Michelle Obama: Floral FLOTUS

Posted on July 11, 2014

This is really cute:

Michelle-Obama-LULACNUVOtv-Luncheon-Event-Tanya-Taylor-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)First Lady Michelle Obama at the LULAC/NUVOtv Unity Luncheon in New York City in a Tanya Taylor white and blue floral print dress from the Spring 2014 collection

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Tanya Taylor ‘Kylie’ Floral Print Flare Dress [Runway Version]

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Lorenzo prefers the runway version of the look, but Tom thinks Shelley was right to go in this direction. That runway skirt would’ve looked terrible on her. Here, she looks sleek and feminine. We can’t get a clear head-to-toe shot, but from what we can see, the hem looks a little low, from a proportional perspective. And we might have suggested a micro-thin black belt as an addition. Other than that, she’s gangbusters.

What do you think? Should she have tried the runway version?



[Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images, lanecrawford.com]

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  • msdamselfly

    Looks cute but couldnt they have matched up the print between the bodice and the skirt?

    • ccinnc

      Actually I like that they don’t match up – otherwise it would just be a sheath. But I do agree that a belt would be nice.

      I’m not crazy about her hairstyle. It obscures her face.

    • Jackie4g

      Agree! Only people who sew notice that mismatching anymore, or so it seems. Yes, they ought to have done a little better with the pattern matching and I would also like a belt, but not black, maybe navy or a mid-range blue.

      • myandyleigh

        Yeah, I think it’s a seamstress thing. The mismatching of patterns always makes my eyes twitch, especially when it’s couture on the runway or personally altered for a famous person like this. I do think Flotus made the right choice in changing the skirt, it works much better on her than the girlie skirt of the run way version would have done.

    • Mothra

      Agree. If they can’t match the print up in a reasonable way, then a little belt is the way to go. Then it doesn’t have to match.

    • e jerry powell

      What I’m seeing is that the bodice from the runway is the same. but with the runway the mismatch is intentional because of the additional material. Since FLOTUS went in a different direction, I guess the designer didn’t really feel the need to match the pattern a la the shorter version, even lacking the different material.

      Designers. Go figure.

  • Carleenml

    no to the runway. too little girlish. I think you’re right about the belt.

    • Diesel von Trapp

      Yeah the runway look is too casual for a speaking engagement.

  • antheapena

    Love Floral FLOTUS

    • FuhUgh

      Sigh. I pretty much love her unreservedly, but this floral is especially lovely.

  • stagmania

    Definitely think the runway version would have been odd on her. This is much more her style.

  • Feathers McGraw

    I prefer the runway version, but not on the FLOTUS if that makes any sense.

    • CT14

      Perfect sense.

  • Jangle57

    No, I don’t think she should have tried the runway version; think a thin black belt would have been a nice addition and that the length could have gone up a bit – looks a little too matronly in that length.

  • GoAwayKardash

    No to runway version and yes to belt.

  • majorbedhead

    The runway version is a bit too Taylor Swift-ish for FLOTUS. But yeah, a thin belt wouldn’t have gone amiss.

  • Sophie

    If it’s not the same bottom half and the neckline and waist looks different, can you still call it a variant of the runway dress or is it merely a new dress using the same fabric? I really like both versions, but I think she did the right choice.

  • Shelly’s version trumps the runway version all the way. I love it, I want it, I would wear it to work.

  • Definately not the runway version. On Malia maybe, not Michelle. Also, the neck looks constricting on her. The runway version shows a more interesting neckline/arm cutout. The neck looks too high, or the arms are not cut in enough at the shoulders. Makes her looked hunched. A little lower neck, or wider neck – more like a boat neck? Or, more shoulder, which is probably the way for her.

  • Anna

    Didn’t much care for the runway version when first seen on Gillian Jacobs, so I’m glad the FLOTUS went with the top half of the print. Love this version and agree on the belt.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I’m so proud that I remembered that Gillian wore this, and happy that you confirmed it so I don’t have to go searching.

      • Anna

        I wouldn’t have remembered either were it not for the scrolldown. I distinctly remember being disappointed by the bottom half.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Me too. I like the proportions on this version much better. I think FLOTUS could rock either skirt, as long as the proportions stayed the same as they are here.

    • kimmeister

      It was AWFUL on her.

  • gabbilevy

    Agree on the choice to go with one print, rather than the runway version, but don’t you think her head is a little drab? The hair isn’t working for me. And it might just be the harsh stage lighting, but her eyes are getting a little lost without a little makeup to help them pop.

  • Jessica Freeman

    No to the runway version, but I don’t like that they just made it into a standard pretty dress. I think had they lowered the hemline and got a better mixed print, she could have handled it. And for the lady who for years put a belt on everything, I have no idea why she didn’t put on one with this dress.

  • Alyssa

    I like the print, and prefer this version for FLOTUS. Also, the last time we saw the runway version, it was not so good in real life. Something looks off in her hair to me…I’m thinking it’s the center part.

    • marlie

      I hate the center part. I’ve been told that I look like FLOTUS (I don’t think so), but we do have a similar face shape. The last time my hairdresser gave me a center part, I thought it elongated my already long face, and was really unflattering.

  • Julie Chase

    The runway version’s skirt is weirdly distracting. I love the top pattern, I’m glad she went in this direction.

    • AmeliaEve

      I don’t like outfits where the top feels heavier than the skirt. That is what bothers me about the runway version. Maybe if the fabrics were reversed I’d like it better.

  • Synnae

    No to the runway version, yes to a narrow belt. And as she is tall, the waist hits right at her natural waist so no complaints there.

  • Hermione

    I think she looks great in the non-runway version, although I think it is half a size too small. That’s why she looks a little hunched. The armholes are a skosh too high or small and the bodice seem too small across the front.
    I don’t think I’d vote for the belt because the waist seems to be a little high–as she likes them–and adding the belt to the hight waist would look awkward.

  • Danielle

    I’m with Tom, the runway version would suit Malia better. Go Flo!!

  • vitaminC

    The runway version would have been hella unflattering on her. She made the right choice, and looks lovely.

  • Gatto Nero

    I think she made the right choice. The runway version is cute, but reads a little juvenile. And from a distance, the allover same print has a stronger impact.
    She might have taken the hem up just a skosh, though. And a belt would have sharpened the whole look a bit..

  • MoHub

    Much better than the runway version.

  • mmebam

    No to a runway version and yes to belt.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Agree with this. I also don’t think this hairstyle is flattering on her.

  • MissusBee

    The runway version is not grown up enough. The blue and white looks amazing on her, but the print itself is a bit garden furniture to me. I don’t hate it, but I’ve seen her in better.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Lorenzo wins because it’s his birthday. You have to let the birthday person win these things. It’s the law, I think.

  • Abby

    No. It’s twee.

  • SophieCollier

    She did well by choosing a more stately version. Malia or Sasha would be better off in the runway version.

  • Nancer

    This looks beautiful. I think the runway version would have distorted her proportions, so she went the right way. And I love the idea of the belt, that would have been nice with this.

  • ChiKat67

    The runway version would be fine for Zooey, not for FLOTUS.

  • MarissaLG

    She definitely made the right choice by not going with the runway version. It’s a little too fashion-forward for the First Lady. Not loving the hairstyle though- what about an elegant side-swept bang?

  • Lilithcat

    i like the runway version, but FLOTUS’ is more suited to an adult.

    Ordinarily, I’d agree about the belt, but we all know that belts are her downfall. So not on her.

    And I don’t like this hairstyle.

  • SewingSiren

    The runway version is more styling, but that relaxed waist wouldn’t look great on Mrs. Obama, Also too short. I like the modified version for her. Although they could have still kept the contrast fabric for the skirt portion.

  • The print is a bit underwhelming. That being said, I want more floral FLOTUS!

  • I agree with Tom – the runway version is a bit twee. I’d go for a thin green belt.

    I don’t really like her hair like this though.

  • The runway version on Michelle would have been too ‘twee’. She picked the right version.
    Meanwhile, absolutely loving her ‘do.

  • MilaXX

    I like the runway version, but the altered version suits her better and I like it sans belt.

  • GorgeousThings

    Love the dress, hate the hair.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d have liked the runway version with a slightly longer skirt and a belt – as is it would read too casual. So I guess I’d go with the way she did it.

    Don’t really love the hair. I think it’s too big and heavy.

  • decormaven

    Love the chosen look. Would love to see a bangle on the wrist.

  • enchanted216

    I like the runway version, but it would need to be a bit longer on the First Lady. A belt on her version would be an improvement.

  • Bradio311

    Sorry Lo, I know it’s your birthday, but I have to go with Tom on this. The FLOTUS version is much better (especially for her)

  • CT14

    I think the runway version would have been a disaster on her.

  • Tapetum

    I had about three of that dress in my closet when I graduated from college in 1991. Nice dress though, appropriate for nearly anything, and flattering if it works on you – that’s why I had three. One in very nearly this print, one in polka dot, and one in a black-backgrounded purple floral.

  • lisaepc

    Love this look so “MainLine/Town&Country”. I agree about the belt–surprised with FLOTUS’ love of belts she isn’t wearing one…hmm the hem looks just below the knee? I would loved to see the shoes, hoping for a summer-sling or strappy-sanddle.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    My vote: at the knee-length hem, tiny belt. It also kind of feels like her face is hiding behind curtains of hair.

  • Janet B

    She should have tried the runway version in a dressing room and then had good laugh.

  • marlie

    I really like this!! I much prefer Shelly’s version over the runway one. And this is a perfect summer work dress, too. But Shelly, I hate the center part. Sorry, hon.

    • MilaXX

      I dislike center parts in general. They rarely look good on anyone.

  • No on the runway version. Too frankendressy.

  • I’ve been missing the FLOTUS posts, so thanks for this. Despite it being his birthday, I have to disagree with Uncle Lo: I too prefer the “matched” version. It’s so funny that you suggested a belt, though, because my first thought after viewing the photos was, “At least she didn’t add a belt to this! TLo will be happy!” Just goes to show….. Can’t say I’m a fan of this hair incarnation, but other than that, she looks great.

  • giddypony

    Hate the runway version.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Mrs. Obama definitely made the right choice. The profile and trickiness of the runway version is all wrong for FLOTUS. I don’t love her hair, though.

  • Paula Pertile

    I like it like this, the runway one wouldn’t have worked I don’t think. A belt would have been nice, yes. Like her hair, too, with no bangs.

  • kt

    Her faux lashes slay me. They are plastic cartoon lashes, give the FLOTUS some nice eyelash extensions and be on your way

  • Belt for sure, and not loving the hair. But a cute print for sure.

  • NOPE… Looks like a Mrs Cleaver’s “setting the breakfast table” kinda dress.

  • butterflysunita

    I love this dress on her. I actually don’t like the runway look at all.

  • Shawn EH

    FLOTUS made the right choice!

  • Imasewsure

    The runway version is Chloe Moretz’s dress to ruin. This version is a perfect real world pretty dress. Love it on our dear Mr. L of the FW

    • demidaemon

      I thought we were trying to help her make better fashion decisions, not visually assault our eyes.

      • Imasewsure

        You are right… I better back away from the suggestions for that one…. 🙂

  • Kaytee

    Definitely not the runway version and a thin belt (I think black to avoid having a blue eye twitch if it weren’t the right shade) would have prevented the twitch from the mismatch. I sew so I noticed too.

  • Herr Meier

    her hair doesn’t moves. probably has so much product in it

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think the neckline is to high/tight. A belt would have helped and I’m surprised she didn’t wear one as she seems to belt everything, even sweaters. The center part of the hair also bugs.

  • another_laura

    I’m with Tom. I don’t like those prints together so much prefer the FLOTUS version.

  • Perfect as is.

  • EEKstl

    She made the right decision in not going with the runway version. The hem does seem to be too low, while the waist seems a bit too high, but overall a nice choice for FLOTUS.

  • bunnydiet

    Love it just the way it is!

  • Bernadette

    No to the runway version, this is much more sophisticated choice.

  • teensmom99

    FLOTUS has the better skirt but strange that for once she isn’t wearing a belt when a belt would work. I think the length looks so draggy because of her draggy, too long hair. Maybe this is crazy, but I think she would rock a natural look in her hair: and what a message to girls of color and to every one that would be.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Her hair looks weird. I liked her better with bangs – she’s got that Tyra Banks “fivehead.”

  • cocohall

    I think the runway version is cute and youthful, but too busy with the competing prints. She wants to be eye-catching, but FLOTUS isn’t out with a bunch of kids planting a garden or jump roping, or on the set of iCarly. She was right to go with the more sophisticated look for this event. Love her hair. The belt might have been a good idea, but she has a tendency to wear them too thick and too high, and she avoided that. And God Bless any woman of a certain age that can wear a sleeveless dress and still do a full arm wave. God she has fabulous arms!

  • alyce1213

    No to the runway version for FLOTUS, it’s way too flirtatious and girly. Using the single print is more sophisticated and “respectable.”
    But either of her daughters would have rocked the runway look, I think.

  • frannyprof

    It’s Lo’s birthday, so I’m going to agree with him. Happy Birthday!

  • Anne

    The waistline is in the right place! Go FLOTUS!

    (Really, she always looks beautiful but she looks so impeccable when the proportions are right!)

  • Jennifer Schiller

    I like the runway version better, but think the version she’s wearing is a better fit for her position and location. It looks like she got highlights. I don’t love the shape, but I am digging the color (or it could be the lighting I guess).

  • demidaemon

    I think she made the right choice. I do think the hem could have been brought up and the belt would be a nice addition, but she still looks good.

  • Snailstsichr

    I love it the way Shelley wore it. What a perfect first-lady-with-guns-for-days dress. Other first ladies wish they could wear this – heck I wish MY arms could wear this!

  • Judy_S

    The runway version has that front racerback decried yesterday, as well as no waist. I actually think it’s hideous though Malia might be able to get away with it. The dress she is wearing looks good, totally reassuring rather than adventurous.

  • andreawey

    the first thing I thought when I saw it was thank goodness she didn’t wear the runway version, great color for her too!

  • saintebeuve

    I think the skirt of the runway version could read ‘apron’ without a stretch. It’s a great floral pattern, so I like Mrs. O’s version.

  • StrandedFashionista

    I prefer the one she has on at the event. I also love the ‘Can I get an A-MEN?!’ pose in the fourth picture of her.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Good decision to go with the same print for the skirt as the bodice.

  • traceyishere

    She needs lip color and her hair needs a re-think.

  • lundibleu

    I like it longer, and definitely think the runway version wouldn’t have worked. I do think a belt might look good to break it up very slightly, but she looks damn good.

  • MarshaMarz

    if she were 12 – the runway version would have been appropriate – she looks beautiful in the outfit she chose

  • evave2

    I prefer her version to the runway version. That looks more juvenile to me.

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  • Martha Anderson

    totally agree that a belt or some type band would bring it together

    as a woman of a certain age and size finding a pretty, to the knee, floral cotton summer dress has been less than fun. I want it for casual, I dont want designer.

    I would kill for this and perhaps something equally fun in a green

    • You could try Modcloth, they have a lot of nice summer dresses and they also do plus size if that is the size we are talking about.

      If we are talking plus size in the US I would suggest checking out Igigi, Kiyonna, Torrid, Sealed With A Kiss (SWAK) and then I have this great list of Aussie places online like Virtu, Harlow, Zebrano, Dream Diva, Kita Ku, Lala Belle… and I would suggest checking out some curvy bloggers for other ideas.

      If not plus size, disregard me. 🙂

  • CatLady

    This version is better. The runway skirt doesn’t look good with the top and it’s too short and fluffy for someone standing on a raised platform. We don’t want to see up anyone’s dress.

  • prisma

    The runway version would have looked stupid on her–it’s too juvenile, IMO. Not that it’s bad. Just not for the First Lady.

  • sunflower

    Gillian Jacobs already wore the runway version in May (featured on TLo) and it was really not good. FLOTUS’s version looks much better and is venue appropriate. I agree with the belt comment though.

  • Cubana Loca

    Her version is better than the runway version. But WTF on the hair? Awful.

  • AMartel

    Needs to rethink the hair.

  • Amel

    I like the runway version – this one looks better on her, but that one would’ve been more chic/interesting. And I think she can pull off some medium-level tricky looks. I don’t know about very tricky, she’s the FLOTUS so I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in anything very tricky

  • Michelle Lim

    Top or bottom, not won over. Top looks too upholstery like. Bottom looks like a picnic blanket.

  • mfinn001 .

    She looks like a man in drag