Michelle Obama has been getting mixed reviews from some of her most ardent fans on the floral print Thakoon Panichgul dresses she has been wearing lately. Although I am thrilled with the boost Thakoon is getting, this ardent fan is not too thrilled with the prints on Michelle even though I do like the shape of the dresses. All a matter of taste of course, but since this ardent fan also runs a fashion and beauty blog, she could not resist the urge to pick out a few things for her BFF in her head to wear on the campaign trail and beyond - from luncheons and fundraisers to forums and speeches at colleges and talk show appearances.
I've heard it said, She doesn't need a stylist. She has her own style. Well, don't we all! It's not as if the notion of a stylist is insulting. It is only problematic if a person is styled within an inch of their life and not able to open their closet without calling for help and making decisions on their own. I don't think it has to be that extreme and I don't agree with the notion that Michelle Obama or any of us don't "need" any help. For instance, Michelle's long-time friend (and trusted Obama campaign senior advisor) Valerie Jarrett is featured in the October 2008 issue of Vogue. Valerie Jarrett is a nice-looking woman who told Vogue that she tends to go with "conservative" looks by Valentino and Calvin Klein, but her law student daughter helped her pick out the gorgeous silk wool floral jacquard Oscar de la Renta dress that she is wearing in the article.
Now, I am not a fashion stylist. That is not the spirit of this article. I'm thinking in terms of shopping with a girlfriend, not unlike I do with my buddy Nicole (Girl, You Can Wear It With Jeans!) Heck, I have a cosmetology license and I have been writing beauty and fashion articles for years - and I can use all the help I can get! That is part of the reason I write my blogs and interview experts in various fields. My goal is to help you as I help myself.
Feel free to chime in of course with your own friendly fashion suggestions for Michelle. Not that I had to ask, right?
Tory Burch Intarsia Knit Dress $395.00. Rachel Roy Sioux Dress $1095.00 (I met Rachel Roy briefly just after New York Fashion Week and she seems really nice - and she's an Obama supporter. Maybe she can just give Michelle this dress if she hasn't already!)
J. Crew Jacinda Jacket in Honey Glaze $148.00. J.Crew Dream Silvie Dress $138.00. J. Crew Perfect-Fit Long Sleeved Crewneck Tee $24.50 and Sparkle Plaid Tweed Pencil Skirt $175.00. J. Crew Cashmere Audrey Dress $248.00.