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As an image consultant, I’ve been following First Ladies for many years.  Most of them are “adopted” by designers who educate them and dress them in the worldly and sophisticated manner deserving of the wife of the President of the United States.  Very few First Ladies came into the role with the look they left with, and Michelle Obama will probably be no exception.  Even Jackie Kennedy, known for her style, was taken under the wing of Oleg Cassini and groomed and shaped to become the fashion icon she was known to be.  She dressed in something close to a preppy style before becoming First Lady.  It is likely that Michelle will choose designers she likes, but I expect her style will evolve.  I loved her purple dress—it’s a great color for her; and Maria Pinto is a rising star.  The Victory Speech dress by Narciso Rodriguez missed the beat, and I wonder if someone is already advising Michelle about her attire.  The “line” of this dress was all wrong.  It makes her hips look much wider than they are, and it makes her tummy look like it protrudes.  Michelle has the most common figure flaw for women: wider at the “middle“—in other words, at the hips, waist and tummy.  I expect she liked the design, thinking the black line at the waist would make her waist look smaller.  It did, but at the same time, the red pattern was almost round; and round lines suggest roundness or fullness.  For her figure type, this would be a No No.  The colors were great, and I wish she had worn an all-red dress.  She would look divine!  Especially if she added red lipstick.  It would make her face pop and her eyes sparkle!

I’d also like to add (as a corporate image consultant) that in order to look more worldly and elegant, Michelle should consider suits in jewel tones.  She would look especially good in fuchsia, magenta, cherry red and more of thos wonderful violet colors she has already worn.  She should avoid orange and lime green, as they are food colors and not as classy as jewel tones.

Your thoughts?



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      AnneMarie Kimberling wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • All during the campaign, I was very impressed with Michelle’s wardrobe.... it was SIMPLE and CLASSY... and yet still feminine... However, the dress chose Tuesday night was a DISASTER!  It looked like someone through paint on her...  I agree, an all red dress would have been lovely - even all black...  It will be interesting to see what happens to her closet as they move to the big house...



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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • Thank goodness it wasn’t only me. She is such a beautiful woman and has a really good sence of self.  That dress was just not becoming at all. The jacket wouldn’t stay in place, which was truly driving me nuts.

      The dress, with it’s himbre look, was good in theory, but the reality left alot to be desired.



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • She will get to have her pick of designers now.

      Hey think of that. What designer would you choose???

      Girls, Valentino for me. He knows a womans curves. He is awesome!!!



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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • Something tells me Michelle won’t go over the top too much, unless there is an occassion.  She is a mom first and foremost.  

      Can you imagine?  Leap frog on the White House lawn again.  JFK and John John are smilin‘.  Just like the rest of us.



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      Coffeejoan wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • wow, i guess i’m so new here...but i haven’t even seen the dress you‘re all talking about...i fell asleep on the couch before all the votes were in...



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      Sandy Dumont wrote Nov 7, 2008
    • Darla,
      You‘re right. Valentino is one of several world-class designers who respects a woman’s figure and doesn’t design clothes that sometimes invite ridicule. Others who make well-tailored clothes that make a woman look curvy are Yves St. Laurent and Oscar de la Renta. They love to make women look beautiful rather than ridiculous.



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      Over40nfab1966 wrote Nov 8, 2008
    • That was a beautiful dress however, I am not sure WHO it would look good on.  You cannot have a belly, or hips.  Actually, I think it was overpowering...made her look taller than Barack.  She has to be careful that she doesn’t look like the boss, however, he says she is(LOL)



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      Over40nfab1966 wrote Nov 8, 2008
    • Her ‘flaw’ is also her heritage and of course as we get older, everything kind of goes to the bottom(lol)



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      Mochadoll wrote Apr 11, 2009
    • Michelle’s dress was just fine to me!

      I am very sorry to disagree with everyone but I think that Michelle Obama has very nice taste and the body to go along with it.

      First Ladies in the past were not as hippy nor had the full shape that Michelle has and I think that there is a bit of jealousy here on people’s end with her choice in fashion.  She is not on the trip that everyone expects or wants her to go on. She has the body for it at her age and I think that she has the right to show it off.  Not many woman have the curves and hips to wear ANY of these outfits so Michelle, my hat is off to you and let all the haters fall where they may!!!!

      Love ya!!!

      Karen



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