There's such a thing as too much risk-taking. Someone I work with closely knows I am generally risk-averse, and that's pretty much true with my clothes, too. But I try to take risks from time to time, and I encourage clients to do the same. It's just clothes, I tell them — you always have the next day (or the next outfit, whichever comes first) to try again and get it right.
Well, I am not sure these rules apply to first ladies. I don't want to watch another Laura Bush for four years. I think Michelle O generally gets it right. But I might have gone for a little more restraint on this first European outing. After all, I think it's gracious for a guest to let a host shine. (You could argue the reverse, I guess, as well.)
So: big fat flop with the asymmetrical cardi in London. Cute, yes. Great for one of those elementary school trips she's being doing here in DC. But not so great for a hugely photographed visit with Sarah Brown (whose own apparently custom made suit was a fashion disaster — way, way too tight).
To me, this flowered coat looks a little upholstery, a little faddish, and a little silly. (But I'm torn, because it's also kind of cute. I guess I abstain on this one, but I do think that after all the fuss in London, something more simple might have been better for her.) Carla Bruni, while beautiful, looked a little drab. From what I've read, she's a sensible, gracious person, and probably wanted her guest to have the limelight.
All that said, give the lady a break. She's taking risks, and bravo to her for doing it. I'd just recommend tempering that with a little restraint from time to time, especially when the stakes are so high.
(And a PS — love both how she and the Queen were so affectionate toward each other, and how much fuss it created.)
What do you think? Is Michelle Obama getting it right or making too many mistakes? I'd love to hear what you think.