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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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Byron    

Oscar de le Renta is just pissed because, shes not wearing his clothes she looks great!!

2030 days ago
107.

Melissa    

Michelle Obama lacks the class that a first lady should possess. Her husband lacks the leadership skills that a president should possess. They are just attractive and charismatic, that's it.Those two qualities can get you VERY far in this world!

2030 days ago
108.

revluc    

it is really sad she thinks this an appropriate way to dress for this kind of meeting.

2030 days ago
109.

Amy    

Has anyone considered how she felt? I know if I were in her shoes (even though I can't imagine it), I would want to wear something that I felt comfortable in, Something that was classic and not offensive nor over the top. Very conservative and classy.

2030 days ago
110.

REYNA    

F*** THE QUEEN.. WHO THE HELL DOES THAT OLD BITCH THINK SHE IS,... SITTING AT HOME ALL DAY DOING NOTHING WHILE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TRYS TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT,,WHO THE HELL DOES THAT OLD HAD THINK SHE IS.. SHE SHOULD BOW DOWN LIKE THE WHITE TRASH THAT SHE IS AND KISS HIS FEET..... AND MICHELLE LOOKS AMAZING,.... PERFECT....

2030 days ago
111.

Kasar99    

Did she ever talk about having fashion sense?
I mean she isn't wearing a $300k outfit like McCain's wife does, but she's not as much of a trophy wife either.

2030 days ago
112.

lls    

Reyna ~ What a racist pig you are!!!!! Not to mention, a f!cking idiot. How dare you refer to anyone as "white trash". She is the Queen of England and has more class in her pinky than you will ever have.


Go sit on your stoop and wait for you government check!

2030 days ago
113.

kbabe    

This inept woman is a disgrace to our country. Look at that FUGLY face. NO CLASS WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!!!!! She should have taken a lesoon from the fashionable Laura Bush. IDIOT!!!!!!

2030 days ago
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Woody McBreairty    

I am surprised sometimes at her wardrobe choices. She has the ability to look stunning in whatever she wears, however some of her outfits just don't cut it, especially for the particular occassion. I think the French first lady outdid Michelle Obama every time Too bad. But still, I think Michele Obama is very chic, elegant, well spoken, fashionable and distinguished. I know that most Americans are proud that she is the First Lady of our Land.

2030 days ago
115.

3dogs10legs    

The Obama's look wonderful. If the Queen's "people" gets their panties in a knot over Mrs. Obama's choice of clothing who really cares.
To the person who left comment #71: You made the statement that "we've already had stupid for far too long" but you spelled the word recognize wrong and a lot is actually two words, not one. Before you call people stupid you may want to learn how to spell.

2030 days ago
116.

LH    

I am a volunteer raising awareness about HUNGER IN AMERICA. I am not educating people about the indigent drunkards and drug addicts lying out on the public streets - there are plenty of non-profit organizations who specialize in catering to their needs. I am talking about the "new hungry people". They are the senior citizens who have contributed to our American economy during most of their lifetime. Today, they are forced to live on a fixed income - averages to be about $850.00 per month. Out of that they need to pay for their rent, utilities, and medications elder people require to deal with aging. Instead of bashing Michelle Obama's sweater-girl look, please have a look around you and see that there are many people struggling and unstable without food and affordable shelter. Answer President Barack Obama's suggestion that Americans become in volunteerism - feeding and sheltering those living on the margins of our society is far more valuable than griping about Her Royal Highness Elizabeth's grandmotherly-looking clothes and Michelle Obama's lack of decorum in faraway countries. Our country is in an economic crisis. Our leaders have permitted the rich and the famous to fleece us for a very long time. What was once sent around - is coming back around. During President Ronald Reagan's reign, Nancy wore Oscar de la Renta day and night. American taxpayers footed the bill for the Kennedy's, Johnson's. Nixon's and Reagan's lavish lifestyle which included wearing an "Oscar". Right now, I cannot think of anything more irrelevant than designer clothes stitched up by Slave labor in Third World countries. Oscar, I hope you and others of your ilk saved up for your old age because all over America we have people who aren't so lucky. They are regarded as credit-unworthy and cannot rent a affordable place to live. Instead of bashing Michelle for looking like a gladiator - go out get pro-active and change the credit rules that result in people being evicted and/or ostracized for their less than perfect credit score. A credit report should not be required to rent housing/shelter. If you have the money to pay - that is what counts. Not your credit past history.

2030 days ago
117.

Sa1950    

That little black sweater costs $1200.00 it is a alaia!! Not many americans can afford to wear what MO wears. The clown sweater she wore to the London school costs $800.00!! Expensive clothes will never make her a Jackie O, she had class!!

2030 days ago
118.

Tray    

I wouldn't wear 99% of the ugly clothes I just looked at on oscar de la renta website if he gave them to me, let alone pay thousands for an that ugly azzz stuff. It kills me when these flippy designers critique everybody when they create horrible looking clothes and charge a fortune for them.... Michelle Obama probably doesn't wear his clothes because they're so freakin ugly. Go take a look..... there is some seriously ugly clothes with some seriously ridiculous price tags. Get a life de la renta!

2030 days ago
119.

deanna    

i think she is absolutely beautiful !!!!!!! and she certainly doesnt need designer clothing she does a great job on her own. and i can also say that it is sooo refreshing to have someone in office that is aware of the hard times people are having and they CHOOSE to be conservative. i just love the obamas they are just regular people that you could invite over for a barbecue.

2030 days ago
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Linda Mott    

Two of life's unanswered questions:
(1) What is in the Queens hand bag?
(2) What is in Harvey's sippy cup?

2030 days ago
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