What you see at left is not a mirage. It's Michelle Obama visiting Westminster Abbey in London yesterday in a rather interesting getup. The tunic — with rows of appliqué ranging from flowers to what look like plastic leis to we don't even know what, paired with a checkered belt with a bright-purple buckle, worn over pants and under two cardigans in lavender and bright yellow — has caused the Daily Mail to dub her the "First Lady of flamboyance." It's unclear why Michelle decided to layer herself to the point of near suffocation. Maybe she was cold? But she wore less than that on Inauguration Day, when it was colder, so that seems unlikely.
So maybe she was just taking a risk and having fun with spring colors. Maybe it's an art project by one of the children she's visited and she's wearing it to be nice. Whatever her thought process, even the nearly perfect people of this world will wear eyebrow-raising outfits from time to time. We all make sartorial mistakes. Just think of your youth! Maybe you wore scrunchies every day. Or floral biker shorts with black-lace trim. Or those neon reflective sunglasses Jay tried (and failed) to bring back in an early episode of The City. So Michelle wore an unflattering tunic. She wore a charming Hussein Chalayan number the other day, also. And has worn innumerable lovely outfits in the past. Also, Michelle pays attention to what people say about her clothes. She quickly broke out the long sleeves after nearly everyone in Washington made a fuss over her bare arms. By tomorrow she'll probably have digested the headlines and chosen something splendid to wear, as usual. We do hope, however, that she eases up on the chunky waist belts. She looks divine without them. And the power of simplicity, as this outfit proves, must not be underestimated.
See more of Michelle's looks from her European vacation in the Michelle Obama Look Book.
Most Viewed Stories
Brad Pitt Fights Back Against Angelina Jolie and Her Plot to ‘Destroy’ Him
Looks Like Kate Middleton Is Enjoying the View in Canada
Trump Campaign Manager Accidentally Refers to His ‘Abuse’ of Women on Live TV
Megyn Kelly Roasts Trump’s Campaign Manager for Claiming He Doesn’t Make Sexist Comments
What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump
Finally Someone Called Donald Trump a Giant Baby and It Was Michelle Obama
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
The Best Part of Being a Royal Is Getting to Pet Bunnies
Prince Married to Commoner Still Too Good to Tweet
Democratic Women Senators Are Very Concerned About Donald Trump’s Weight
From Our Partners
The Zoe Report
Who What Wear
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.