Michelle Obama at the 2014 State of the Union in Azzedine Alaïa

Posted on January 29, 2014

We always feel a little weird talking about what the First Lady wore to the State of the Union address. We never mind discussing her fashion when she’s performing duties more akin to 19th Century socialites (which is really what the FLOTUS job is modeled after) like hosting parties or performing charity work. But when she’s at an important function of government, especially at such a bitterly partisan time in our country, we always want to shy away from talking about it. But people kept asking us on twitter if we were going to live-blog the address (HELL no) and when we did put out one tweet identifying the designer, we got slapped in the face with angry tweets in response. A blogguh can’t win.

But here:

First Lady Michelle Obama attends the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. in an Azzedine Alaïa forest green dress and coat.

It’s a beautiful color on her. She likes that full-skirted silhouette for herself way more than we do, but she’s probably trying to look as traditionally feminine as possible without looking too glamorous. On that note, we think the sparkle was a bit much for this event. It’s not scandalously shiny or anything, but it’s the one aspect of the look we find ourselves wishing she’d toned down. People are trying to divine all sorts of meaning as to why she’s not wearing an American designer, but we can’t be bothered. It honestly never even registered with us until several pieces popped up pointing it out.

Bottom line: She looks good. It’s a serious look, befitting the occasion, but with just enough personality to it to make her stand out in the crowd.





[Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images]

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