Michelle Obama in Reed Krakoff

Posted on June 04, 2011

Shelley O once again gave us a dress to talk about, bless her. We were talking to a fashion editor recently and when Michelle’s name came up, this editor essentially repeated what we’ve always said about her: She gets it wrong a LOT, but she’s the most adventurous (in terms of fashion) First Lady in our lifetimes. Even the sainted Jackie didn’t take as many style risks as Michelle does (although Jackie almost never got it wrong).

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Pritzker Architecture Prize Event in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama is wearing a Reed Krakoff dress.

Reed Krakoff Spring 2011 Collection/Model: Iris Strubegger

What a fabulous dress — on the model. It appears one too many “First Lady appropriate” changes was made and to our eyes, it ruined the look. If you can’t, for whatever reasons (body type, image, propriety) wear this dress with the belt slung low the way it was intended to be worn, then you shouldn’t wear the dress. Resorting to her standard underboob belt was a really bad idea here. In addition, the slit was moved to the back of the skirt and there appears to have been some skin showing on the model up around the straps, which appear to be more firmly and traditionally attached on Michelle’s version. The color looks fantastic on her and we really love the leather straps and how they frame her upper half. But restricting the flow of the dress by firmly belting it so high took all the interest and chicness out of it

[Photo Credit: getty, style.com]

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