Michelle Obama FLOTUS Fashion Double Shot

Posted on February 12, 2014

Who’s in the mood for some FLOTUS coat porn? Why, you are, darling.



First Lady Michelle Obama arrives to greet French President Francois Hollande during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC in a Thom Browne coat.

BAM. There you go. Coats don’t get much pornier than that. Not much else to say, since that gorgeous coat is doing all the talking. Love the boots. 

We’re not a hundred percent on this next one, though:

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande during an official State Visit on the North Portico of the White House February in Washington, DC in a Carolina Herrera gown.

It’s beautiful and dramatic and the color looks great on her. Plus her hair and makeup are gorgeous. It’s just that the look is so very… First Lady, y’know? Very standard. Barbara Bush could’ve worn this. We don’t hate it or anything, but we’d never place it among the more memorable looks she’s worn in the last 6 years.




[Photo Credit: Alex Wong, Chip Somodevilla, Mark Wilson/, Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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  • nannypoo

    I love both of these looks. The blue skirt is a little bulky, and I’m having a bit of a snicker over the shadowy boob groping in the red coat, but really there has never been and never will be a more fabulous FLOTUS.

    • StellaZafella

      I still remember Jackie Kennedy.

      • queeniethebold

        Me, too. Thank you!

        The red coat is absolutely spectacular. Perfection.

      • Carolyne

        I’d say “There has never been and never will be a more fabulous FLOTUS, except maybe for Jackie Kennedy!”

        • Jackie4g

          Hear hear!

      • SierraDelta

        JBK was the defining FLOTUS of the 20th century — chic, elegant, intellectual, sophisticated, worldly, aware of her place in history. I think she embodied the old fashioned idea of an upper class woman whose life and lifestyle were seen as inspirational and aspirational, even if they were unattainable for most of us. What made her human, in a way that resonated with us, was her complete devotion to her children and their well-being.

        MO is personalizing the role for the 21st century. She brings intelligence; sophistication; belief in community and service to others; and awareness of her unique place in history. She’s our Everywoman, our proof that there’s a bigger life to be had if you’re willing to work hard for it. Her devotion to her children further reminds us that what’s important to her is also what’s important to us.

        Mrs. Kennedy had a mystique, a coolness, that I think made her remote from us. She used fashion to showcase her youth and sophistication; she was our link to old money and privilege, and she moved effortlessly in international circles. She was tasteful and understated and let us know that there was nothing to fear in embracing the new as we moved forward.

        Mrs. Obama conveys a warmth and inclusiveness that makes us feel as if we know her personally. Her clothes are carefully chosen to subtly emphasize the importance of the occasion, and there’s always meaning in what she wears. She doesn’t hit the mark every time with her choices, but then neither do we. And her causes are the same ones that anyone in any community can support.

        Comparing these women is like comparing apples to oranges. They’re different women from different generations and backgrounds, and the world has changed dramatically in the 50-plus years since Mrs. Kennedy came to our attention. Each of them is as unquestionably unique as is/was her approach to the unpaid, undefined, and underappreciated job of First Lady of the United States. We can treasure them both, and all they accomplished on our behalf, without trying to prove that one is superior to the other.

        • StellaZafella

          Well said… but I was responding from my generation to the line: “… really there has never been and never will be a more fabulous FLOTUS.” Which, I feel, makes the unfair implication that there can be no other…
          Michelle Obama and Jackie are from separate worlds…but this does not preclude the notion that Jackie Kennedy set the mold that Michelle Obama so deftly, and personally fills today.

          • SierraDelta

            To be even more fair, I should probably have included Dolley Madison as an expectation-busting FLOTUS, too. . .

          • StellaZafella

            Right you are…but I don’t remember D Madison personally…I mean, I’m not THAT old. ;>)

          • SierraDelta


      • Cheryl

        Jackie Kennedy was only in the public eye as the First Lady for three years, and was seen mostly in photo shoots, with very rare television appearances. (Her appearance as “a real person” on the Tour of the White House shocked people because practically no one had heard her voice; it was high, reedy and thin). Michelle Obama has been seen dressed up to the nines, dressed to the middle for daytime appearances, and dressed down and dirty digging in her vegetable garden. She’s had to have an outfit for every occasion for the past 6 years – from television interviews to church services to State Dinners. I think she more than out-fabulouses Jackie K.

    • EveEve

      A lighter fabric in the skirt, even keeping the same cut, would have nailed the second one to the all-star list.

    • kimmeister

      Now I’m snickering over the shadow grope too.

  • Carrie

    That coat is jaw-dropping stunning on her. Right color, right shape, right attitude.

    The dress is underwhelming though. It feels a bit too flowy, too big. Michelle rocks the fitted dresses and looks more comfortable too in them. This isn’t her best, but inoffensive is still better than bad.

    • Trent

      Totally agree. That coat is fucking fabulous. The shape is so perfect for her, she should have it made in every color. With the fab boots, she’s never looked better. A++.

      As for the ginormous gown…it hits her in all the worst places, IMO, and the lace top should be slightly risque but just seems matronly. Love her, but no.

      • Valdri8

        I think the gown looks like she is standing over a hot air duct and it has inflated her skirt. I used to do that in my flannel night gown and then jump into bed.

      • AnneElliot

        I agree, it’s too high on the waist, then the skirt is too wide over the hips. It makes her look pregnant. It only really looks good in that side shot where it’s catching the wind (unless she travels with her own personal wind machine, like Iman.)

  • Anne Elliot

    the coat is gorgeous

    • Donna Tabor

      Love the in-seam buttonholes. They keep the closure from stopping the flow of the design.

  • SugarSnap108

    That coat-and-boot combo is perfection. BAM, indeed.

    I love the color of the skirt on the dress, but there’s just too much volume going on. She has no shape in it. But I beg to differ: I don’t think Barbara Bush would’ve gone for that neckline, at least not without a crapload of pearls.

  • jw_ny

    The gown…she looks like she’s ready to belt out an aria. Not loving it for her.

    The coat…would’ve liked the scarf to be patterned. The boots & coat are fab!

    • Gatto Nero

      I’m not sure that’s a scarf. I think it’s part of the coat.

      • jw_ny

        Perhaps you are right. The shade of red is a perfect match, and there is otherwise no collar on the coat.

      • kimmeister

        I’ve been trying to figure it out. I decided that it’s a scarf, since folds don’t align in a way that would make such a jacket open-able in a practical way. Plus, FLOTUS is known for being pretty matchy.

    • Rhonda Shore

      The coat is perfection. As for the dress, i really think it depends on what angle the photo was taken from. In some it looks near-dowdy, while in others it looks lovely. And there’s something about it that’s true to her style, that is, the effect of the black lace resembling the cardigans she so loves wearing. And that shade of blue is scrumptious!

    • Fiona

      A patterned scarf would have been too much for this formal morning event. A tall, elegant lady in a red coat doesn’t need much else. I loved too the understated contrast of black gloves and boots that pick up on the two buttons on the coat. I think she ought to replace her hairdresser; whoever he is, does her a disservice.

  • Laura Renee

    I’m not disagreeing with your point about how standard FLOTUS this looks, but I’m having a really hard time picturing this on Barbara Bush. Maybe because I was born the year her husband was elected, and I’ve never known her other than the little old lady.

  • deelup

    Oh my god, I need that coat!

    The dress is beautiful. Love the color of the bottom. But the shape is all wrong for her. She doesn’t look bad, but it’s teetering between being not flattering and actually doing bad things for her shape.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Both the Obamas’ coats and scarves look PERFECT in that first picture. I wonder how many people were assigned to lint roll them

    • Danielle

      I volunteer as tribute!

    • Winter_White

      Lol — I hear you, fellow pet-owner. Whenever I see an immaculate dark coat, it seems impossible! otherworldly! miraculous! … and then I remember that not everyone lives with white cats.

      Love Michelle’s coat. Clean, chic lines at the top; graceful and feminine at the bottom — so beautiful.

      • Yeah, they claim they got the first dog because of allergies, but I am sure less lint rolling was also on the agenda!

        • Adrianna Grężak

          The topic of allergies gave me this thought: was there ever a First Cat?

          • demidaemon

            Yes, Socks during the Clinton years. He even got his own videogame.

          • jangma

            Clinton had a cat. Socks, I think?

      • leahpapa

        I’m quite sure there is an Undersecretary of Lint Management of Removal to make sure they’re spotless in public 🙂

      • another_laura

        I feel ya – I recently adopted a small blonde dog with a double coat and man, I’m going to keep the lint roller industry in business for the next 15 years.

    • Bridget Smith

      I also love how they mimic each other, too. The strong colors, clean lines, and monochrome scarves mean that POTUS & FLOTUS look like a unified pair despite not actually matching.

  • Anna

    She is resplendent in that red coat. I love the colour of the dress but that waistband isn’t very flattering and the skirt is too puffy. I’m all for volume and drama, but she looks like she’s about to be airborne in the last shot.

    Hair and makeup are flawless though and I love her earrings in the second look.

    • Gatto Nero

      Re: the second look, she often wears these not-quite-empire waisted things that throw off her proportions. And the gown seems too conventional for her.
      But the coat is perfection.

      • Anna

        Yes, she seems to be rather fond of the not-quite empire waist but it doesn’t really work for her. It would look so much better if the waistband was moved down a little.

        • ballerinawithagun

          Yes, when I first glanced at the gown, I thought that it needed a belt. But it has a belt! The waistband definitely needs to be moved down to her natural waistline. She already has long legs so she doesn’t need to create any illusion by raising the waistline.

    • marlie

      I forgot to mention her hair… it’s *gorgeous*!

      • CPK1

        it is gorgeous. But I miss the bangs

    • makeityourself

      Re: the makeup. What’s up with the new eyebrows? Who convinced her that thin wasn’t in anymore? These are rather obviously painted on.

      • hyperionic

        Well thick obviously drawn eyebrows do seem to be the trend now. At least from what I’ve seen on Reddit.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I’m willing to assassinate the First Lady for those kick-ass boots. There, I said it.

  • Therese Bohn

    I think the second one might have worked better with a drop waist, she’s really swallowed up in that blue pudding! But the colors are lovely, as is she! Rock on FLOTUS!

    • MoHub

      Ooh! Serves me right to not read before I post. You totally beat me to it on the waistline on the gown.

  • As far as I am concerned she can do no wrong fashion wise.

    I wish she looked happier overall. And Barack looks quite unwell. 🙁 I’m a bit worried about/for them..

    • Jessica Freeman

      I’d be looking annoyed like her if the French press was going to put out a story that my husband was having an affair with Beyonce, too.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      They both look like they’re squinting b/c of the sunlight. I suppose they can’t walk out wearing sunglasses for these photo ops

      • RectPropagation

        I thought they looked better in the sunlight.

    • demidaemon

      At this pint, he’s been POTUS for about six years. That’s about the time it really starts to weigh on the person. Seriously, it’s the most aging job in the US (by which I mean eight years in the position equals about thirty-two out here in the real world).

      • KinoEye

        I’m always struck by how quickly they age. You don’t notice it while it’s happening, really, since most of us see the President on a fairly regular basis. But when I see pictures of Obama from 2007 or 2008, I’m blown away by how he looks about 20 years younger. Same with Bush, who went in with a full head of dark hair and came out a grey ghost. Crazy levels of stress.

    • Fiona

      “…:( I’m a bit worried about/for them..”
      I am too. I miss her spark and the twinkle in her eyes. She seems so sad and beaten-down lately. And in close-ups, you can see her eyes always well up with tears. It makes me very sad and I find myself praying for her and her family. As much as people talk-up the so-called “perks” of the presidency and what many see as a cushy life, I wouldn’t want to trade places with her. The loss of identity and giving up your own dreams. The havoc and toll of power, fame and the attendant intrusions from everything including the forced introduction into your life of all sorts of people with their own (mostly dubious) agenda, can wreak havoc on any family. It must be hard not only to have to effectively share your husband as he does his presidenting, but to have to contend also with people actively working to elbow you out so they can stake a permanent place in your husband’s life and what they think will be a lucrative future by association. I suspect that if she had it to do again, she’d say no. And I wouldn’t blame her one bit. So not worth it.

  • KateMaryC

    Somehow the back of the gown is spectacular, but the front makes me cringe. If she only walked away from me, I’d be in love.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Covet the coat. The skirt on the dress is way too fluffy. If it was toned down some I think it would have been spectacular.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      When I first saw the pic (just the top) I thought…WOW, then saw the bottom half…sigh… would love to see her in a dress that was the top fabric only…(not a ‘RC’ look but an ‘only Shelly O could pull off bow down FLOTUS’ look..)

  • ralish

    I had the same thought. The second look is so “First Lady Paper Doll.” (No one else had those as a child?) That coat is phenomenal.

    • Jessica Freeman

      My friend got me a “Mr. Right” paper doll set for Christmas. It is so much fun.

  • msdamselfly

    NOT loving the fit of the bodice on the dress. Seems too small and looks uncomfortable

  • BayTampaBay

    Love both looks.

  • Sam Erin

    Love the drama in skirt.
    But those brows are FREAKING ME OUT.

  • lexilexi

    I think she looks fabulous in both looks…. I wonder… do her eyebrows seem somehow “different” to anyone but me?

    • MilaXX

      Yeah, not a fan of the brows. There seems to be a bit of a micro trend with overly manicured brows among WOC and sometimes they look a little too perfect and drawn on.

    • Yolanda13

      I noticed her eyebrows too. She tends to have a really high arch (almost like a Disney villainess) and they look painted on in these pictures.

      • SierraDelta

        Her eyebrows have seemed thicker since maybe the first of the year? At least that’s when I started noticing them.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Never gave her eyebrows a thought, but it looks like she had a lot of make up applied to emphasize the brows

  • MilaXX

    Love both looks and her hair is gorgeous. Looking at his collections I would never have chosen Thom Browne for her, but his coats really do look great on her. I don’t mind her going a little traditional with the second look, that’s a beautiful color on her.

  • She does have a tendency to wear the waist just that much too high. I realize she is a bit short waisted, but there are ways around that.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Glad to see you back around these parts. =)

      • Thanks Jessica, between changes in my work sked, and all the time I have to devote to my blog on research and such, its tough to weigh in here very often.

        • sagecreek

          Do we need to write your bosses a note? We NEED you here!

          • I’m really very flattered by this, I must say. Mostly its about my not being anywhere near a computer at work, and not able to use my cell on the salesfloor. Bad form, since I’m a manager, and we tell the employees they can’t use theirs.

    • Thank you! I thought it was the skirt length, but you’re right. The waist is consistently too high.

    • kimmeister

      This one isn’t just too high, the belt is huge. Short waisted women need to stay away from thick belts. They just look like boobs on top of legs that way.

  • mommyca

    love the coat!!! amazingly beautiful! I would love to see the lining on it…

  • flamingoNW

    LOVE the coat, not a fan of those boots but here they are well deployed, but that dress….one of my least favorite FLOTUS looks. Agree, too traditional First Lady. The hair too. Meh.

  • Latin Buddy

    HATE the hair. There, I said it. I prefer a chic, modern sharp bob than this blown out big hair.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      I was giving her the ‘I am hoping that is just some MAJOR wind blowing’ pass on this one (?)

  • TAGinMO

    I like the gown from the waist up and from the back, and I’m neutral on the profile view. But at least in these pictures, the front of that skirt is not doing her any favors. (And really, would it do anyone any favors? It’s just sort of boxy and ugly.) Hair’s a little wonky, too; it looked better on the balcony.

  • highjump

    This is mostly projection, but as the Obama administration moves into the final years maybe Michelle doesn’t feel like she’s had enough classic First Lady moments. The sleek dresses are great and very flattering, but how many of these over the top spouse of the most powerful person in the world moments does she have left? Live all the versions of this life you wanted to MObama.

  • Mismarker

    The red coat is to die. Someone needs to tell FLOTUS’ makeup artist to blend out her contouring. She’s three steps away from drag makeup.

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, when your browbone is reflecting light through your eyebrows, that’s a problem.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Disney princess, FLOTUS-style.

  • clevergirl70

    I gay-gasped when I saw the coat, and I’m not even gay.

    shameless plug: Run, Michelle, run! 2016!!!

  • Divine coat. I love the colour of the blue and I think that is a good use of sheers, but a slimmer line would have been better I think.

  • Jacob Marek

    The Thom Browne is, quite simply, spectacular.

    The Carolina Herrera is very Oprah. MO can do better.

    • cocohall

      I had the same thought – why is Shelley O wearing Oprah’s dress?

  • colleenjanel

    She’s certainly getting her money’s worth on those boots, eh?

    I think the dress would have been MUCH better if the waist had been lower. The proportions would have worked better, even with the volume on the bottom.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I agree 100%

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    I would wrestle a Secret Service agent to the ground for that coat.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Hmm. That sounds like a win-win, actually.

  • Danielle

    THAT COAT *grabby hands*

    • Violina23

      My grabby hands are going to push yours out of the way 😉

      • Danielle

        Over my (warm and fabulously wrapped in that coat) dead body!

        • Violina23

          Coat fight! Coat fight!

  • OneRing

    I’m generally not a fan of her sartorially at all. I think she’s usually awkward in everything she wears and I feel embarrassed for her (lone voice, I know) However, I will acknowledge that coat is pretty much perfection. As for the dress? I guess we’re bringing back the bustle now? That periwinkle blue is the only good thing there….

    • murt

      If you look at old pictures of her before she became First Lady, she had fantastic style. I don’t like the ’50s new look inspired styles she’s generally chosen since, but I can see why she has gone in that direction for political reasons.

  • Tatiana Luján

    That coat! Red suits her very well.
    I love her current haircolor.

    Second look: the dress makes her torso look too short ans I hate the side pleats. I also don’t like the way her eyebrows were painted, it’s too obvious and shiny, they look fake.

    • OneRing

      Thanks, I can’t unsee the eyebrows now. lol They are terrible!

  • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    The waist seems too high in the front. Other than that, its nice. Not a personal best though.

  • Jangle57

    Coat is gorgeous. Dress is odd – I like the colors but from the back she looks good but in the front, it looks like she has no waist and is sporting a tummy of sorts – almost like she’s pregnant.

  • AmeliaEve

    That gown puts the “boo” in bouffant. Not a flattering shape at all. Too bad she could not wear that killer coat to everything.

  • MaggieMae

    Fabulous coat porn. Love her hair. And her smile!

    I’d like to see her in a more youthful gown.

  • Town

    The dress looks kinda “Oprah” to me.

    • Mismarker

      Yep. And the hair, too.

      • Katesymae

        The hair is SO, SO bad. Nobody puts FLOTUS in a bad wig!

    • Violina23

      YES! You’re right…

  • Violina23

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the coat. To die for.

    Meh bordering-on dislike for the dress. I don’t think the shape does ANYTHING for her. She can (and has) done much better, IMO

  • sagecreek

    Re the dress, She does have a propensity for the unflattering waistline, I don’t know why.

    The coat is perfect.

  • bellafigura1

    Ooh, too much make-up in both shots. I don’t like her boots, they looks very early 2000s to me. But the red coat with the exact same color scarf is fantastic.

  • pattyw

    The gown is the first look she’s worn that I could picture on Laura/Barbara Bush or Hillary Clinton. Too matronly. Straight skirt would have been better than all that volume. Not liking her hair lately at all. I recently saw an old video with her sleek bob and wish she would go back to that.

  • Constant Reader

    My only quibble with the second look is that I want the waist to be just a skosh lower.

  • mcbishop

    Y’know, maybe I’m all enthralled with our First Lady (yeah, I am), but she’s taking that dress somewhere else, and I’m kind of digging it. She really looks magnificent. And the coat is killing!

  • Ron Zank

    If Barbara Bush would have worn it, it would have looked like a Rose Parade float.

  • majorbedhead

    Where the wind is blowing the skirt back and making it more fitted across her tummy? That would have looked awesome, straight down like that. But it’s too poofy. Gorgeous color for her, though.

    That coat is making me weep tears of envy. It’s so, so gorgeous.

  • Katesymae

    And that is one hella aging wig. Go home, try again.

  • Richard Harper

    Um…Barbara Bush could *not* have worn this dress.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Quick observations since I need to work diligently at IP Central before the next storm.

    1) Ms. Obama has a very short waist and not very narrow hips. This is certainly no criticism – my waist is short, too. This skeletal proportion increases the likelihood that her outfits will look short-waisted, too. Lengthening the garment’s waist, when she’s got hips, though, can create a boxy shape. It’s not that easy to address. She does a pretty good job of it on the whole, but certainly isn’t batting 1000.00.

    2) I suspect that Ms. Obama may not have any eyebrow hairs to speak of, whether this is genetic or the result of over-plucking, who knows?, so that she has to draw/paint on brows to replace what she just doesn’t have. While I’m really pale (and I had my eyebrows disappear during chemo in 2012 several times) so my coloring is quite the opposite of the First Lady’s, I know that drawing eyebrows onto the skin is not just a snap. Since she is photographed under unforgiving lights and has a dark complexion, it may be that her underlying skin still reflects the light beneath her brow makeup. The brows here seem a bit thick yet thin on color depth, but I think she’s dealing with a derm/complexion problem here that does not have a sure-fire solution.

    • Qitkat

      Lovely, generous, sensitive comments. I had not thought of your points in #2 that way, never having drawn eyebrows on in my life. I have the short waist problem too, enough so that when I sit at some tables, I find myself feeling like a child.

  • marlie

    I love, love, love her coat. At this rate, if I bought every coat that I loved posted on this site alone, I’ll have a closet full of outerwear, and an empty bank account.

    I love the Herrera, even if it is “Standard First Lady,” but I wish the waist of the bodice came down a couple of more inches. I know FLOTUS is a little short-waisted, but this silhouette accents it even more.

    • Anna

      I can attest to the fact that once outerwear addiction grabs a hold of you, it never lets go.

  • Kathy

    The power’s been out at my house for a few hours. This is the first post I’ve seen since it came back up. Both the POTUS and FLOTUS’s coats are impeccable, and I adore the FLOTUS’s boots, hair and makeup as well. The second look would be perfect with a dropped waist.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      She always wears her waistlines a smidge too high, IMO. I think the neckline is beautiful.

      • Kathy

        The power keeps going out. I’m just glad it keeps coming back on. God bless the folks at Georgia Power.

        Not sure if I’m making much sense because I’m trying to type faster than the outages.

        I agree about the waistlines she wears. She’s got a great figure, but she’s shorter waisted. I am long-waisted, so I end up buying things for a tall person and hemming until I get clothing proportionate for my body.

        I’m glad T&Lo would post the pics of the coat because j’adore. I feel warmer now. 🙂

  • mjude

    I am addicted to coats. love the red. she looks great in the gown too.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    I love her, I really do. But she has resting bitch face, and I think it turns people off. I don’t know which is worse: resting bitch face or resting space case face (Cora on DA, I’m looking at you)?

    • sagecreek

      I am biased, since I also suffer from RBF, but honestly? I’d rather have people fear me a little than think I’m always hopped up on Valium.

      • demidaemon

        I have resting happy face, so I envy all you people with RBF, just so I could look a little more stern once in a while.

  • KinoEye

    The coat is to die. I hate to compare her to Jackie, since it’s a comparison you hear all the time and they’re very different (albeit fabulous) women, but this looks like a modern version of something she would wear.

    I’ve always thought they make a beautiful couple. And of course, this is based on nothing but seeing them in photo ops and on television, but you can tell that Barack is still just as smitten with her now as he was 20 years ago. It’s nice to see.

  • Bradio311

    Was going to say that the Carolina Herrera look is the most “First Lady” I’ve ever seen her dress. And that’s not necessarily a compliment.

  • Mimi

    Mr. POTUS looks pretty spiffy as well.

  • Diego!

    I love her coat and her dress a lot. What I don’t like at all are hair and make up. She had it done both things perfectly in the past. Now her make up looks bizarre… Her eyebrows are way too painted. Anyway, maybe she’ll fix that next time.

    • J. Preposterice

      wow. you’re right about the eyebrows — they almost look COMPLETELY painted on, like they’re shaved underneath.

      • Diego!

        I know, right? She should let them grow once more!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          She may not be able to grow eyebrows. Some people overpluck and the follicles cease to produce hairs. I have a strong suspicion that the First Lady just does not have any natural brows. Wishing doesn’t make ’em grow.

          • quiltrx

            You may be right–it seems to be a problem for a lot of my African-American co-workers, too. They did a lot of plucking over time and they eventually just don’t grow back. Lots of drawn-on eyebrows where I work…it’s quite a skill to do it right.

    • agree on the eyebrows, still loving the hair though

    • murt

      Agree… I don’t like the strip false eyelashes too – they just look way too dramatic/fake.

  • MoHub

    I think a longer bodice on the gown—perhaps with a dipped waist—would have made the skirt look less heavy and the FLOTUS less shortwaisted. The red coat, however, is perfection.

    • kerryev

      Maybe even if the belt/sash/whatever was a bit wider?

  • The second dress reminds me of traditional Korean dress for formal occasions. Which seems like an odd choice, given this occasion. The coat is near-flawless, but I do wish she would wear her coats and dresses just an inch or so shorter. Maybe she hates her knees, but the length she favors always makes it look as thought the top of her dress/coat is shrinking to strangle her.

    • I thought of the hanbok too, but there are pictures of this dress from the front in motion (h/t @ashinyoconnor:disqus ) and it has an outline that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn’s evening dress in Sabrina, with the slim skirt and billowy overskirt.

  • Maya Gurantz

    Agreed–the dress is gorgeous, but she’s too fit and fashion-forward to need to wear an old lady dress like that.

    I’m putting in a request right now for a First Lady T + L retrospective when the term is over reviewing her most memorable looks.

    • sagecreek

      Seconded! Also, I feel slightly bad for whoever the next first lady might be…MO has set the bar pretty high. (Or for Hillary, if you think she will win in 2016, although that will present its own fashion challenges, won’t it?!)

  • BobStPaul

    Really don’t care for the Carolina Herrara gown as the skirt is just too voluminous and the waist too high. Can’t say I like her make-up too much either but the coat is gorgeous.

  • melanie0866

    That dress looks very Oprah, doesn’t it? I could so easily picture her wearing it.

    More FLOTUS, please. Thank you.

    • nowlo

      That was the first thing that came to my mind too!

  • Nicole Little

    I would vote for her.

  • Tracy_Flick

    THAT COAT. I would kill for that coat, and then I would replace the black buttons with either a matching red or something sparkly.

  • Red Thom Browne number is FANTASTIC. Also her hair.

  • Love the gloves, love the coat, love the colors, love the boots – you werq those clothes, FLOTUS!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    The gown is a teense bulky on her – it’s just a little high waisted, which doesn’t do as much for her figure, which is lovely. And the skirt is a bit too bulky. Other than those minor quibbles, it’s beautiful and looks lovely on her!

    That coat? THAT COAT! That’s about the porniest coat I’ve seen! That coat should have sleazy bass guitar music playing behind it whenever she enters a room.

  • Nicholas Paganelli

    I’m going to go the other way and say that I love the big dramatic skirt for her as a foray into a traditional First Lady sort of realm, but the top needs to be changed: more modern to make it more Lady O.

    • Qitkat

      Agreed, especially THAT BEAUTIFUL COLOR. So many different colors are flattering on her. The black lace is acceptable but much too dated in style.

  • muelonil

    The coat is fantastic. It’s not that I dislike the dress, but there is so much skirt I feel like a good wind could fill it with air and she would FLOTUS away

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Oh, youuuuu!!!

  • quiltrx

    That may be the sexiest coat I’ve ever seen. Hopefully some reasonably-priced design house (or three) is busy working on knocking it off right now!
    And I love the color of the gown’s skirt so much…I have a few quibbles but I keep coming back to the gorgeous color and can’t complain.

  • Ashleigh

    BARBARA BUSH?!! take that back 🙂

  • Joy

    I LOVE the hair. I don’t know what is wrong with you guys hating on her hair. The hair and makeup are perfect. I saw her on the news last night and said, I need to go get my hair done this weekend.

  • Sofia Bentivoglio

    whoever is responsible for her eyebrows should be punished. LOVE the billowy drama in the side view of dress.

    • Fiona

      Fired and banished forever.

  • andi56

    Here in Washington, there’s always this insane pressure for the FLOTUS to wear American designers, especially for symbolic events like a State Dinner. This most likely would not have been her first choice, but she must get tired of everyone nattering in her ear about designers!

  • Glam Dixie

    That’s ok Uncles, you don’t have to hate it, I’ll hate it for you. That gown is awful and does nothing for her. The coat however, is gorgeous.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I’m probably gonna get removed for this post, but I would kill a Kardashian for that coat!

  • E. D.

    The waist is way too high on the dress.

  • I totally agree. That coat is perfection to a tee. I also love the dress, but it’s Oprah’s dress. Not her’s.

  • poorellensmith

    My first born to whomever can tell me where to buy the Thom Browne coat.

    • Fiona

      Oh my God! Lol!
      Call Thom Browne and ask. It’s that simple.

  • joancarol

    That looks like an Oprah dress.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Who knew Thom Browne would be such a good fit for MObama? He’s so over the top but she has the ability to pull off those exaggerated shapes.

  • nycfan

    oooooooh …. that coat. Gorgeous. Am I wrong for wishing for a contrasting scarf though?

  • vickilu

    Does anyone else think Carolina Herrera is losing a little steam? I feel so underwhelmed when I see many of her new designs.

  • SierraDelta

    Outfit 1: Are people whose pictures regularly appear in public forbidden to wear sunglasses, especially when they’re squinting into bright sunshine?

    Outfit 2: Michelle has her own wind machine!

  • adore the coat. but not the gown. the high waist plus the bustle do not make a flattering shape.

  • Alloy Jane

    Love the coat, hate the dress, really hate the hair.

    • Fiona

      She needs to fire her hair stylist and whoever did her make-up/eyebrows. They totally failed her.

  • Verascity

    Oh my GOD, that coat.

  • e jerry powell

    SENSIBLE THOM BROWNE. I thought I’d never see the day.

  • PeaceBang

    I hate the hair and make-up. Her brows look way too thick and it’s making her face strangely masculine.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I haven’t even noticed the eyebrows, I’m just so disappointed with the standard politician’s-wife-hair.

      oh god, groucho is right.

  • PastryGoddess

    I am not ashamed to admit I had an orgasm looking at that coat

  • bertkeeter

    The Herrera ….makes her look HUGE…reminds me of the life size model of a blue whale they had hanging in the lobby of the Smithsonian when I was a kid!

  • siriuslover

    LOVE AND LOVE! I love that dress (not necessarily the poufyness). That color is amaze balls on her. And the coat. OMG.

  • Kelly

    I love Michelle, but I gotta break it to her — Groucho Marx already *owns* that thick-greasepaint-eyebrow look. And it only worked for him because he had the mustache and cigar to go with it.

  • GorgeousThings

    That Herrera looks like something Oprah would wear to the Oscars.
    And I have to say I’m not really loving her over-painted eyebrows. She had them too thin for a long time, now they are too filled-in.
    Other than that, she looks fabulous. I lust after that coat.

  • Love that coat.

  • macwell

    I think she looks great in both looks. The last one is volumously delicious. It is ‘standard’ FLOTUS, but she looks great. Contrary to Tom and Lorenzo’s thought – not every outfit has to be ‘the best outfit she’s ever worn, ever’.

  • sekushinonyanko

    That second one is giving me too much 18th century, bring out the guillotines flavor.

  • elzatelzabelz

    The coat & boots are gorgeous, the dress is…not a win. Way too voluminous.

  • Michelle Wilson

    You guys hanging out at FSU? I’ve never seen the term “porny” used anywhere else!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    The top half of that gown is totally channeling Sophia Loren for me.

  • Sunraya

    I hate that gown with a burning passion! Ugly! Looks like a sheet, although I love the top. And I adore that coat!

  • Trickytrisha

    Super wonderful coat. Appropriately grand dress for the event. I’m not feeling the eyebrows though. They almost look lacquered.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    Now that ive looked at the dress again, it would have looked much better fitted at the bottom. And i would’ve liked a more substantial lip color.

  • THAT COAT. Oh, my god. It’s better than coat porn; it’s coat erotica.

  • imakeart

    I have so much in common with her…we have the same haircut and nearly the same color (mine is more red.) We’re both 50. But I’m a white woman with freckles and could never wear that gorgeous red coat.

  • May I never hear the words, “Barbara Bush could have worn it” directed at me.

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  • Belvane

    I just saw more photos of the gown over at HuffPo and liked it a lot more when I could see that it has a straight skirt with a more bouffant train, rather than a solid poufy skirt. It seems to take it out of Barbara Bush territory and move it more into Fifties Givenchy country.

  • pepper76

    I’m totally expecting a bunch of children to come out from under that skirt like in The Nutcracker.