Michelle Obama Proves Older Women Should Stick to Khakis

Lindsay Mannering
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michelle obama icarlyMichelle Obama filmed a guest-spot on Nickelodeon's iCarly earlier this week to promote her new initiate Joining Forces, a program aimed at giving our service members the support and opportunities they deserve. Mrs. Obama always captures our attention whenever she steps out -- we love her style -- but her outfit choice for this occasion left me with one question: are colored pants appropriate for women over a certain age?

The First Lady wore chimney-red pants, a black and white print short-sleeved blouse, and metallic flats. And to be honest, I'm not sure where I come down on this.

As a child growing up in the South, colored pants were all my mom dressed me in. Green ones, yellow ones, Nantucket red ones, blue ones, ones with stars, ones with whales, ones with rainbows, you get the point. As I grew up, I grew out of the assortment of Skittles-colored pants and graduated to, you know, the khakis, black pants, and jeans.

It wasn't until college that I started seeing dudes in red pants. I just thought it was a kids' thing! The history of the red pant is a boring one, but proves that wearing a little color below the belt is a time-worn tradition, and one adults have taken part in for some time. I guess everyone knew that except me.

So seeing Michelle in red trousers has me rethinking my previously held notion. While I'm not a huge fan of her outfit here, I wouldn't say that she looks bad. A little haphazard maybe, but nothing too horrendous. I don't think I would ever wear colored pants (expect that I did, a few years ago, and someone was so horrified that they took a photo of me and I burned the banana pants that night in my kitchen sink, so let's forget that ever happened, mmk?) ... where was I? Right. I don't think I'd wear colored pants (again) now that I'm of a certain age.

Do you think colored pants are OK for the over-4-years-old set?


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