Sure, Inauguration Day was about swearing President Obama in for his second term, but fashionistas 'round the world had their attention turned to something else entirely for the past 48 hours: First Lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe, obvs! We waited with bated breath to know what she wore, who designed it, and how fabulous -- or not so fabulous -- it was, especially when compared to past looks.
Here, a run-down of her four highest-profile styles from Inauguration 2013 ...
For the private, quiet swearing-in ceremony that took place on Sunday, January 20 at the White House, Michelle donned a deep royal blue, A-line dress with a matching cardigan, both by American designer Reed Krakoff, who is the president and executive creative director of Coach, Inc. Although it was may have been the least "visible" -- since she only wore it for a short time during the brief Sunday ceremony -- the slightly retro look may have been my fave overall!
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Here's the look in action ...
The next day, we saw her in the preppy, custom navy jacquard coat and dress by suit designer Thom Browne, cinched at the waist with a glitzy rhinestone belt from J.Crew and bright purple gloves also by J.Crew (which both sold out online almost right away), paired initially with a low J.Crew heel and, later, with knee-high, suede, low-heeled boots by Reed Krakoff. It seemed like everyone adored this look, with the Crew gloves and belt selling out almost instantly, and Elle's Joe Zee tweeting: "@FLOTUS SO CHIC in her #ThomBrowne navy coat," Sandra Bernhard calling the coat "forward and brilliant," supermodel Lily Aldridge tweeting simply, "gorgeous," and designer Christian Siriano proclaimed the FLOTUS a fashion "legend." Score!
Then, for the inaugural balls, the FLOTUS wore a ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu (who created her memorable, white one-shoulder gown for the first inauguration in 2009). She paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes and a diamond-embellished ring by Kimberly McDonald for a look that was definitely wow-worthy. But something about the mixed materials of the dress -- and the not-all-that-flattering cut -- was a turnoff. Not my all-time fave look on the FLOTUS, but she was still stunning!
What was your favorite Inaugural look on the First Lady?