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Styling Mrs. O

We normally do not go for this sort of thing, but Closet Couture has a fun, new contest that's absolutely worth a peek: the Michelle Obama Styling Contest. You're armed with a virtual J.Crew wardrobe that can be dragged and dropped to create a look bespoke for the first lady. The Closet Couture editors will select a winner next week, who will then receive a $150 gift card from J.Crew. We just gave it a whirl (see resulting ensemble above). How did we do? We would love to see what you put together for Mrs. O too!

Update: We're excited to add that Closet Couture will be giving away a copy of Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy as a runner-up prize in the contest. Check it out here.

Reader Comments (30)

Nice try, but i dubt Mrs. O would wear those shoes. She only wears skinny heels, whether kitten or otherwise. Maybe yes on the blouse and skirt for her. But I doubt she would do the three items on the left.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A

This looks awesome! Making an outfit now!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterAR

I put the clothes on the mannequin but don't know how to show them here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A


Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A

Once you save the outfit, I believe it creates a unique URL that you could copy and paste here. Here's another look (not mine) that I found as Closet Couture:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:17 PM | Registered CommenterMrs. T

Saw you on TV, Mrs. T. It looks like <u>you</u>!!

Great colors but I am a bit troubled about the tiered ruffled blouse and the ruffling around the jacket neckline and down the front.

Mrs. O is a lot bigger than you are.

I had a pair of gray suede shoes many years ago. Looked like the USS Enterprise.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterBeeGee

This "game" is making me think exactly what was intended -- how much my wardrobe would be improved with some items from J.Crew. Curse you, J.Crew!!!! :-)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:59 PM | Registered CommenterChristina

Mrs. O would not wear this, you forgot the belt. LOL (just kidding everyone)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

Now, this is what I call fun ! I sure hope someone on this site wins...that would surely be bragging rights for "our little thing". Come on guys, let's do this and get back on track with the reason Mrs. T started this site ...."share enthusiasm for the budding style icon Mrs. O's".

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:47 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

BeeGee, I think you may be right about channeling my own style a bit here! I would definitely wear this ... but I can also imagine Mrs. O going for the skirt or jacket at the very least.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:55 PM | Registered CommenterMrs. T

Pictures up on yahoo of tonight's event about astronomy. Mrs. O looks lovely as usual. I like her pants and the layer of long sleeve tees, with a smart jacket.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterEvangeline

Pics of the astronomy event are up on yahoo. I like Mrs. O's pants and flats she is wearing. Also the layered long sleeve tees with a smart jacket are perfect for fall.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:27 PM | Registered Commenterevangeline

Saw the astronomy pics. Mrs. O has on my favorite jacket. I really like that jacket on her in all the different colors that she owns it in, but not a fan of how she is wearing it now with the multiple layers. All those folded sleeves are a bit much for me. Has Malia got on her Mom's sneakers or does she own the same pair?

Love the pants and the flats though. Very classy.

Oh and POTUS' casual look is great. Are those Jeans he has on? Hooray for him getting a fashionable pair of Jeans instead of the Grandpa ones.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A

About Crew:

I snagged some sale items from them a few weeks ago and what a disappointment! Ordered a dress that looked white on their site, and it arrived looking more pink and with the fabric combination looked more like a nightgown.

The jacket was too big and lacked shape. The dress was the only saving grace but wasn't worth what I paid for it. Since they were all on sale, they are not returnable either, by JCREW policy. What a waste of $250!

I am still very disappointed and will now only buy in store.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A

Original Mrs.A, YOU CAN share your outfit so we can all see it! After you view your look click the "embed" button and copy and paste the message board text in your comment on Mrs.O.

Here is mine!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterAshley

@ Evangeline
I posted the link finally
Not something I would wear, because of the kind of florals in the skirt. But Mrs. O likes certain kind of florals and I think these would be right in that category.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 11:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A

Oh no, ladies... looks like the comments here don't take heavy HTML so we can't post the actual images like Ashley tried to above.

Tell you what... if you guys post your URLs for your outfits, I'll collect all the images into a blog post and share here in the comments so we can all see everyone's loooovely styling of First Lady O.

Sound good?

Here's one I made... http://www.closetcouture.com/images/20304/viewimage/


Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 1:02 AM | Unregistered Commenteralyson

I'm going to try this again. It didn't seem to work for me last night.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

Original Mrs. A,
I think you nailed it! That's very Mrs. O!

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandy Beach

Yeah.. its a nice look. but maybe the shirt and jacket both have too much going on together. :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM | Unregistered Commenterrolo

Thanks for sharing this! How fun! I made this: http://www.closetcouture.com/images/20639/viewimage/

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Mrs T I liked your look very much, especially the ruffles. Mrs O likes her ruffles. The top in particular I really could see on her. Colourwise and stylewise. The skirt is yummy.

Ashley I liked your first picks - that blue top is beautiful! I also liked the skirt with the Smythe puff sleeve jacket. The graphic print dress is nice too.

Alyson - LOVED the Theory dress.

My favourite so far is Jaime's. That's exactly the kind of jump with colours that MO does so well. The jacket is to die for.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterPosh Tater

I think i saw Ashley's and it was nice. The one on this I think is too much going on at one time

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

for strolling through the new White House farmer's market on an autumn day:


Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 5:26 PM | Unregistered Commentergermicc1

I agree with the original Mrs.A. Shoes are kinda frumpy and definitely not fierce enough for Mrs. O--no chunky heels for her! But she looks great in that gold color..(remembering that dress a few pics back...Nice!)

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 9:55 PM | Unregistered Commenterbex719

@ Sandy Beach,

Thank you! :)=

Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterOriginal Mrs. A

All the skirt options are wrong for Michelle. Both J. Crew skirts she wore prominently (on Letterman during the campaign and in England) were wrong -- too short and boxy for her shape. She needs more fluidity.

Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterMichelle fan

Ladies - you can embed your outfits on blogs or on your Facebook / Twitter / MySpace accounts too to share them with your peeps by using the chiclets below each outfit you create. Love what you are up to - SO excited to see who wins!! Good luck, Chris (founder and ceo, ClosetCouture.com)

Friday, October 9, 2009 at 9:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterChris Elia

Closet Couture is on my top 5 list of favorite fashion sites!! I am loving the contest to create an outfit for Mrs. O. I hope one of the Mrs. O followers wins! Thank you, Chris, for creating such a clever website and thank you Mrs. T for giving it a shoutout!

Friday, October 9, 2009 at 2:52 PM | Registered CommenterKatie Kruenegel


Monday, October 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterCandace

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