Michelle's personal style seems to be dramatic and classic, but as a First Lady, she seems to have lessened the dramatic and emphasized the classic a bit more. I think this is wise, and follows the tradition of previous first ladies. Occasionally, for dressier occasions, she adds a little more drama, and flair, and I think that is just right.
(photo credit: Mrs-O.com)
That, of course, is the basic "first lady" message, and we want her campaign capsule wardrobe to support and enhance it, not compete with it in any way.
But they also need to be colors that sustain her energy, and send a subtle message that she knows what she's talking about, without calling undue attention to the colors or the outfits, themselves.
So this first outfit is in a color very close to one of the ones in her palette and I think it couldn't be more perfect, for color harmony, for warmth and for approachability.
I'd like to get her away from some of the colder, icier colors she has chosen in the past and infuse her style with a little more warmth. So that's what I looked for as I "shopped" with her in mind.
Warmth plus Style: Though I included a hint of burnished color (love my oranges), I avoided the really bright ones in reds, yellows or orange. I think she can wear them but I am not sure they are campaign-best...
Here's an example of her wearing what I think I will call Olympic orange, because she wore it to the Olympics. It's perfect, especially for casual wear. Not too bright and looks fabulous on her! I guess the wrestler thought so, too...
Navy: If she really wants to do the darker neutrals, here's how I would do it (in the Polyvore below, by adding color to navy). Although she can handle navy by itself and with white, if we're going for perfection, I would avoid it because, as you can see in the picture below, it cools her look a bit and adds some shadow and gray. Subtle impact, but an important one to avoid.
Gotta mention, though, that she also could do dark brown, and that would be better for her coloring. She could even pair it with the blue. Definitely a great choice for more casual campaign stops, but I think it could be dressed up, too...
Polka Dots: Though they are the "it" thing for Fall, I would head there gently, if at all...
And here's one final recommendation, wearing what the Mrs. O website calls Obama blue, that matches a color on the bottom left of her fan. Do you see the match?
One could argue that this color would be the best to wear because it reinforces the brand color, but I think anything that is in harmony with her coloring and gives her warmth & approachability will be a great addition to her campaign capsule wardrobe.
So what do you think?? How did I do?
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