Michelle Obama Double Shot

Posted on January 21, 2013

It’s inauguration day here in the U.S., and as with all things, it gives us opportunity to judge people for their style choices. The big news of this inauguration has nothing to do with politics, of course. It’s all about Shelley’s hair.

No, really. You wouldn’t believe the number of messages we received in the last few days, all to the effect of “WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT SHELLEY’S HAIR?!?”

U.S President Barack Obama takes the oath of office as first lady Michelle Obama holds the bible in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama wears Reed Krakoff.

Let’s talk about the clothes first. It’s classic Shelley. A rich color, full skirt, kitten heels and a cardigan. Nothing too surprising here. This is a simple, relatively private moment, so we wouldn’t have expected her to go for anything showy. We would’ve liked to have seen a pop of color somewhere on her to break up all that blue, though. We’re resigned to her cardigans at this point, but is it too much for us to hope for an avoidance of matchiness?

Later, FLOTUS got her BAM moment:

U.S. President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, at the Inaugural Reception at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Michele Obama wears Michael Kors.

Again, it’s classic Shelley O. Michael Kors has always done right by her and it’s no different here. It’s a simple dress, but a high-impact one. Love all the arm jewelry, which really makes the look.

As for the hair, we’re courting controversy here, but we don’t quite love it. It’s possible we’ll get used to it over time, but we honestly think it’s not the most flattering cut for her face.

At any rate, we’ll be checking in on all FLOTUS outfits for the next day or two – and there should be many.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • Ms. Schmidt

      I don’t like her hair, either.  Those bangs are too heavy and too low over her eyes.

      • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

        Agreed.  I don’t think that cut favors her face.  I hope it’s temporary.

        • Robyn Garrett

          Yeah, I hate it. Her face is too strong for those bangs. I don’t blame a girl for wanting to try bangs out, but she needs something softer…

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            At least the bangs are already long so that if she (oh please!) decides to let them grow out that process won’t take too long.

      • SapphoPoet

        Yep. Hope she moves on to something else. 

        • ballerinawithagun

          Agree with all of the above, the bangs are too heavy. I wear bangs myself as my hair naturally grows forward and now it is bangs instead of botox also. I always have to re-cut them when I return home from the hairstylist. I’ve also made the mistake of telling them to go shorter which always seems to turn out looking as if I’ve escaped from the asylum. I like the basic idea better than her previous look, but it does need tweaking.  

      • SRQkitten

        Glad to hear I’m not alone in not lovin’ the First Lady’s new ‘do. The bangs are definitely heavy, it almost gives her hair the look of a wig. But the reason I dislike this hairdo the most is because Shelley O has a very animated face and them bangs kinda kill her expressiveness. The little bit of fringe she used to wear off her face was much more flattering IMO.

        On the other hand, a lady has a right to mix it up if she wants and if Shelley and her dh love the look (and he clearly adores whatever she does, lucky girl) then who are we to complain.

        Thanks TLo for covering the really important story of the day!

        srq

        • http://twitter.com/BattyMamzelle Cate Young

          Agree on all counts. I’d have liked to see her in sideswept bangs instead. Something that still different, but frames her face better.

      • miagain

        I agree… the bangs overwhelms her face.  

      • Cydney Williams

         Those bangs are perfect because they hide those witchy eyebrows of hers.  I’ve seen pics of her as a teen, and her eyebrows just seem to grow that way, but they make her face look hard and angry when she is not smiling.  The bangs soften her face.

        • http://www.alisarivera.com/ Alisa Rivera

          Agree on the eyebrows, but I don’t like how heavy the bangs look. Good idea, not-so-good execution.

    • A. W.

      Is it disrespectful to have a butt moment with the FLOTUS? Aw, to hell with it. Her butt looks AMAZING!

      • xmixiex

        I noticed it too, don’t feel bad

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I totally love the second look.  That sequined number is great.  As for Shelly’s bangs, I think they are just THAT much too long.  I don’t want anything to hide her beautiful face.
      (can’t wait to see the gown for the Ball)

      • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

        In the swearing-in pics, the bangs somehow make her look girlish in a way that diminishes her a little bit.  I mean, granted, she is of secondary importance at the event and the man she’s glancing up at is becoming the President of the United States, but the thing I’ve always liked about her is that she hasn’t seemed ever to hide behind him.  I am willing to accept the criticism that I am reading way too much into a couple of photographs.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           I would have to agree. The bangs are just a little kittenish for her.  She is such a strong, confdent person, it seems counter to her.

        • formerlyAnon

          I agree with the visual impression, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. It can be the visual softener for a bold or acerbic message. Talk about reading too much into things! but I like to think she may use the second term to speak her mind a bit more bluntly and it’s never a bad thing to go into a conversation in which one has an agenda if others are unconsciously underestimating one. 

        • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

          Subconscious decision maybe?  Because honestly, that hair goes with a pink Josh-style tank top, daisy dukes, a pair of chucks, and a skateboard.  And maybe one of her (understandably) beloved cardigans.  But that is some mid-70s little girl hair for a grown woman.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      A colour in the cardigan would have been nice – contrast piping on the placket and hem or some sparkly buttons. I agree, this is not her best hair, but oh the Michael Kors! Perfection.

    • http://twitter.com/Alyssa_T_Robot Alyssa T. Robot

      i love the girls dresses, so cute! little sasha really punches up the oval office.

      • SRQkitten

        I think Ms. Sasha is going to be the fashionista of the two girls. She’s just adorable in most of what she wears – and it looks like she’s starting to inch up as well.

        srq

        • libraangel

          Not sure, but I think I saw Sasha picking off the lint while Dad was talking at the inauguration, so she must be concerned with her clothes. Poor kids- it must have boring (thrilling, but boring) to sit there for such a long time for all those speeches. But I bet they liked Kelly Clarkson!

          • libraangel

            p.s. Nothing to do with clothes, but when I saw James Taylor singing with a suit and tie on, I went back to 1971 when we were all kinda boho/scruppy potheads and protesting the war. How times have changed! I NEVER  in the 1970’s would have expected Sweet Baby James to look so conservative! As a matter of fact, in the 70’s, I have would have added that he was selling out!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/47S737MGWCAZEZ73QOAFKDFEKQ Jill

      Oh my…she looks so much better with her hair up..not a fan

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1061822198 Marc Naimark

      I assumed everyone was counting on you to say how much you hated the hair. I do. HORRIBLE. Very unflattering. 

    • Anna Vasquez

      I didn’t love the hair until I decided she was doing First Lady Drag. She’s playing a character, and the bangs are part of it.

      That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

    • xmixiex

      Agreed on not being crazy about the hair.  it makes her face look sort of round and full, which it really isn’t.

      • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

        Somehow the bangs over-emphasize her cheekbones and that throws her face out of balance a little.

      • vandeventer

         Yeah the bangs (booms?) somehow seem to change the whole shape of her face.  She’s got an attractive face with a great wrinkle-free forehead, so why cover it up?

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

      Don’t like the haircut either. Not to sound too much like Mama Robinson, but it “covers up her pretty face”! Seriously, though, it makes her seem too closed off. The best looks she’s had over the last four years seem to have included hair that was swept back off her face.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1223790591 Ben Blotner

      I for one really enjoy this new hairstlye for lady obama. I mean have you met her forehead? it’s made for bangs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aldona-Dye/216300255 Aldona Dye

      The bangs make her look a lot younger, and not really in a good way.  I want my FLOTUS looking like the BAMF she is, not a hipster schoolgirl.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TKDXVTMLWCQFP7SXTE6KN5J55Q Jennifer Bunker

         I also love the hair. She looks much younger (not that she looked old, she didn’t). This style seems less tortured and glued. LOVE IT.

    • gloriana232

      Love the bangs. I kind of have a personal peeve about public commentary on a woman’s hair … the practise has just got so much historical and cultural baggage. As long as it’s clean, I don’t really care, and I love to encourage women to experiment and change up a part of their body that other people (strangers, partners, family) can be SO weirdly possessive of, especially considering it’s a part of her body. As a plus, I think it looks fab. 

    • alyce1213

      The bangs are a bit heavy.

      Watching her this a.m. in Thom Browne.  GORGEOUS!  (THOM BROWNE??????)

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah. She’s slammin’ it.

    • http://twitter.com/MinaBinaXina MinaBinaXina

      I do think her bangs need a trim, but other than that I LOVE her hair.

    • quiltrx

      I’m not wild about the bangs compared to her previous ‘do, but they’re not that bad, just a little long/thick IMO.  It is a little bit more youthful-looking.  I’m sure I’ll like them better when she does something other than brushing them straight down. (they look better at the reception than at the swearing-in.)

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

      I have yet to find a pair of well executed booms. Her face is entirely too pretty to have that shit on it.

      Otherwise classic FLOTUS. Always a pleasure. 

    • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl

      I like the hair, but I think the bangs should be a bit lighter or a little more sideswept. She doesn’t have the big forehead (like mine) to support heavy bangs. The sparkly dress? LOVE.

    • pattyw

      Oh, FLOTUS, have you learned nothing from Jessica Biel? I love Michelle in side swept bangs, but this retro ’70s fringe look is not her friend.

    • http://twitter.com/SillyGrrlJen Silly Grrl

      I think if the rest of the hair weren’t as heavy, that bang might work on her. 

    • bookish

      I was hoping for a word or two about Sasha and Malia’s dresses. I wouldn’t want anyone to say anything critical of two young people like them, but in this case they both looked amazing. :) I will admit, the bangs were the first thing I noticed on seeing photos of the swearing in ceremony. I’m not liking them now, but I also think it’s mostly because I’m not used to them. They make her look a lot younger.

      • Stubenville

        I agree that they looked cute and age appropriate. And IMHO a compliment is fine, but it’s not fair game to subject what they’re wearing to critique. (And Malia is almost as tall as FLOTUS!)

    • Stubenville

      Not loving the helmet hair, but looking forward to her looking amazing through the day and evening today. She’s an actual ambassador for the fashion industry without extorting “borrowing” dresses like Nancy Reagan.

      • CassandraMortmain

        Oh come now.  Of course she “borrows” dresses. Exactly like Nancy Reagan.  She is an ambassador for the fashion industry and designers are eager to dress her but let’s not misrepresent things.

        • Stubenville

          The issue with Nancy is that she didn’t seem to understand the difference between borrow and keep. And she was allegedly quite peeved when told that the dresses had to go the Smithsonian or be returned to the designer. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1266410766 Phyllis Craine

      I wish she could go natural with her hair

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        That would be awesome. Would love to see her rock an Angela Davis.

        • e jerry powell

           Angela Davis isn’t rocking an Angela Davis anymore.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

            No, I know. But I was referring to her iconic hairstyle of the past.

      • libraangel

        And also Malia’s hair _ does she get hers straightened? (she’s only 14!)

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      I am with you on the hair, it is overwhelming her face.  I know most women get the itch to change hairstyles every once in a while but I really fault whoever worked with her on this.  her original cut/style was so flattering, and this one clearly isn’t.  In other news, I adore the evening look Michael Kors outfit.  A WERQ for sure!

    • Fordzo

      My sister is convinced she had a Botox blip and had to get bangs to cover it up.

      It always takes a while for me to get used to bangs on anyone.  They suddenly seem to have only half a face.  

    • http://twitter.com/phd_tv Heather B.

      I am having trouble remembering what her hair looked like before. That being said, I’m not crazy about the new style either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=790818401 Laurie Landry

      Not diggin’ the bangs on Bams! Too heavy! She looked fresher with out them.

    • jw_ny

      I’m not loving the her bangs either.  They’re too heavy, enclose her face too much, and weigh her face down. 

      I like each of the outfits here.  She’s going for dark colors.  Is the Kors dress blue or black…I can’t quite tell but it looks blue to me.  Anyway, it’s lovely and perfect on her.  This morning she’s again in a dark blueish grey Thom Browne coat, which is beautiful, but again with the dark.  I hope she switches it up tonight with another color!

      • jw_ny

        oh Shelly…why did you have to add the silver belt to that beautiful coat for the swearing in ceremony?  why? ! ugh…sometimes she exasperates me…

        • Reneesance

           I dunno I thought for once her belt addiction paid off, gave the coat a bit of pop and defined her waist without making her look high waisted, as is often the case when she wears them with skirts.

    • jw_ny

      re her bangs…It might be difficult for her to move away from them now with all the media fuss and the President commenting publicly on them.

    • CassandraMortmain

      I think the bangs are unflattering and make her look much too young, and not in a good way.  The style diminishes her somehow.

      The Obama women sure do like to go sleeveless in the middle of winter – the youngest daughter is doing it now.  They must have the heat set at about 80 in the white house.

      • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

         I’m with you on the sleeveless thing.  What’s up with that?  Even 40 degree temps outside mean the furnace has to be on inside the house, no matter whose house we’re talking about! How do they manage not to have goosebumps in every single picture?

        • zuzu

           If I had guns like hers, I’d never wear sleeves.

          My personal theory about her sleevelessness, though, is that she’s quite tall and grew up without much money.  Which means she probably never had a sleeve the proper length for more than half her life, so she defaulted to sleeveless as much as possible because that avoids the whole sleeve-length issue.

      • alyce1213

        Hence, the cardigans.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        I’ve heard that they do keep the heat cranked, b/c Obama is from Hawai’i and has never learned to tolerate cold, even after living in chilly Chicago.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      Love ‘em.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNWEFT2SVBX5T3NPMROQCT4U2U jennyv

      I like the bangs. The soften her face and make her look younger, which is never a bad thing!

    • Judy_J

      I’ve worn bangs all my life, so I’m inclined to like this hairstyle. It’s a different look for Mrs. Obama, and I think she looks lovely.

    • Miranda Loeber

      I get what she’s (probably) doing with the all-blue, though – notice the surroundings. The room’s blue, his tie’s blue, Shelly and Malia are both in all blue. Tied into their surroundings. They’re saying, subtly, “We belong here.” When he’s not necessarily on the firmest ground, it’s important to emphasize to the public that he is the one who belongs in the White House.

      Or maybe I’m just too much of a costume nerd.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TD3V5M36HNO6PDJVQRAM5JLO6I Mary Ann

      I thought she was wearing a wig first time I saw the bangs.

      • Laylalola

        I thought it was too — are we sure it isn’t? 

    • Annabelle Archer

      I don’t love it either, though I rarely think there’s much cause for all the calls of BANGS TRAUMA that most celebs get pegged with.
      It looked cuter the very first day, when it had that fresh from the salon shag feel to it.  Now that she’s doing it herself (assumption) it’s a falling a little flat.  Either way, a gal is allowed to experiment with her locks, even if she is the Mrs. President. 

    • http://twitter.com/MarfMom Maya

      i’m not a huge fan of the cut, but it’s not terrible. it’s kind of a kerry washington cut, but it suits kerry better.

    • Christy Cricow

      I think I love the haircut. Give it time…..we are all so used to seeing her, and a dramatically new cut is gonna take time to get used to. The bangs are young and cute–too heavy for most women, but she has strong features that can handle them. Love her, and love them!
       

    • mhleta

      I agree, the blue on blue needs a pop of some kind, pearls, a gold pin, or maybe slightly contrasting buttons. The dress has some texture to it, which is necessary if you’re going monochromatic, but this color sucks light, so it needs something to bounce a little brightness. I also agree about the hair. It’s decent enough, but she’s had more flattering looks. If the bangs were swept to the side or had a bit of layering to give a little height and softness, it would be better. 

    • Veronica1022

      I think the bangs could work if she had much longer hair and was having a Cher moment.  Otherwise, its really Minivan Mom (as a Minivan Mom with the EXACT same haircut)

    • Judy_S

      I really don’t like the hair at all. I saw it and thought, well, she had to have a new do for the big occasion but it will go away….
      I like the swearing-in outfit though. I think it’s entirely appropriate to avoid “pops” of anything–she is not the star of the show here, and it looks to me as if everyone dressed in such a way as to set off their surroundings instead of compete with them.

    • kategs

      I love her new do!  Frames her face nicely and it’s soft.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think the cut makes her face a little bit fuller. She looks young enough that I like it, it takes her to a place I’d call “more cute.” And it frames her eyes beautifully.

      I think that a lot of women hang onto this cut for too long as they age (in part to hide wrinkles) and it just becomes too heavy. 

      I desperately love all the bracelets with the Kors dress.

    • kmiller1k

      She looks like Jessica Timberlake née Biel with the bangs. Not a fan

    • afabulous50

      I think you’re all nuts…I love her hair!

    • Valerie Jones

      I don’t think the bangs are the problem – it’s the back. It would be nice if it were shorter, more angled and stacked a bit in the back.  If the cut followed her jawline it would frame and highlight her face with a more flattering shape, and appear to lengthen her neck, especially with those crewnecks she favors.  The bangs solve the fivehead and eyebrow criticisms she gets, and show off her pretty eyes.  I’m hoping we’ll see up-dos with her gowns, achieving a similar effect.

    • MilaXX

      I was on the fence about the bangs until I saw a picture of Shelly with her hair blown out in what looks like a razor cut instead of curled as it is here. That sold me. It looked very hip & fashion-y.
      Anyway,  the first family looks great.

      • formerlyAnon

        Totally agree.

      • LLuL

        I was just scrolling through comments getting ready to say the problem isn’t the bangs, it’s the rest of the hair. I like bangs on her, but I’m def. glad to hear this curled under look isn’t the only option.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      What I love is the amount of press ShelleyO has managed to generate just by whacking off a few inches of hair in the front. Screw the debt ceiling, we say!!  Let’s talk about bangs!

      • formerlyAnon

        That’s America for you. (Maybe human nature?) Endless tangent: is it the media, or the media consumers (that is, US) who are most to blame?

        • IMNAngryLiberal

          Probably a bit of both.  I don’t feel like I understand enough about the debt ceiling issues to have a firm opinion on them, but hair … I have all kinds of opinions on hair!  As for the media, lets just say that is takes a slightly higher level (as in brighter) reporter to discuss the debt ceiling. 

          • libraangel

            And actually Michelle is not the one to vote on the debt ceiling/

    • pookiesmom

      She is the dictionary definition of proud in those first few shots. I can’t even pretend to notice what she’s wearing, given that beautiful look of adoration on her face. Heartwarming isn’t strong enough to describe it, but it’s a start.

    • Call me Bee

      Love the MK dress.  And I relaly like her new hairdo.  But my gosh–the local news people talked about them for days!  Sheesh. 
      Anyway, the bangs make her look young and fresh.  Better than botox!   

      • l_c_ann

        On anyone else we might be saying that the bangs are hiding a bad botox job. 

    • glennethph

      The hair’s veering into helmet territory.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      I like the bangs and even the FLOTUS has the right to change up her hair if she wants to.  I would like them even better if they were feathered just a bit more to make them look fringe-y.

    • http://www.alisarivera.com/ Alisa Rivera

      I’m not a fan of these particular bangs, but I thought her old hairstyle was too harsh, especially since she over-tweezes her eyebrows. Softer, side-swept bangs with longer, more layered hair would probably work. 

    • ccm800

      I think the matchiness was super appropriate for the moment which is really the only important thing in the room and everything else should recede. having said that -t he whole scene felt very modern Baroque in that it was like everything is presented as part of a whole: the textiles, the clothing the colors, that package deal – the term escapes me.

    • l_c_ann

      I may be the only one here who vaguely remembers hearing her Mother and Grandmother go on about Mamie Eisenhower’s bangs, which were hated by all who saw them.They were short and looked to have been held in place with Brylcream. 

      They didn’t flatter Mrs. Eisenhower at all.  But when I saw FLOTUS’s  my first thought was that they were going to irritate her eyes, then a Jessica Beal reference, and then memories of the 50’s and listening to the Ladies talk about Mrs. Eisenhower’s hair, which to a pre teen was interesting because haircuts weren’t that big a deal back then (see Bess Truman hair.)

    • ellabob

      I think the new “do” is fresh and stylish… love that she is trying something new ..

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      I love her in bobs, but the bangs aren’t doing it for me.

    • SophieCollier

      You know, I think if she just tucked some hair behind her ears so that her face isn’t boxed in like that, it’d be cute.  

    • Nancy Dunn

      Now that the election is over and her hair won’t lose the election for Obama, I would love to see her with her natural hair. I know it’s a personal choice, but I hate that so many black women may feel pressure to have “whiter” hair. I know, many choose that, and I have nothing to say about those that choose freely, but I would bet many African American women feel they have to do certain things to themselves, especially when they are professionals, as Michelle Obama has always been. It is the same thing as how many women feel we need to be thin to bebeautiful. Outside pressures defining how we are supposed to look. I am 51, and getting tired of it.

      • SRQkitten

        AMEN sister! Maybe once they get outta the house, Shelley can go natural – would think she’d wear it well. Sad statement that we’re not in a place where she could do that while her dh is running for office. As a fifty something, I too am WAY over these outside pressures and how it shapes our views of ourselves and others.

        srq

    • http://twitter.com/chylde chylde

      Pretty hair. She’s got the Kerry Washington vibe going on. 

    • unbornfawn

      Love how she looks from the neck down. Both dresses suit her, and am very happy to see there are no belts. I especially love the black dress. I’m in the don’t like the hair camp. I think it ages her.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Shelley loves her bracelets.  And so do I.

    • BrooklynBomber

      NOT happy about the hair. Frankly, when they showed her walking down the hall, I didn’t even think it was her. But it started with Jill Biden. Ditch the bangs, Dr. B!! And then the next thing, there’s Shelly O! What gives with the bangs, oh,  grown up women????

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I recently joined the ‘bangs instead of botox’ club, but I kinda don’t love it because it makes hair look a bit wiggy.  Happy to give it a chance and see if I get used to it though, because change is fun.

      She still looks amazing, though.

    • e jerry powell

      FLOTUS got some junk in her Kors-clad trunk!

      YOU GO, GIRL!

    • Targettaste

      Short bangs = “escaped from the asylum”  Thanks for this, Ballerina.

    • zuzu

      To bring in the non-Obama in the room up there, can I just say how glad I am that Chief Justice Roberts ditched those silly Gilbert-and-Sullivan-inspired yellow stripes on the Chief Justice robe that Rehnquist added? 

      I may not agree with him on much, but I can get fully behind that.

    • Imasewsure

      Agreed about the hair. Not loving it but it’s ok.. love that BAM dress!

    • http://twitter.com/BattyMamzelle Cate Young

      THANK YOU!!!! I don’t HATE the hair, but it makes me semi-cringe a bit. It just isn’t as striking and obviously gorgeous as I’m accustomed to seeing her.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NMBNSFONE2PBID2B66G6NXV2IM gentille

        I have never seen her more polished and beautiful! The hair is fabulous!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      I kinda like the “do.”

    • SorayaS

      Those are some flat-out BOOMS! Not a great look. The clothes are just fabulous though and she looks so sweet and proud when he’s swearing in.

    • editrixie

      Ooooohhhh, I don’t like ‘em. They overpower her wonderful face.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Agree with all. The hair is a no.

    • CeeQ

      I’m not loving the hair either =( 

    • PaulaBerman

      The haircut is too severe for her face. I like a softer look on her. This one could veer into helmet hair territory if she’s not careful.

    • http://twitter.com/WholeLottaJulie Julie Elder

      The bangs have turned her into Cicely Tyson.

    • Trisha26

      Don’t like the bangs/booms at all. I can understand wanting a change but this was not the way to go. Am I the only one who isn’t crazy about the Kors’ dress? Hate staid and conventional but sequins, booms and arm blingage just seem inappropriate for “inaugural reception.”

    • libraangel

      Love the bangs, Love the Kors, Love the blue cardigan dress. And Dr. Biden looks good too!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NMBNSFONE2PBID2B66G6NXV2IM gentille

        You are absolutely right! I  LOVE  the bangs–sooo chic!  So young looking! Mrs. Obama never looked better.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I really like the Michael Kors on Mrs. Obama. The bangs? I’m not sure that’s really a flattering look for her.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      I absolutely love her hair (and I think it makes her look younger) but I’m wondering if she’ll keep it long. She is very much a working person and it’s hard for a working person to have bangs that hang in their eyes.

      –GothamTomato

    • DesertDweller79

      Woo1 I love that sequined Michael Kors dress on her.  She looks fabulous.  Not so sure I love the new hair.  It makes her look a little too girlish, I think.  But, I guess it is fun to see something new.  It is just hair.  She can always grow it out.  (My hairstylist loves my attitude on hair, LOL)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      Everybody is wearing really dark shades of blue. Does this mean the administration will be pursuing a no-holds barred liberal agenda for the upcoming term? 

      • BrooklynBomber

        Let’s hope so. 

    • bertkeeter

      She has too round a face to totally frame it with hair. One ear needs to show…at least!

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I love the hair. But then, I have never been an Anti-Bangite like so many.

    • Anathema_Device

      I think she looks better with a side part. But I don’t hate this hair style; it just isn’t my fave.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I remember pictures of those Eisenhower bangs. They’re frightening! So extremel girlish they look bizarre on a mature face. (Not to mention the pre-Leia sidebuns!)  Also: Brylcream! haha. Does it still exist?

    • KQ67

      I’m torn. In some pictures I like her hair, it’s so unexpected on her. In others though, it’s too…I don’t know, bowl cut bangs.

    • twocee

      I hate the bangs.  Love that Michael Kors dress though.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3GV4YXHQHVGRTDD7VJOIVPIBPY b

      The bangs make her forehead recede, which emphasizes her worst feature, her mouth under-bite.  Any competent hairdresser should have seen this beforehand.  It is so obvious, but it probably is unpolitic to talk about her weakest feature.

      Additionally, her previous sophisticated look served her very well, making her look equal to her husband.  The bangs make her look like a submissive little girl, which I abhor.  Her strength as First Lady has been diminished.

      We will probably see many people copying the bangs and have to put up with women’s hair stuck to their eye makeup as they blink.  It must take a lot of Botox to not notice this.

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      I actually love the hair.  It drops years off her age, and is sexy as hell.  I love how her fashion sense has evolved over the years as well.  Jewel tones suit her to a ‘T’.  I agree with avoiding the whole matchy, matchy thing though.  That deep blue is gorgeous next to her skin – but it could have used some lightening up – especially around her lovely face.

    • libraangel

      Maybe just a tad too many bracelets for the evening wear.