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The dress registry, so Michelle Obama and Oprah won’t wear the same gown

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While it’s beyond doubtful that Michelle Obama or Oprah would show up at the inauguration festivities in the same frock, a website called Dressregistry.com is determined to save other attendees from such sartorial similarities. The most memorable case of dress distress happened in 2006, when Laura Bush arrived at the Kennedy Center bash to see her red Oscar de la Renta gown on three other guests. (She promptly rushed off and changed into a black dress.)

The dress registry offers a list of 2009 nationwide inaugural events and fetes -- including the official Commander in Chief ball -- and the dresses that are already being worn by guests, who have submitted their outfits. Right now, there are picks that range from a formal Amsale blue gown to a cocktail-length black H&M dress. Some have pictures registered too.

The idea is actually smart, as formal stock won’t be abundant after the holidays in department stores or boutiques. Then again, is it really such a crime for two women to wear the same dress? The idea of running home to change sounds petty in light of the grandiosity of the occasion. I would opt for a vintage YSL tuxedo -- right -- and wink at the men for mirroring my look.

-- Monica Corcoran

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