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Who knew the day would come when a rhinestone belt from J.Crew would hang in the Smithsonian. Well that day is here my friends. And we have Michelle Obama to thank for it. MObama blew me away with her 2013 inauguration outfit . In case you missed it, she donned a Thom Browne coat and dress, J.Crew belt and gloves, and Reed Krakoff black boots.

And she looked damn good.

It’s no secret I’m a big fashion fan of the First Lady. As I’ve said in the past, not every look is my fave, but her confidence wins me over every time.

For inauguration day, she seemed to get everything right. First, the jacket itself was structured, flattering, and modern. The cut cinched in at the waist and fell neatly over her lower half. The pattern was successfully neutral while still remaining interesting. Plus, the vertical seams offered a slimming effect. The belt gave the overall ensemble a dash of glamour, while the magenta gloves stood out as a dramatic–yet not overwhelming–pop of color. And to finish it off, the boots she chose were sophisticated and semi-easy to walk in. Overall, she appeared modern and well-tailored. Two things every woman should strive for.

jill biden

Jill Biden, on the other hand, made me a little sad. I rarely give negative criticism to specific people on this blog, but I feel like there’s a lesson to be learned here. Dr. Biden is a beautiful woman, but she seems to often miss the mark when it comes to her wardrobe. Today was no exception. The dress, while pretty, looked too cutesy for her, while the coat was flimsy and too mother-of-the-bride. Plus, she could have benefited from a dark grey or black tight instead of opting for bare legs. It would have elongated her legs, and provided a more streamlined look. And I think she should cut her hair. It’s time, Jill.

But overall, congrats to the ladies of the inauguration! Can’t wait for four more years of Mrs. O.

MObama loves a good (naeem khan) print

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Michelle Obama flaunted a printed gown tonight at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The dress is by Naeem Khan. I love it. Do you? (Also really feeling the wavy hair!)

Check out more of MObama’s looks here.

MObama rocks some color, color, and more color

MObama has been making the rounds lately to promote the anniversary of her Let’s Move campaign. Since I’m a huge fan of the First Lady’s style, I was psyched to see the choices she made for each appearance.

These are two of my faves. And also two fabulous examples of how to incorporate color into your look this spring.

The first, from the Jay Leno show, shows off a popular way to rock color for those who want to wear it, but don’t want to WEAR it. Make sense? Michelle teams a color with a neutral. Color with a neutral. Repeat it to yourself. It’s a match made in heaven. While her top is technically a matte gold, it still serves as a muted tone. The neutral works to ground the whole look, while still letting the exciting hue take the spotlight. This is a perfect way to introduce color into your wardrobe, one step at a time.

The second look is a bit more adventurous. Here she has a whole lot of color going on, from the shoes to the pants to the top to the jacket. But it works for her, a.) because of her confidence, and b.) because she manages to choose colors that all complement each other in some way. Plus, the dark navy pants serve as a foundation, grounding everything else.

Colors are not easy. I get that. And even I would probably have some comfort issues rocking the second look. But it’s still something to learn from, so that color won’t be so scary come spring.

(P.S. some of my favorite colorful pieces are happening at J.Crew right now, which just so happens to be one of MObama’s fave retailers. Check it out some fresh options here and here.)

Have specific concerns about wearing color? Hit me up in the comments, or on FB or Twitter!

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A note on Michelle..

At Sunday night’s Kennedy Center Honors, Michelle Obama basically stole the entire show in a beyond stunning blue gown from Vera Wang. It was yet another unforgettable style moment from the First Lady.

It’s no secret that I adore MObama’s style. I make a point to highlight my new favorites whenever they come along. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention exactly why I like Michelle’s style so much. It’s not that I think everything she wears is perfect; on the contrary, I have commented on some major faux pas. But regardless of the specific outfit, she truly appears to feel good about herself and what she’s wearing.

I came across this blurb on, which sums up a lot of the same feeling I have towards Michelle Obama’s style. It’s a quote from Sally Singer, editor at T Magazine:

“It’s the first time I can think of that a celebrity has inspired people to think a different way about dressing, as opposed to dressing like them. … You want to have that idea, that you can be confident enough to bare your arms, or you can be confident enough to put a cardigan belted over a dress and not have to go to a jacket. [Michelle Obama] allows women to think about ideas of styling themselves instead of literally following what she does, and I think that’s so fascinating.”

Bingo. MObama exudes confidence in everything she puts on, and inspires us to think outside the sartorial box. And for that, I thank her.

MObama at the US Open… in an open kind of shirt

My girl MObama stopped by the US Open yesterday, which excited me beyond belief when I saw her on my TV screen waving at the camera. From the brief shot, I could tell she was wearing some sort of red along with an armful of fun bangles. Cute, for sure.

But when I found a pic online of her full ensemble, I was saddened to find that it looked like this:

It’s no secret that I adore the First Lady’s style, however, this was the first time I stopped and thought… whu?

The red on red is quite chic, and I love the mixing of a pattern in there somewhere. That said, I just don’t understand what’s going on with the layers. Is she wearing the top backwards? Bottom line, I give her A+ for color choice and risk-taking, but the result is sadly a fail. C’mon Michelle!

What do you think of the First Lady’s US Open look? Avant-garde, or just plain messy?

Let me know in the comments section below, or share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

MObama’s summer style

I’ve been so sidetracked by the sartorial choices of Duchess Kate that I’ve been neglecting one of my favorite style aces, Michelle Obama.

The First Lady has been out and about in a bunch of summer-perfect dresses, all accented at the waist.

A belt is such an easy way to add punch to a dress, especially when it’s just too hot for necklaces or heavy bracelets. Plus, it makes you look slimmer!

From vintage-esque gold to edgy studs, MObama knows how to use a belt to successfully accent both her look and her figure. Well played, Michelle.

MObama Moment

Michelle Obama stepped out for date night in D.C., and I have to say, the First Lady looks HOT. Wide-leg pants topped by a structured jacket creates a modern, downtown look that’s both on-trend and sophisticated. And the blue clutch makes you look twice, in a good way.


Obama Moment

Zero + Maria Cornejo top, belt, and pants, March 21 2011

Michelle Obama on The Today Show… in those pops o’ color

Michelle Obama just miraculously appeared on my television wearing a black and white dress jazzed up with a red belt and yellow shoes. She must be taking my advice on how accents of color can spice up your closet.

Check out what other colorful accessories you can use with your winter wardrobe.

Obama moment

Red belted sweater, leggings, and furry snow boots, Dec. 17 2010