5 Style Tips From Michelle Obama That Will Make You Feel & Look Good


michelle obamaThe Stir's Tracy Odell spent an afternoon at the White House with Michelle Obama and discussed everything from raising tween girls to staying balanced to changing the world. They also talked about beauty and style and how the First Lady, as a busy mom, finds time to always look her best.

Mrs. Obama is a real style icon, but the very real and practical strategies she uses to look good as First Lady are the same tips all moms can use. She has the same insecurities and concerns about how she looks as we do, but if we follow her five solid tips for looking good and feeling good, we too can shine in our own skin.

Here's her advice:

  1. Mix it up. Michelle says she likes to support all kinds of designers -- we've seen her wear dresses from Target one day, then a designer frock the next. We like the variety!
  2. Wear what you love. This is an easy one!
  3. Be practical about what you wear. Mrs. O says she checks the weather and her schedule before deciding on an outfit. If she's playing in the grass with kids, she's probably not going to choose a skirt or a revealing top.
  4. The perfect shirt is critical. Make sure you can move and feel good in one investment blouse.
  5. Don’t obsess about your clothes, be practical about them, and make the people around you your focus. This was what Michelle harped on the most. Seems like being comfortable is the most important part about being stylish. A great outfit allows us to be ourselves and to focus on the important things; a terrible one makes us worry if our stomach rolls are showing, or if a nip might slip, or if our butt looks OK.

The First Lady is a busy mom with an overflowing plate, so it makes sense that her fashion choices have more to do with feeling good than necessarily looking good. Her advice is sensible and more or less easy to follow -- sounds like we should keep things simple and not stress too much.

What's your motto when choosing an outfit in the morning?


Official White House photo courtesy of Chuck Kennedy

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kelly... kellydb454

I like the first Lady Michelle. She is nice, intelligent, and seems to fit right in to the role of First Lady. I think she is doing a remarkable job in her role & supports very worthy causes. Plus, she has great style,and has been known to wear simple,trendy,wardrobe that the general public can also order or mimic easily. She is great mom wife & First lady:))

CoolR... CoolRelax

Michelle O does have some great style - but she also has a great figure.  Makes it easier to get dressed in the morning.  Very classy yet still attainable.

Morri... MorriganzMommy

She is very practical and she is not a typical first lady. She will wear the same dress twice. She doesn't over spend yet she always looks her best.

nonmember avatar Fred1

Obama doesn't have enough class to be a first lady. None whatsoever. Look at her. She even looks evil.

Fred36 Fred36

Michelle Obama doesn't have enough class to be a first lady. None whatsoever. That's one of many reasons why Americans and foreigners reject her and consider the first lady's post suspended until she and her husband are booted out of office next year. Look at her. She even looks evil.

soraya14 soraya14

Fred36 i think you're a hater but then again, you are entitle to your own opininion.

Karen... Karens_mommy

Yes be practical about clothing so you can spend on heavily on big ticket items like several vacations per year. Oh wait, that is at taxpayer exspense, not hers, nevermind....

Richard Leonardon

What a puff piece. Next thing you'll do is ask her how much milk she puts in her coffee each morning.

Vikki Jaskolka Cerbin

How condescending. Like I really want fashion advice from her.

nonmember avatar Michelle Pawl

Obama has no class, she dresses like a 10 year old and most of the stuff that you see her in makes her look like common TRASH. The dress that she is wearing above is hideous.

Her comments about the United States are appalling, her and the husband have so much contempt it's sickening.

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