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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.


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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I had really not given much thought to what Michelle is wearing because she looks comfortable and not trying to be someone she isn't which I find refreshing. I really do. I would have worn a nice silk knit suit in a spring color but that's just me. I'm just glad it wasn't that awful red and black dress she wore on Election Night.

2027 days ago


No matter how much they try to train her to be likeable and attractive, her hatefulness and self-serving agenda burn through the phony veneer. She is hideous inside and out. It is pathetic how the media slobbers up to these two, bending over backwards to show it's not racist. Coddling black people is equally racist. No matter how many times they repeat Michelle Obama is beautiful, it will never make it so. The Queen looked like she could barely tolerate her as well, but as Joy Behar said - the British need our help and are kissing up big time.

2027 days ago


The United States is falling apart and the Obama's and the press are worried about whether she looks good. People are losing their jobs and houses but the Obamas look happy as ever. England is laughing at us. How sad.

2027 days ago


I was very proud of the way our President and First Lady comported themselves at the Summit. The foreign leaders respopnded very well to the tone of inclusion set by President Obama. Michelle Obama is dressed perfectly for a casual day meeting. As for breach of protocal, the Queen put her arm around Michelle! I have never seen her so much as touch her own children.

Cute and casual sounds stupid, as though she had dressed for a tennis match! Then again, what is a disater anyway?

2027 days ago



How much time will TMZ viewers spend trying to explain why it is important that politicians and their families look good (besides the reality that most first ladies are smarter and savvier than their husbands)? How much time will TMZ viewers spend rehashing tired cliches about Bush and Obama when they both leave a lot to be desired (A little intelligent thinking will tell you that it takes many to cause the mess we are in...including both Republican and Democratic administrations and the American public). How much time will TMZ viewers spend trying to make Bush the anti-Christ and Obama the Messiah or vice versa(when both are as deeply flawed as each other and the other Presidents in our lifetime).

Obama will not create beneficial change any more than any other politician...get over it. Politicians are mainly guided by self interest and ego gratification. To think otherwise is just plain stupid and ignorant.


2027 days ago

faaw-q attitude    

i don't think she's beautiful either, and i am sick of hearing about her fashion bull, them two act like they are celebrities then first lady and president, they are losing popularity fast.

2027 days ago


53. You don't wear a sweater and a tank top to meet a foreign dignitary. Somebody call Clinton and Stacey! Michelle needs help. She's 45. She should know how to dress by now. Sigh...

Posted at 2:51PM on Apr 4th 2009 by Abouttime!

Thanks you! She's not going to a bbq....she should have worn a pant suit or something nicer.

2027 days ago


The first lady is a disgrace. She has no style sense nor do her handlers. Besides that, she is a beast of a woman and quite homely.

During the campaign, US (I think) magazine ran an article about her fashion sense and style. Of course, they kind of forgot about Cindy McCain......

2027 days ago


61. It wasnt that long ago that she was getting flack for going sleeveless all the time, Im thinking she wore a sweater out of respect for the Queen. She looks fine, and something tells me no matter what she wore to this occasion someone would find something to say about it anyway

Posted at 2:58PM on Apr 4th 2009 by candi

I think she goes sleeveless way too much. You don't see sleeveless at the high level events they are to go to now. They should be briefed.

2027 days ago


81. One poster wrote, "You don't wear sweater to meet the queen." Who the hell is the queen? No disrespect intended. Obviously, someone has brought into the notion that the queen is deity perhaps. She is no more important that the Obamas are. Furthermore, I doubt if the poster have even met Queen Latifyah and knows little about fashion protocol.

The Queen is the Head of State of more than 20 countries. Maybe you should do some research before you open your mouth. She should be given the same respect as any other Head of State.

2027 days ago


83. One also must wear gloves to shake HRH's hand. Michelle didn't even curtsy...

No, you don't have to wear gloves. And the Queen is not an HRH...she's Her Majesty.

2027 days ago


over her frighteningly lopsided face, who even notices the cheap sh*t she throws on her back. seriously, this is the royal couple the media is bending over backwards for? ugh

2027 days ago


She should have worn something more dressy. Hell, the outfit she wore when stepping off the plan was a lot more than this outfit.

2027 days ago


For Oscar De La Renta to critique her, I think is fine. That's his expertise and part of his public persona. And even though he's probably right, I think she looks cute and classy. He would probably agree. But it's just one of those things. If you are going to meet the Queen, things are just expected to be done a certain way. But I hate to see her picked apart by the public for such a trivial thing. I'm not a fan of the Dems, but I like that she's being down to earth. I'd perhaps leave the sweater untucked, still, she looks very cute.

2027 days ago


141. 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!!

Posted at 6:03PM on Apr 4th 2009 by Sa1950

Doesn't matter how much the clothes cost, they still look cheap

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