The Reaction To Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Dress Was Earth Shattering
1:30 pm, January 21st | by Meredith Lepore
We have been counting the minutes until this moment. The 57th presidential inauguration is here! Forget the fact that President Obama is being sworn in and making history — Michelle Obama is wearing a dress. Well, right now she is wearing a coat over a dress because it is friggin’ cold but it’s still a great Thom Browne coat, and under that coat is a Thom Browne dress as well as J.Crew shoes and of course, those cute new bangs. The coverage of Michelle Obama’s inauguration style has been comprehensive, to say the least.
If you search for “Michelle Obama inauguration” right now you will get over 136,000 results. There is no doubt that Michelle Obama has truly been God’s gift to fashion. She has elevated so many designers’ profiles (Jason Wu was more like Jason Who before the last inaugurual ball) and companies (J.Crew should give her a cut of the profits) in her time as First Lady. For most designers, Michelle Obama is considered an even better get than a celebrity wearing one of their dresses to the Oscars. In a culture in which fashion and celebrity is everything, of course we are going to take an intelligent, super accomplished woman like Michelle O. and focus on her perfect J.Crew ensembles.
I love fashion and I think what Michelle Obama has done for women and style by perfecting the art of high-low dressing is great (and helps me get dressed for job interviews), but I also feel like the coverage can get a little obscene. During the election, everything Michelle (and Ann Romney) wore overshadowed anything they said. Their dresses were considered political weapons. When they both wore the same shade of pink to the second Presidential debate it literally sparked a national debate over “Who wore it best?”
I suppose if my outfit was going into the National Archives I would want it to look good too, but the national obession is a bit much. Ever the cool customer, Obama gets what people are really focusing on, too: “I love Michelle Obama,” President Obama told a crowd during an inauguration weekend speech. “And to address the most significant event of this weekend, I love her bangs. She looks good. She always looks good.”