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How to dress like the First Lady has become a topic of conversation since Michelle Obama at 45 became the youngest First Lady since Jackie Kennedy who was 31. Both women have been talked about as icons of style. Times have changed and so has fashion, but from my perspective, elegant and understated are what becomes a First Lady.

DO NOT WEAR SHORTS:  Good legs are a matter of opinion and not withstanding that judgment call, the legs of the First Lady should not be seen above the knee. Call me old-fashioned, but is a swimsuit photo next? Isn’t there a protocol person on staff at the White House that could suggest summer dresses and skirts are what becomes a First Lady?

HIRE AN IMAGE CONSULTANT:  I don’t mind a few of my tax dollars going towards an image consultant for Michelle Obama. The constant press about what she wears takes away from her actions which are more newsworthy and notable. Should we really be discussing the First Lady’s arms and legs?

DRESS UP:  When you are the wife of the President of the United States, I think you need to dress up, and not in J. Crew. You need to look as perfectly groomed as possible all of the time. Your job is 24/7 and image is an important part of it. You are not like the rest of us any more.

Photo Credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images



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      Feathermaye wrote Aug 24, 2009
    • I think it’s quite silly (not aimed at you, Marsha, just the hubbub in general) to criticize Mrs. Obama for her shorts. They were appropriate for the weather and the activity, and not at all inappropriate for her age or body style.

      While I agree that she is representative of the style and grace of her predecessors, I disagree that she has to be dressed up and perfectly groomed all the time. She's a real woman, a real mom, and a real wife. I think she deserves to be real comfortable  when she chooses.

      If Mr. President isn’t complaining, who are we to judge? estatic



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      Angelcart wrote Aug 24, 2009
    • I’ve been to the Grand Canyon.  Shorts are the thing to wear there.  Trust me!  Honestly, I really don’t see the big hoopla over a pair of shorts.  It’s not like she was at a state dinner.



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 24, 2009
    • I can’t understand the fuss - she has fab legs and she is on holiday.

      If she had gone to see a head of State then yes but on holiday with two small children at the Grandy Canyon - no biggie ....
      Also tailored walking shorts on a woman like her would look out of proportion ......

      Just my thoughts ..... trust me if our Prime Ministers wife donned shorts that would be an international incident her legs are chunky !



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      Mztracy wrote Aug 24, 2009
    • This whole issue has me laughing.

      With what is going on in the world and the media is talking about her wearing shorts!! Really!!

      She looks great, she’s on vacation.

      Sorry but this whole issue is ridiculous and a big waste of time!!



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      Kmarie wrote Aug 25, 2009
    • I do so agree with the above. Feathermaye you laid it out well, indeed.



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      Kyah wrote Sep 12, 2009
    • Different strokes for different folks. We‘re in the 21st century! I think it’s refreshing to see the First Lady on vacation in shorts, it doesn’t bother me in the least (it might have bothered me if they were Daisy Dukes or spandex eww!). J. Crew’s sales have increased since she mentioned that she wears clothes from that store. We‘re so used to seeing frumpy First Ladies, it’s nice to see one confident enough to bare her limbs in public.  

      They mentioned something about her shoes a while ago. I’m 5‘10” tall and Michelle’s close to it if not taller; if she feels uncomfortable in heels (like I do), why subject herself to the agony of the feet (and a potential embarrassing fall) just so she will look good in a photograph? When your feet hurt, everything else hurts!

      I’m glad to see that the Obamas are down-to-earth people and the world likes them for that as well. When they were in Russia, they didn’t care about what she was wearing, they were impressed by the fact she has a garden growing behind the White House.



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