This is about fashion vs. style.
Here’s the thing about World Famous Fashion Icon and Busy Mom™ (-in-Chief) Michelle Obama’s fashion choices. I find it amazing that whenever she puts on a high-profile outfit, there’s a run on the stores to buy it or a similar knock-off. She’s got fashion all right but what is her personal style?Aside from the obvious boob belts/arm pits/ shiny legs, there are no unifying elements to her choices except ill-fitting, non-flattering too-young-or-her-age. That’s why you see the herd rushing out to buy specific pieces to emulate her look, but you don’t see people on the streets adopting her “style”. Where are the boob belts? Whither the tiny cardigans? God in his mercy has spared us a nation of bare arms and exposed pits.
Here’s the thing about Ann Romney. She has a personal style and it is classic, flattering to her body and age-appropriate. I doubt very much if you are going to see fans of her style rushing off to Talbot’s to buy a belt or a shirt dress. That’s because people who recognize her style understand that they don’t have to duplicate her look 100% but can adapt the element in a piece that suits them. Sure there’s the occasional fish shirt* but I doubt very much if we’re going to be seeing that kind of thing at WH events.
I won’t put up side by side DNC/RNC speech dresses – that comparison is all over the place. Let’s look at this instead:
There’s a lot of pictures of that purple hug from different angles. He was actually patting her back.
Anyway, when you start reading stories comparing public demand for MOO’s dresses and none for Ann’s, you’ll know the reason why.
*Likewise, MOO pulls off the occaisonal classy appearance. This when a well-known designer such as M Koors** or N Kahn imposes his will completely on her.
** This is what her pshopped portrait looks like in that dress compared to what she really looked like in it.