Did you SEE Michelle Obama at the Kids Choice awards? You didn’t? Oh. Well, let me play it back to you.Michelle O., also known as the first lady of the United States, walked -- no, strutted -- onto the Nickelodeon stage this past weekend in a deep V-neck metallic houndstooth top, pointy black patent leather stilettos, and a pair of slick, skin-tight metallic gunmetal skinny jeans.
We’ve come to expect Michelle Obama to be on the edgier side of Washington fashion (which, having lived in Washington for 10 years, I realize is not hard to do). Furthermore, skinny jeans have more or less had their “moment” in the fashion world, and are now pretty much a staple in the closet of the average American woman.
I’m in graduate school, and my classmates and I often rock skinnies on our most casual days. So why was I so surprised to see the first lady in my favorite wardrobe staple?
If we've learned anything in the past three years of watching Mrs. O and her magical wardrobe, it’s that the rules of fashion are pretty strict when you’re the wife of a president. Granted, those particular rules aren’t actually written down anywhere, unless the wives of the Founding Fathers authored an early version of the Little Black Book of Style.
But ever since Michelle and her super sheath dress appeared on the national stage, fashion critics and politicos alike have come to a consensus on what isn’t acceptable attire for residents of the White House. No bare arms. No bare legs. No designer sneakers.
Most surprising of all, though, is the silence of the politicos and pundits who usually take pride in panning the first lady’s fashion choices. In searching for commentary on her latest look, I found nothing but fashion blogs declaring that she either “rocked,” “killed it,” or “totally owned” the night.
Naysayers also found Mrs. Obama’s Lanvin sneakers a bit too flashy, particularly when she was spotted wearing them at a food bank. And who can forget the obsession over those arms: How did she get them, and why on earth wouldn’t she cover them up?
But fast forward to 2012, and here we are: Michelle Obama wears skinny jeans, and no one makes a peep.
Whatever the case, it’s comforting to know that the first lady still hasn’t compromised her bold sense of style. And because of that, she’ll keep giving us delicious little surprises to feast on.
So what that I died a little bit when I saw her, who wouldn't want a first lady who makes you feel so alive?