Don’t know about you, but I’ve really enjoyed watching what Michelle Obama has worn since she’s been at the White House. Like Jackie O and Princess Diana, Michelle has developed a fabulous signature style that’s fresh and modern.
It’s been exciting to watch her step out in bold new looks that have truly redefined how a powerful woman should dress.
No one knows her look better than Kate Betts. Kate is the author of Everday Icon- Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. She was in Toronto recently and I ( Deborah) got the chance to hear her speak about The First Lady of Style.
Kate pointed out that upon entering The White House Michelle softened her style. She embraced the image of mom in chief and girlfriend and started dressing more casually.
In fact, she is the most casual first lady we have ever had! Michelle’s JCrew outfits have made fashion more accessible and helped women feel connected to her. But most of all, she has redefined what is appropriate for a woman in her position to wear.
Just think about all the things that she has brought to power dressing, including:
- sleeveless dresses
- cardigans instead of suit jackets
- flats instead of heels
- vivid colors instead of conservative colors
- big accessories that have personality like her signature wide belts
- bare legs instead of hose
- floral print dresses
- bold costume jewelry
Kate says Michelle Obama has made powerful more feminine. I agree, and add, she has also made powerful more interesting and a whole lot more fun!
I can’t applaud her enough for her use of vibrant colors and her classic silhouettes, which are so clean lined and chic. I also love that she plays with her accessories (although must admit those wide warrior belts that sit high underneath her bust are…. enough already! – guess that’s her creative side coming out)
Let me know what you think about Michelle Obama style. Is it modern and powerful, or not your cup of tea?
Oh, and here are a few photos of the attendees at the event — a peek at what women 40, 50,60 and beyond are wearing to these types of functions. Cheers!