everyone has put their two cents in regarding the outfit michelle obama wore to the inauguration. so here's ours! first of all, great choice all around. we love isabel toledo's work. we also love her husband ruben toledo's work, especially his fashion illustrations. secondly, we love the color of the outfit. it suits the occasion, michelle's skin color, and everything it represents—optimism, hope, happiness, sunny, sunshine, spring, summer, etc etc. and it's a great way for her to introduce herself to the world. we even liked the choice of shoes and gloves (but wasn't she freezing with those bare legs??). now here comes the critique. first of all, it was too sprarkly. with an attention-getting shade like that (call it lemongrass, not maize please), you don't need any more borloloy (or bling whatever) to make it stand out. plus it was a daytime event. (well, in fairness, a day-to-evening event.) the fabric had some sort of shiny overlay or had some beading or sequins. if we bought this ensemble, we probably wouldn't wear the shift and coat together; we'd break it up. we thought that sparkly neck thing was not necessary. secondly, the length of the coat—it could've used a little hemming. it looked dowdy from where we were in front of our TV set. in our opinion, it should've been slightly shorter than the dress—it would've looked more flattering. as it is, michelle is a big woman and that length just made her look gigantic, with the coat swishing and flapping about her as she walked. having said all that, brava, michelle! welcome to the white house!
what did YOU think??
(photo credit: nydailynews.com)