By Stephanie Lysaght, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Bringing back the brooch
Before the Democratic National Convention, a plethora of questions swirled around the blogosphere. Would Barack Obama finally win over Hillary Clintons most loyal supporters? Would Bill Clintons speech come off as sincere or forced? And most important of all, what would Michelle Obama wear?
Apparently, Mrs. Obama put considerable thought into that last question, and it really paid off. Her simple blue dress received rave reviews from giddy commenters on this website, and with her jeweled pin, she may have single-handedly brought back the brooch. Grandmas, guard your jewelry boxes.
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Accessories make the outfit
At this 2007 New Hampshire rally, both Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfreys simple slacks convey sophistication. Still, Michelle is the clear fashion winner. Why?
By cinching in her waist with a funky studded belt and adding a long beaded necklace, Michelle makes her simple outfit modern and fun.
Playing first lady
Clearly, this is not Obamas best look. This white on white ensemble, worn to a luncheon at the New York Historical Society in 2007, is decidedly matronly compared to Michelles usual playful aesthetic. Im guessing Michelle didnt pick this outfit herself. Luckily, the ladies who lunch look didnt last.
Airplanes and airports can reduce even the most devoted fashionistas to juicy-sweatsuit-and-Uggs-clad hobos. But not Michelle Obama. Even after a jam-packed week at the DNC, Michelle looks graceful and composed as she boards a plane in Denver. But I wonder if she has a duffel bag full of sweats and slippers waiting for her on that plane.
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Never blend in
Who says the first lady has to blend in? After her husband accepted the nomination at the Democratic convention in Denver, all eyes were on Michelle Obama and her multi-colored, festive frock.
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Sure, you dont want to be seen in the same outfit twice, but every aspiring fashionista needs a signature accessory thats all her own. For Michelle Obama, its her jeweled brooch.
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The softer side
Here, at the African American Caucus at the Democratic convention, Michelle Obama gets in touch with her flirty, bohemian side. Michelles flowered, tie-dyed top with frilly trim provides a soft and feminine contrast to some of her more structured looks.
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If youve got it, flaunt it!
At the Democratic convention’s Delegate Service Day, Obama and her daughters sported Support Our Troops T-shirts while they constructed care packages for the them.
Unlike her daughters, however, Michelle sneakily rolled up the arms of her tee to reveal her toned arms. Hey, she didnt clock all those hours at the gym for nothing!
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Try an updo
Michelle usually wears her hair down, but maybe she should put it up more often. This updo worn while Hillary Clinton spoke at the convention in Denver is very graceful.
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One part traditional, one part individual
Michelle Obama sported this ensemble at a women’s economic roundtable discussion, and it sums her up perfectly: One part traditional, one part individual.
Pearls, in general, scream first lady, but this multicolored, multi-strand is anything but conventional. Now thats the kind of change we can believe in.