Side note: Speaking of boots, do you see Sasha’s? A First Daughter of Style in the works for sure.
"All I know is that it's important for you to be true to yourselves, not to worry too much about what other people are going to think or make of your choices, because everyone will question what you do and tell you you should've done it the other way."
This may explain why the unnecessarily controversial photo was about her image and not the styles of Vogue or Annie Leibovitz. As you can see, I still do not understand what all of the fuss is about. Moving on, I’m sure one of the nation’s most fashionable colleges approved of this lovely red Maria Pinto fall 2009 dress and long strand of pearls. Grade: A.
The general consensus is that her expression is awkward. Please keep in mind that, although Lady O is stylish, Vogue is far from her playing field. How comfortable would you look posing for Vogue if you were a self-proclaimed “tomboy jock at heart”? It’s like me, a fashion assistant, posing for the cover of Popular Science.
Ok, she looks a little bemused. So what? Don’t all cover girls? Ok, it's airbrushed. Show me a Vogue cover-or any magazine-that isn't. Focus your eyes on the bigger picture. Observe the smart cover lines, the complimentary text color, and how the golden background brings out that gorgeous magenta dress and her skin tone. Plus, do your arms look like that?
Yes, the photos on the inside are better-which is usually the case in magazines- but those images are of her in her natural state: WORKING. That is her job, not posing for high fashion magazines.
If you were anticipating glamour, a wide open mouth, or controversy, well, you let yourself down. We should all know by now that this First Lady is not one to make a large-scale production of anything. Michelle Obama is a woman of simplicity, elegance, and grace, all of which are reflected in her pose, dress, and surroundings. The actual excitement was over a humble, accomplished, black woman being on the cover of a white, elitist, fashion magazine.
So, relax. Any way you look at it, this cover truly captures the essence of the First Lady: refined, poised, and stylish, yet a bit uneasy with her fashion icon status.
While I was hyperventilating over this news today, Michelle Obama stopped by Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care. I love that Lady O always gets dressed with her audience in mind. Like this winter white sweater under a tie-front top with green bows and charcoal slacks. Totally relaxed and approachable. Just what young people need, right?
Lady O returned Sunday evening keeping it real in pink and black Nikes. And I’m not mad at her.
Remember her taking it easy style at the Obama Staff Ball two weeks ago? For her visit to
So, no need to feel self-conscious about having your favs on heavy rotation. Mix and match like Michelle, and think: it’s just the First Lady in you.
(My gut says this is a J. Crew production. More info to follow.)