnt name the romneys or talk policy. it was just a rhetorical jumping off point for the rest of the campaign.

          i do like that the Obamas are ACTUALLY a family values kind of image. I dont care what you do behind close doors and all but practice what you preach.

          •  No one has ever won my vote based on their spouse, but some have lost it.

        •  That’s okay, he’ll get the convention bump regardless.  A lot of voters do vote on First Lady choices, which makes a certain degree of sense — in the most intimate area of his life, this is the woman he chose to share it with and that says something about him.  While McCain chose a pageant queen and Romney chose a woman whose most important contribution to his first bid was recipes on his website, Barack Obama chose a smart, accomplished woman in her own right.  One who vastly outshined him at the beginning of their relationship.

  • And, to get all metatextual, she’s also showing her most powerful weapon: those killer arms. This is so well thought of. 

    • YoungSally

      I noticed the arms too — freshly oiled up for battle.

  • Vanja

    In this case I don’t mind the matchy shoes, because all the attention is going to that great eye-catching dress.

    • I’m guessing it marks podium heights? Possible that the podium is adjusted depending on the speaker? 

    • twocee

       I think WendyD is right about the position markers.  But leave it to a BK to spot something like that 🙂

      I also don’t mind the matchy shoes.  And considering her audience, non-matchy shoes might have freaked people out.

      • Vanja

         Thanks @twitter-11385592:disqus 🙂
        So @twocee:disqus, I have to ask: what’s a ‘BK’?

        • twocee

           BK = Bitter Kitten

          • Vanja

            *headdesk* 🙂

  • nancylee61

    Love her, love this on her. So glad she didn’t go with the flouncy, just a wee bit on the bottom!! Kept it simple and classic!

  • Those photos does not do her nor her outfit nor her nail polish (Yes, her nail polish! I was over here swooning. Still listening to her speech but swooning) any justice. Appearing on my HD TV set, Michelle ‘FLOTUS’ Obama looked absolutely flawless. My word. Amazing.

    Okay, T. Lo, I love ya. You know I love ya. But what’s the deal with you guys not loving matching the shoes with the dress? I’ve seen a lot of great outfits that you guys post about but you take points off when the shoes matches the dress (well, except for Joanna Coles. You guys loved that…I did, too!). I’m all for matching when done right. I don’t think it brings the outfit down, at all (when done right). Is the fab duo a fan of the monochromatic look? I mean, that’s matching from head to toe. lolol.

    • Flora O

      Seriously with the shoes. My drag queen dad always taught me to wear an understated shoe: “If they’re staring at your feet, you’re doing something wrong.”

      • alyce1213

        May I steal that line? 

      •  Does your drag queen dad want to adopt me?  I’m available

  • jenno1013

    Thank the Lord there’s no BELT – that gored bodice is gorgeous and fits her like a glove.  What beautiful prints, too.

  • I watched this last night and was hoping you guys would comment on her dress. She looked stunning. And her speech was killer. Man, I love that woman. 

  • Spicytomato1

    Perfection from head to (matchy) toe. I love the shape and silhouette on her and the color is so flattering. Hair and makeup are also phenomenal, so fresh and pretty. She totally knocked it out of the park.

  • SewingSiren

    Woot! Shout out to Michelle and to Charlotte NC. WE Love you!

  • um…is she wearing hose? whats with the shiny legs?

    • ccinnc

      I’m pretty sure she isn’t wearing hose. Notice her arms have sheen as well.

    • 909girl601world

       Oil of some sort – or a very, very heavy cream. Wards off ashiness far better than lotion for most darker complexioned people.

  • That color looked gorgeous on her! And her speech was perfection as well. She just makes me proud full stop. I am proud, not only because of the job she is doing as First Lady, but also because of what she projects to the world about us. She and her husband represent the best of what the US can be.

    • I think I reached my letter limit! It cut me off, but I wanted to add that she’s gorgeous too- inside and out!

      • formerlyAnon

         DIsqus has got to be being glitchy. I write freaking books on here without getting cut off, some days.

    • Araina23

       Four More Years!

  • siriuslover

    and gave a helluva good speech to boot. I thought she looked lovely last night.

  • She is one giant bottle of Awesomesauce!

  • I really wanted it to be a wider neckline, but overall it’s a WERQ to me.

    Also, is it wrong that I want the FLOTUS to come out with an exercise video showing off the moves that got her those killa arms? Because if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      In the video that just preceded her walking out onto the stage there were a couple of clips of her doing full-on (that is, not girl-version where the female is balancing on her knees) push-ups, and her form was strict!  I have a personal trainer (my indulgence), and arms need free weights, machines, push-ups, tricep dips – an entire varied regimen.  Do some dips off the side of your desk in honor of FLOTUS today! 😉

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Loved this look, loved, loved, loved it being sleeveless to show off her delts and righteous arms.  That’s pretty daring in political circles.  And I thought the neckline and bodice worked wonderfully “above the podium.”  As well as/in addition to her remarks, which had me posting “THIS!” on FB, to crib a phrase from Nicholas Kristhof, First Lady Michelle Obama aced it.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I just love her so much! Is it me, though, or are the narrow set straps unflattering to everyone? I seem to be the only one who is ever bothered by that. I look at these pictures and think that if the straps on the dress were set out further on her shoulders, this look would be completely flawless.

    • kimmeister

      They are flattering as all get out on those of use with broad shoulders who want to visually narrow them.

  • jahphotogal

    She looks amazing. She and I have the same basic shape – pear, i.e. smallish, lean on top, small waist, and very wide hips and round butt. Every time I see her, it gives me new ideas for how to dress. 

  • I usually prefer her in a pencil skirt rather than an A-line, but this dress is so figure-flattering for her that I’m coming around. And yes, her arms!

    • kimmeister

      The dress is not doing her hips any favors in the first shot, but I guess that’s just because it was moving.

  • Richard Harper

    She looks phenomenally good.  The dress/look/ensemble says everything she wanted to say, and she capped that with an incredibly good speech.  

  • MoHub

    The shoes notwithstanding, I’d give this a total WERQ.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    She looks wonderful, from her fingertips (!) to her toes.
    AbFab in not quite Red White and Blue.

  • Le_Sigh

    Loves it!  What a great all-eyes-on-me-I-have-the-floor dress.  

  • MrsAtaxxia

    And her nails were purple. SHE UNIFIED THE COUNTRY THROUGH HER MANICURE. There is nothing this woman cannot do. 

    • Was it purple? Cause it was looking a bit gray with a hint of blue to me. 

      Either way, it still looked great!

      • SassieCassy

        ya i saw grey-lavender

  • MoHub

    And don’t you just love that the shoes are from J. Crew?

  • pattyw

    So apparently I wasn’t the only one fixated on the nail polish. Gorgeous, unique color. I’d never noticed before what elegant, tapered fingers she has.

    Oh, and the speech was killer. 

  • Judy_J

    What a woman!  She looks strong, feminine, fit, fabulous!  Love the dress, and even the matchy shoes.  Great speech, too.

  • And that speech! Class, all the way.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    I liked that the heel was on the high side for her. She usually defaults to a kitten heel when POTUS is near. 
    Beautiful dress,yay for no belt, awesome periwinkle (?) nails and of course, a fantastic speech. Well-done!

  • Rand Ortega

    A WERQ! Flawless, head to toe, full stop. Her speech was incredible– moving, informative, inspiring. Very proud of my FLOTUS & my country.

  • Shelley FLO?  SHUT. IT. DOWN. 50 snaps!

  • MoHub

    And the key question here is: Could Ven Budhu dress the FLOTUS?

  • Sobaika


    Yes, really.

    • Tamara Hogan

       Yes really, squared. It is awesome.

      • I’m envious of her nails in general, but how does she garden with those? Even wearing gloves I always get all kinds of dirt and gunk underneath mine. I just have to keep them short and forget about polish.

        • 909girl601world

           I’m not an avid gardener by any stretch, but I run my nails over a bar of soap or in a tub a vaseline before I get in the dirt.  Washes right out when I’m done.  Easy peasy.

        • formerlyAnon

          In addition to the vaseline trick (which works), I have to submit that I’d be shocked if she has enough time to do a whole lotta gardening. If she *averages* 20-30 minutes a day – including photo ops – I’d be amazed, unless it is slotted as part of the ‘family time’ that she reserves for the girls. (Yeah, I remember that kind of ‘family time’ – weeding every night after dinner with the moms. Hated it.)

    • schadenfreudelicious

      read on a couple links that it may be Nars “Galion”, its a guaranteed sell-out whatever it is 🙂

      • Sobaika

        NO WAY. Galion is way too dark. I was thinking Essie’s Boxer Shorts but things photograph and appear on screen differently than in real life, so I would like some confirmation.

        • It could also be a layering of 2 or more different colors. We may never know!

    • kaycem

      i’ve replied to someone else already, and i don’t want to clog up comments saying the same thing over and over, but i can’t resist b/c i love this color too…  i posted a comment with a list of similar nail colors, and of them, i think zoya’s “caitlin” is closest to the flotus’ here.  not an exact match, but pretty close.

      (shutting up about the nail polish now, lol!)

    • SapphoPoet

      You might want to check out this blog


      for nailpolish details. There’s a post on what she wore, with a comment saying more details to come, so perhaps nailpolish info will be part of the details. 

  • What a great outfit.  I’m trying to figure out the construction.  Is it gored/panels on the top and a flared circular border on the bottom that was attached or part of the panels of fabric?  

    Matching shoes were perfect, pink but Suede, which mean just the right contrast with the shiny pink of the dress.

    • tallgirl1204

      Looks like the bottom/border is a single piece of fabric (with maybe side seams).  Somehow sewn without puckers to the bottom of the pink scallops.  Way beyond my sewing skills. 

  • gabbilevy

    She killed it, head to toe to fingertip and every word that came out of her mouth. Everything she did last night was pitch perfect. What an exceptionally gorgeous dress–worn by an extraordinary woman.

  • MilaXX

    Shelly put it DOWN! last night.

    BTW if you take request, Claire Danes deserves a WERQ for her pregnancy realness on David Letterman last night. She looked awesome. Who knew that it took getting pregnant t to remove that stick up her butt look?

  • BrooklynBomber

    The dress has some issues, but I thought she looked absolutely beautiful at the podium. 

  • She looked great and her speech was a knock out, almost made me feel like it was 2008 all over again.  

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Freakin’ fabulous.

  • L.

    LOVE that she is sans jewelry but for the earrings.  LOVE the buff arms.  LOVE her!

  • nannypoo

    She looked gorgeous. And in her defense about the matchy shoes, I think she wisely realized that not all viewers of her speech would be as astute as the bitter kittens, and would say “why the hell doesn’t she wear some lovely matchy pink shoes?”. She’s playing to a wide audience at this event, and I think she nailed it from head to toe. Oh, and the speech was good, too.

    • That’s very true!

  • bitterk

    I stand in awe of this woman.  She was glowing last night.  The colors on her are perfect and her makeup was flawless.  

  • Tamara Hogan

    I must admit that THAT! NAIL! POLISH! was the first thing I noticed. If someone finds out what brand/color she’s wearing, please report back.

    • kaycem

      i posted a comment with a list of colors similar to the flotus’…  i think zoya’s “caitlin” is closest, though i obviously have no idea what the flotus is wearing.  caitlin has been a go-to color for me since it was released last year b/c it’s a cool color that looks good on a variety of skin tones (i have trouble wearing some cool neutrals so when i find one that works, i use it to death lol).

      • Tamara Hogan

        Thanks for the update. I love Zoya polish. It’s one of the few polish brands I’ve found where the color of the polish in the bottle is the same brightness and opaqueness once it reaches your nails. It’s not some pale, washed-out facsimile.


        • kaycem

          glad i could help.  🙂  zoya is one of my favorite brands as well, and for that exact reason (and that their polishes have staying power on even natural nails).  essie and ulta’s store brand are two other go-tos when i want good pigmentation for a reasonable price.  i think m.a.c. is probably the most expensive brand i’ll buy — mainly because rougemarie is the red i swear by — but i don’t see the point in buying chanel or ysl (or whatever) when other, cheaper brands are often better.

  • Anathema_Device

    I love this dress on her. I especially like that she doesn’t resort to the standard piolitician’s-wife suit. Her speech knocked me out: passionate with a laser-like focus.

  • Well, I happened to like the nail polish… 

  • mjude


  • PastryGoddess

    Loved Shelly O’s look last night.  Take that Ann Romney!

    And I love the fact that she is wearing high heels. She usually wears kitten or 2 inch heels, so you know she means business when she’s straps on the high heels.

    • SassieCassy

      i wish TLO talked about ann choosing de la renta for her speech. talk about sending a message through your clothes!!!!!!

  • I LOVE this look on her – I don’t even mind the matchy-match pumps!  She looks stunning, the dress fits her perfectly, and the colors are gorgeous on her.  Well done, FLOTUS!

  • alyce1213

    Walks on water.

  • AllisonAndStuff

    This may be an obvious thing to say about the shoes, but the matchiness of the shoes is so far outweighed by the fact that they’re J. Crew that it doesn’t even register. Dear Anne Romney, Nice dress, but I’m hotter, and I have on affordable shoes, because AMERICA. Love, Michelle.

  • belfebe

    She’s WERQUING the s**t out of that outfit.  I luv our FLOTUS!

  • I love her.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I have to bitch about the fullness at the bottom of the dress. It’s a beautiful dress for sure and from the waist up she looks gorgeous, but it would have looked so much more flattering if it were a bit more fitted in the skirt.

    Still, the color is amazing on her (I have envied her ability to wear color from the first time I laid eyes on her. She looks positively radiant in EVERY color in the rainbow!), her skin is glowing, her hair and makeup are flawless and she’s showing off the guns. Oddly enough, the pink shoes (!) aren’t bothering me here. Maybe I need another cup of coffee.

    •  I agree – I would have preferred a more structured skirt. As it is, the balance between the neckline and the skirt is a bit off — the neckline isn’t enough to balance the fullness of the skirt. But she still looks amazing, and I can see – for political reasons – why she wouldn’t have wanted to wear a more structured skirt. The neckline was also fantastic when she was standing behind the lectern.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Forgot to add – the experts they quoted on Gothamist this morning regarding this dress were none other than our own Tom and Lorenzo
    (http://gothamist.com/2012/09/05/michelle_obama_being_president_does.php )

  • GorgeousThings

    You know, I would normally agree with you about the matchy matchy shoes, but I think they were chosen precisely to match, so she seems more like “one of us”.

    She looks great, and I may just pop by J Crew at lunch to see what other colors they have those pumps in for wearing to the shows on Friday (!!!)

    •  Also the suede texture of the shoes provides a nice contrast to the silk dress, making the feeling less matchy imo.

  • Barbie matching is sort of a thing for political wives — much like royalty, it’s best to stay “safe” than risk failing at interesting.

  • melanie0866

    Modern, yet traditional.  I’ve noticed that ever since the 2008 campaign, Michelle favors dresses that have a little New Look 50’s vibe to them – a little Jackie O, a little Betty Draper.  It makes her look more like a political wife, and less like a powerful lawyer, which would be threatening.  You’ll never see her in a suit.  I think it’s smart of her, and I usually love what she wears – but the subtext is interesting.

    • AthenaJ

      Yeah, I think the Dems learned from the backlash that Hillary got… apparently some people haven’t realized the fact that women do wear pants now and can have political power (*shock!!*)

    •  Yes definitely – completely agree with you… But I do think Michelle strikes a balance with many of her outfits, in terms of making that shape more contemporary and less structured. The athletic neckline and armholes on the Reese dress, combined with the fact that the dress is sleeveless, serves that purpose here to give a different spin to the new look shape.

      Anne Romney’s outfit at the RNC sent an even stronger message, with the red 50s new look shape, slightly winged eyeliner, and matching red lip and nails.

    • Glammie

      And yet the pink soft silhouette is balanced by the powerful cut arms and shoulders.  She’s never demure.  Same thing with the speech delivery–parts that could have been sweet or pathetic–Obama’s dress shoes, the hole in car–were delivered in a wry, humorous way.  She’s got a narrow, narrow path to trod and she does it.

  • Arnt you gonna tell us the nail color? 🙂

  • kaycem

    for those who want similar colors to shelley’s nails, i don’t know the exact one she used, but here are some great grey-ish neutrals to try:
    — zoya “caitlin” (grey w/ a slight purple undertone — i think this is closest to shelley’s actual polish)
    — sally hansen “mosaic”
    — zoya “marina” (this is a shimmer; shelley’s is flat)
    — rbl “concrete jungle”
    — essie “chinchilly”
    — gosh “miss grey”

    • According to Fashionista, it’s a gel polish called “Vogue” by Artistic Colour Gloss. But apparently it’s similar enough to an OPI color called “I Don’t Give a Rotterdam” to make them send out hopeful press releases saying it might be theirs (which is good news for anyone who wants the color but doesn’t like gels).

  • Wow. A “real woman” with real curves. And this is the type of woman that makes the PR designers break down in hives…and/or tears?

    • unbornfawn

      Yet that figure can make a good designer look amazing.

  • Good GOD she is striking.

  • CQAussie

    As soon as she walked out, I exclaimed “LOVE THE DRESS!” and craned to see the shoes.  Alas, disappointed that they were match-y but I forgive you, Shelly O!!!  * Starbursts*   LOL

  • SquareMaire

    Love her.  Those are “STFU and listen to me” arms!

    • AthenaJ

      Yes! Much as I like her husband, I kinda wish Michelle was president. Vladimir Putin would be falling all over himself at the sight of those toned arms! I mean, really, the guy posed in the water with his shirt off like freaking James Bond. I’ll bet he’d give much respect to Shelly’s guns 🙂

      • “Mee-shell! Mee-shell! I stand on galloping horse, without shirt! This impresses you, da? Nyet?  Then I wrestle tiger for you! Also without shirt! Nyet?” until he finally frees Pussy Riot just to get her to smile.

        • AthenaJ

          I’m seeing it now… a new era of Russian-American peace – ushered in by Michelle Obama’s workout routine 🙂

  • BazoDee

    The matching shoes and dress are fine for a few reasons:
    a) The blue layer between the pinks helps take the edge off
    b) this is the DNC -anything else would have been a fashion win and a political distraction -except for a taupe -but then you would have dinged her for a neutral shoe! 

    That being said – I was not in love with the fit of the dress by the arm holes. It seemed too tight and was initially distracting to me. 

    Has she gotten a new make-up person or foundation? In the past month or so her make-up has been elevated -flawless is the only word!! 

  • Zaftiguana

    The lines of that bodice are killer on her. 

  • Can you believe FoxNews called her fat??????   Seriously?  I think she looks freaking amazing and those shoulders.  WOW.

    • unbornfawn

      I guess there was nothing else to criticize? I guess they are just used to helmet headed, gaunt bleach blondes over there in Fox-land.

      • AthenaJ

        Plus at Fox News, its opposite day – every day.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks fantastic! I love that she is not wearing a belt. I don’t mind the shoes. 

  • mhleta

    Fierce as shit, Mrs. O. You are my superhero. 

  • Not crazy for that neckline with the shape of the dress (it gives her a very accentuated pear-shape), but DAMN, she does look powerful and feminine.

  • DAMN, our first lady is hott. She’s a good speech-ifier too. 

  • The gays that styled her should be knighted, if we did that sort of thing.  Why dont we do that sort of thing?  I am pretty sure that all gays are permitted to knight one person on Freddie Mercury’s birthday. 

  • Susan Crawford

    One word, and one alone will suffice: PERFECTION.

  • Beardslee

    That pink is a great color on her.  The way the armholes are cut wouldn’t be everybody’s friends but as usual she looks great.  She knows how to wear clothes, that’s for sure – even when her clothes aren’t quite right.

  • Lilak

    Oh swoooon!

    What made the shoes for me was (1) their delicious color and (2) the fact that they were suede: so the color looked ‘saturated,’ much better than shiny, which *would* have made them appear too matchy, even a little brassy.  And would also have interfered with the subtle glow of the brocade. 

    Also … love that nail polish on a First Lady!  

    The only teeny-tiny thing that occasionally distracted me was the pointy little hair horn on the right side of her ‘do.  

    But the main takeaway for me is, she doesn’t look anything like a Realtor whose photo you see on a bus stop bench — as so many political ladies do, y’ know?  (tiny cough)  

  • EEKstl

    When she walked out last night my first thought was WERQ!  My second thought was TLo! My third thought was – BIG improvement, shoes-wise, better shape than usual and the suede vs. her usual leather takes it up a notch.  The matte finish works better with that bright color.  I really think she nailed it (and yes, I admired her mani as well).  

  • lifetime_student

    Our First Lady is breathtaking. She is beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and a helluva speaker. I, too, would have advised a different color shoe, but she still knocked it out of park.

  • ChristinaRi

    1.  I’m so happy she’s realized that she doesn’t have wear a belt around her ribcage to look good.  I hope she now realizes a princess cut is the best for her body and gives her a gorgeous shape.
    2.  Please take note Project Runway designers.   This is the way to dress a very pear shaped woman.  Body skimming in at the wasist and out for the lower body.   And also a pretty print goes a long way.

  • AthenaJ

    The material just adds to the elegance of that dress. Color and design are also perfect… So which vital organ do I need to sell to get a custom dress like that? Do I really need my liver?? 

  • Trisha26

    Not crazy about the racer-back-ish bodice and I don’t like the way all that seaming breaks up the pattern in the pink fabric. But overall it’s a modern look – and that’s saying a lot for a FLOTUS.

  • SapphoPoet

    Wow–love her interpretation of red, white, and blue. A fabulous dress and she looks wonderful. Knocked it out of the park. I didn’t get to see/hear the speech, but assume I can find it online.

  • guest2visits

    This was a terrific look for her; the dress looked custom – I guess cuz it was!  A great color/fabric too, hope to see it again.
    But I wonder if ‘custom’ means its only designed for one, and then retired, ?    Or does it just mean tailored to specifications ?

  • Khaleesi1031

    Interesting to note: I heard on the news that Ann Romney’s convention outfit cost in the ballpark of $4,000, while Shelly’s dress was around $400 something, plus $200 for the shoes.

  • I thought she looked just wonderful. And even I noticed her beautiful nail polish. I don’t do nails…ever…so that is saying something.

  • And most importantly, she didn’t f-it up with a non-sequitor belt or cardigan! Way to go, Mrs. Obama–world class.

  • I love that she floated in on it, like a true FLOTUS should do.  Float

  • Blondage

    I’m not a big fan of the first lady, but when she walked out, my jaw hit the floor. I thought she looked absolutely beautiful. Loved the dress, loved her hair, loved her make up. The shoes were meh, but didn’t bother me. Regardless of our differences in politics, she made me very proud last night.

  • Why didn’t you do a post when Ann Romney spoke to the other convention last week?

    • Because she’s not the First Lady.

      • Sobaika

        And has about zero influence from a style point of view. Republican or not, you can’t deny that Mrs. O has been making fashion waves since the 2008 campaign trail.

        •  Why would you assume that because I was asking about TLo’s selection of political ‘celebrities’ to cover that I was #1, a Republican or #2, criticizing their coverage of the First Lady?  Yes, I clearly recall plenty of coverage (in the news generally, not here at TLo, which I had not discovered back then) of the style of not only Mrs. Obama, but Mrs. McCain and, of course, Sarah Palin.   I enjoyed it all, the snark and the serious analysis alike.

          • Sobaika

            Relax bud. I didn’t assume or imply anything. It’s just the reason the First Lady has been regularly featured on this blog is because she has a fashionable take that others don’t – and that’s pretty much a fact regardless of anyone’s personal feelings on the First Lady or her husband. Same can be said for someone like Duchess Catherine. Other than those two I genuinely can’t recall any other political/social figures talked about here (correct me if I’m wrong).

            Although I did think it was a delicious little moment of snarkiness for whoever chose Ann Romney’s Oscar de la Renta.

      •  Okay, I’ll buy that.  I wasn’t being confrontational, just curious.  I’m a political junkie who finds the spectacle of the conventions and the campaign trail fascinating to observe.  I’d lap up posts on the suits worn by the candidates when making their speeches, the dresses worn by all the speakers at both conventions, not to mention the often hilarious garb worn by some convention-goers (the funny hats, the ‘patriotic’ clothing, the message t-shirts, etc.) 

        Jill Biden isn’t First Lady, either, but you’ve covered her.  Maybe that was just when she was in a photo with Mrs. Obama, though– I can’t recall.  And I guess if you cover a lot of political figures, you risk having the discussions turn to politics rather than fashion.  I was just wondering.

  • girliecue

    My heart leapt with joy the moment I saw this. The entire looks says, “I am a royal Amazon. But don’t be afraid! Unless you know you have reason to fear me.”

    Although I don’t always mind a matchy shoe (how’s that for neutral and noncommittal?), I would have passed out on the spot from sheer jubilation if our great FLOTUS had worn gold or silver shoes.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love the dress, love the fabric, even love the Barbie shoes.  And of course, LOVE FLOTUS!  Well, and POTUS too.  🙂

  • boomchicabowwow

    Shutting it down in baby pink blue.  LUV HUH!

  • KuriousKat

    I would guess that the pink, hair, light make up were all intended to promote a softer, accessible image. She looks amazing.

  • snich11

    She’s all shiny like a bodybuilder!

  • Flawless. Match away, FLOTUS Barbie!

  • Markatha

    She looks beautiful.  Head to toe!  Love her & him. 
    Also loved the pink suede shoes to match.  You go girl.

  • AngelaGreen

    “If you don’t want to vote for Barack, just pretend you’re voting for me!”  She looks frickin’ awesome.

  • Sarah Stuart

    The entire time she delivered her speech I kept thinking, “What nail polish is that?!”  Come on, T Lo, help a girl out!

  • Best she’s ever looked, hands down.  I LOVE that dress on her.  Add perfect hair and makeup and she hits one out of the park in triplicate.  That pink looked fabulous against her shin.  And it fitted to a fare thee well.  What a woman.  I’m proud to have her represent America.

  • Jennifer Cunningham

    Hi Tom and Lorenzo
    I love you and love reading your posts but I am upset about this. The tone of your comments to Nancy were overly aggressive and out of proportion to what she was saying. You seem to be inordinately upset. I don’t know why you thought it necessary to attack her in this way and even when she tried to quell the flames, you just kept going at her.
    From a long-time loyal reader

  • Am I the only one who thinks the narrow shoulders of the dress make her bottom half look really wide?? 

  • MsMajestyk

    She’s gorgeous. Love the dress, especially the color.  I’m guessing the true color is the hot pink and turquoise mixture in the third pic.  Also freaking impressed that she memorized that speech.  I do wish she’d let her eyebrows grow a bit.  I love me a strong brow and she has the face for it.

  • Sweetbetty

     And I don’t have any problem with the shoes matching the dress.  I just don’t get what the problem is with that.

  • Sweetbetty

     In one news item alone they described it as grey, silvery blue, and greige.  I guess there’s a problem coming to a consensus on the color.

  • A. Valera

    By the by, if it hasn’t been mentioned already, her nail polish was Artistic Colour Gloss Soak Off Color Gel in “Vogue.”

    • schadenfreudelicious

       just read that same confirmation, makes sense she would be using gel polish as she would not want to risk a chip… i am sure the stuff will be flying off the shelves!

      • MilaXX

         salon only

  • Sweetbetty

     Many years ago I read similar advice in regard to nude pumps.  They blend in with your leg and foot and make your dress the center of attention.  And now there’s nothing but scorn for them. 😉

  • ccm800

    talk about GUN CONTROL!  Girl is packing fire ARMS! FLOTUS with the MOSTUS!  

  • I agree with the comments regarding the neckline not being all that flattering.  Wish it was cut just a bit lower because it flattens her a bit.  But I do realize the need for modesty, considering she’s showing off the gams and arms and puritanical would have a heart attack if she showed a hint of cleavage.  Otherwise, it’s a great dress.  And the bottom is pretty exciting.  The shoes are what they need to be.

  • quiltrx

    Just gorgeous!  She looks like the strong, confident woman we know her to be.  Again I’m proud that she’s our FLOTUS!

  • I’ll bet it was prettier in person. Did you see those power arms! She was all I wanted to see, convention over.

  • pdquick

    I gave it the Gay Gasp, followed by some under-the-breath muttering about matchy-matchy shoes, along with the thought to just let it go because she looks fabulous.

  • Excellent choice on Gothamist’s part. I’m not going to lie; first thing I did this morning was load up this site  because I wanted to know what Uncle TLo had to say. 😀

  • nosniveling

    totally awesome!!

  • WERQ that DNC first lady shit!

  • muzan-e

    So apparently the nail polish was: 
    Artistic Color Gloss Soak-Off Gel in Vogue. 

    Not that I was obsessing. *coughs*

    • MilaXX

       yeah it’s that gel or is it shellac nail treatment. The one they sit you under the little UV lamp to set. That stuff us no joke. Regular nail polish remover won’t take it off.You have to go to the salon to get it removed, but the nails do not chip.

  • ybbed

    She is an amazing woman, wife, mother, she makes me so proud. Her awesomeness is beyond words.
    And the outfit? Incredible, I loved every bit of it, the color, the texture, the design, the fit, THE SHOES….everything. Perfect.

  • Her butt is too big and hips too wide for flares!  She also needs posture training!  But, at least she doesnt pimp like a dude when she walks anymore!