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Michelle Obama -- Fashion Diva or Disaster?

4/4/2009 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sweatergate 2009! Michelle Obama wore a sweater when she met with Queen Elizabeth II this week, and her wardrobe choice has kicked up major drama in the fashion world.

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The First Lady often wears affordable American brand clothes to events, and apparently Oscar de la Renta isn't happy about it. He told Women's Wear Daily, "You don't...go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater."

But in this economy, if the First Lady wears clothes most Americans can afford -- isn't that a good thing?

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hahahaha!    

Unbelievable that Michelle wearing American made affordable clothes is somehow in poor taste. I'm sure if she were wearing some $4000 designer outfit she'd just get lambasted for her spending while most of us struggle to make ends meet. I say good for her, and the Queen certainly didn't seem to have issues with her outfit.

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rach    

Disaster! She walks like a penguin too

1943 days ago
18.

What?    

Michelle looks absolutely stunning. The black and white attire, coupled with the sweeped hair and beads provides sense of sophiscation; however, the sweater makes her look elegant but approachable.

1943 days ago
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simonesdad2009    

#8 LooooL
That's a really unfortunate statement which speaks volumes about YOUR character. I will pray for you.

1943 days ago
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marilyn    

Oscar De La Renta needs to realize class is not in the stiching it is the person wearing the stiching. In a time when are boys are be killed in wars and we have a recession/depression going on repectively Michelle should not be over the top. This was not a formal dinner or a swearing in or any other formal event. America is proud of our President and First Lady and felt they represented America with class and inteligence. Michell is not a "model" for Oscar to pitch his designs she has a law degree for Gods sake. Oscar needs to get a grip and find the next divorce in Hollywood and wait for another white gown wedding he can slap on his "Deisgned in Italy made in Slave China"

1943 days ago
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BaldOuting.blogspot.com    

I think she is dressing very appropriately for what she is doing, visiting the Queen of England.

1943 days ago
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it's true    

MOST STYLISH, INTERESTING, AND BEAUTIFUL FIRST LADY SINCE JACQUELINE KENNEDY. she brings such grace and elegance to the whitehouse, makes me so proud.

1943 days ago
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Twinker    

You don't wear black when visiting royalty in Oprah's future home unless you are in mourning but hey, who cares. The Queen has been a fashion disaster herself over 95% of the time.

Anyway, the June Cleaver look is not flattering for our First Lady no matter what.

1943 days ago
24.

bitch please    

The "Queen"..... LMFAO!!!

Who cares about that old biddy???

She's lucky Michelle showed up at all!

1943 days ago
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Hilarious Comment Guy    

who the hell is oscar de la renta? i'm pretty sure oscar de la hoya could whip his ass

just sayin'

1943 days ago
26.

Amazed    

Both the Obamas have no style. She looks like a even more of a frump than the Queen. Maybe she wears horrible clothes to distract everyone from his big ears. Someone needs to teach her about style. You don't have to spend a lot to look stylish. They're embarrassing the entire country.

1943 days ago
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Izzy    

This is getting ridiculous. First she can't hug the queen and now she wasn't dressed right? Please. She has not done anything wrong. First, she looks beautiful and very chic, but in a very simple way. Did nothing worth reporting happen on this trip and that's why we're treated to this nonsense? Oscar needs to get over himself. He's bitter because it obviously doesn't take thousands and thousands of dollars to look good. Michelle Obama has shown us that. She looks perfect wearing designs that American women can actually afford and designs that women would actually wear. That's what's got Oscar's panties in a bunch.

1943 days ago
28.

Twinker    

The only one who looks great in that picture is President Obama. He is a very handsome man.

1943 days ago
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CinCal    

I find this very funny, did anyone get a look at what the prime ministers wife wore? now that was a blue disaster if there has ever been one! The reality is....The Queen is a joke..a figure head a sign of the classes. She lives in an unreality. I appreciate Mrs. Obama wearing the clothes she wears. She dresses tasteful and we should all be thankful that we dont get judged on a daily basis for the clothes we were. In todays world..fashion is and always has been shallow! Go Michelle!!!!!

1943 days ago
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Joanne    

I thought her outfit looks very nice.

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