The dress which Michele Obama wore for the inauguration was “half-way better” than the other things she has been wearing.
Finally, someone told her to lower her hemlines! Michele is not 25 years old. Her figure is not that of a 25-year-old, and she needs to get used to that. Furthermore, since she is in Washington, DC, which is a conservative, basically Southern city (yeah, well, get over it — I grew up in the South; moved to DC and thought I was in the North; and then came to New York City, and realized that DC is a very lovely provincial Southern city, and that, furthermore, Washington, DC is a very conservative town — we might be able to avoid the “Southern”, if you like, but you will never be able to get past the “conservative” and “traditional”, and there is nothing wrong with that)
Establishment Washington does not really want to see the inside of Michele’s thighs (what we saw during the campaign was too much, too ugly, too disgusting — I am not a man, and women are the majority, population-wise, in this country, and, disregarding minority ideas about appropriate dress, I would say that most people in the country probably do not really want to see the inside of Michele’s thighs)
Thank heaven Michele’s designer lowered the hem on her inauguration day dress.
Now, I do not know whose idea it is for Michele Obama to wear empire line dresses — this a very big mistake. The woman has a pear-shape and an empire line has never been good on pear shapes — it just calls attention to the biggest part, and gives an unbalanced look. (Now, if one is in a position where huge hips are the ideal, i.e., a working situation, that kind of dress might be considered a conservative come-on, but, if one is the First Lady, it is just a very sad fashion choice) Fortunately, Michele’s designer included a coat which seemed to have padded shoulders (to accommodate the lady’s narrow shoulders aggravated by poor posture), and balanced out the hip issue that the empire-line dress underneath would have emphasized.
Michele’s ball gown was superb, regardless of what anyone else says… okay, it was white, like a bride — well, she is the bride of the President (yeah, she could have chosen another color, but, so what? Isn’t the First Lady supposed to shine like diamonds? Wouldn’t everyone have complained about any color she had chosen, anyway?) The dress was one of the best she has ever worn in public — it emphasized her waist, and, with the full skirt, it de-emphasized her hips, making her look more balanced and formal.
The frocks that we have seen on Michele since she became First Lady have been much more appropriate than anything that we saw while she was on the campaign trail (some of us might have been tempted to wonder what the agenda of the Obama campaign was when we saw the Sharon Stone view a time too many — somebody please teach Michele how to close her FAT knees, and, if her thighs are too fat to let her close her fat knees, to wear longer skirts, which will be more graceful and less …. uh…. revealing. I do not really need to know the color of the First Lady’s undergarments!) Michele’s new dresses have been mostly “shirt-waists”, meaning, they start at the neck (non-cleavage showing — we are NOT in Brazil, yes?), go fitted down to the waist, then, from the waist are gathered to accomodate her “ample hips”.The new dresses also go to a below knee length, more in keeping with the office which her husband holds, and with her age. This style is more flattering to her pear-shaped figure, giving her a waistline, calling more attention to her shoulders and bustline (too bad she has such rounded shoulders — probably a result of being embarrassed about being tall — I, myself, at 5’10″ had to fight that one — Hey!, Michele! take some Pilates classes!!!)
The only thing I agree with the New York newspaper critics (who seem to think that the First Lady should wear fanny-exposing mini-dresses, while they, themselves, do seem more demure than that) is that the First Lady would do better in bright solid-color dresses.
So, some bright solid-color shirtwaist dressed with some very nice statement pieces of jewelry. That would draw attention to her chest area, and away from her hips (I don’t care what her ethnic group thinks is PHAT, Michele is supposed to be a representative of all American women, not just 12 %; she is the First Lady, and her hips do not need to be the first thing we notice.)
Let’s just face it. Regardless of what Michele’s gyn says, she is at that age where her lower middle half is going to keep getting bigger, and the rest of her is going to follow it if she doesn’t do something about it. Our bodies change as we grow older, and women in their 40s are in a precarious place, where hormones, or lack thereof, conspire against us. (We have choices, and some of us choose to continue our lifestyles and let nature do what it will, while others of us choose to revise our lifestyles and continue to enjoy a healthful lifestyle)
Michele should get herself a good conservative stylist who will dress her in clothes that will call attention to her good points – her height, her smile, and her skinny calves. Meanwhile, it is time to get a personal trainer into the White House, so that Michele can tone up her arms and work on any other parts she thinks she is willing to tone up. A nutritionist might also be in order, so that she can learn new ways to eat to effectively manage her “changing body” and hormonal changes..