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A Spirited Orange Swirl

Photo by Flickr user veronica.decker / Creative Commons

Apologies for the delay, but photos from Mrs. O's Friday appearance have been slow to surface via our normal sources. Fortunately the Huffington Post has a nice selection here, and we've managed to finally find a few, above and below.

On Friday, the first lady gave a speech at the Norfolk naval base to mark the return of the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and the USNS Comfort.

For those curious about Mrs. O's dress - the first lady wore a Talbots Swirl Cotton Dress in Sunset Orange, on sale for a very reasonable $38.99. Mrs. O accessorized with a vintage silk flower pin worn at the shoulder. The 1960s era pin is a design by Hattie Carnegie, acquired through the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, and first seen on the campaign trail last fall.

 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desiree Green/Released

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Reader Comments (28)

Mrs. O looks radiant. The bright orange suits her skin tone.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterMaureen Smith

It was well worth the wait. I love the photo that was used. She is literally glowing in that photo. Wow.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 12:24 PM | Registered Commentermarabout40

Nice dress.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 1:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterEbony

Beautiful picture you found, Mrs. T. I love it. Yes, she is glowing in the picture and looking her beautiful self, despite having to contend with some serious wind that day.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 3:42 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

Simple dress with clean lines that accentuate her tiny waist that costs $40 accessorized with a simple and gorgeous pin. Yay, Michelle A+!! Hopefully she told TBG that it's a $40 dress.! Where are the shoes?

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 3:59 PM | Unregistered Commenterwillet784

Double wow!! Love the dress, love the brooch!!

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

Ooohhh, real nice photo choice. This dress has a becoming silhouette with wonderful pops of color. And that orange compliments her complexion perfectly. I have been inspired to wear the many flower brooches that I inherited from my great auntie and I receive so many compliments.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6:22 PM | Registered Commenterboazwife

LOL! Only Mrs O can rock a $38 dress with a $450 pin with class and sass all in front of top Navy brass.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterChar'den

I love the $38 dollar dress, but few of us can afford a $450 pin---or would not buy it if we could. That does not mean Michelle should not buy it---she will use it and wear it many times. I love her look here!

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM | Registered Commentersusan2

I love this dress......and I like that she is cost-friendly o'Couture.

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 8:48 PM | Unregistered Commentero'Couture

Lovely! The orange dress really pops in a sea of NAVY dress whites. She knows how to pick color. Glad she was there for this happy day to so many NAVY familes. I'm sure they appreciated it. (I would love to look thru all of her pins/brooches)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 12:33 AM | Registered Commenterann#1

She is so lovely, so natural, so real...a breath of fresh air indeed!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 3:48 AM | Registered CommenterAudrey

To mrs-o-org : Daylife.com often has numerous pictures on their website of Mrs. Obama. Perhaps you could work out an agreement with them to use some of their photographs?

Mrs. O looks lovely and I can't believe her dress costs less than $40! That's amazing.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 6:49 AM | Registered CommenterStrong Foru

I thought that was a Talbot's dress! Love it! But seriously, the pin looks like something from a craft fair. If it really cost $450 she was duped.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 12:21 PM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal

Gorgeous dress. The color and cut suits her very well.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 8:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I think the pin is supposed to look like something from a crafts fair. Its the materials and craftsmanship that adds to the cost. So, maybe you were duped into thinking that everything expensive needs to be loud, gaudy and bedazzled like rappers gear. LOL!

Anyhoo... does Mrs. O purchase her clothes or does she get gifts from designers like stars? Does anyone know?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 10:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterChar'den

Absolutely LOVING the dress -- she wears it so well!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 10:10 AM | Unregistered CommenterRachel

she looks so young and lovely in this dress.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 10:17 AM | Unregistered Commenterely

I simply must admit that Mrs. O carries off color like no other. Between her radiant smile and poppy wardrobe she lights up a room in a nanosecond! :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterCafe Fashionista

super !!! super !!!! Michelèle est très belle avec cette robe lollllll

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 8:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterastouka

@Char'den: politicians or their wives aren't allowed to accept gifts like clothes- could be bribery. So she has to pay for everything. An exception was the Jason Wu dress she wore for the inauguration ball. Since the clothes (and I think the jewellery too) are traditionally donated to a museum after the ball the designers donate them. So the first wive wears the dress but doesn't really own it. But with Barack's book earnings and her own former good salary it shouldn't be a problem for her to afford her clothes. Other politicians and their wives struggle tough- the wive of the British prime minister Gordon Brown recently stated in a interview that it is a problem (I don't think she ever worked in the last couple of years and Brown has no best-selling books). She said that the media critize her if she wears the same thing several times, but that she hardly can afford all the designer clothes, so she sometimes rents designer clothes.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterLena

That's a really pretty dress and the pin is a perfect finishing touch.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 2:18 PM | Registered CommenterPosh Tater

The Talbots Swirl dress has had two markdowns. It was originally $139.00.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 4:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterBeeGee

OMG. That color is *perfect* on her. Her skin tone is perfectly set off by it. And her skin is glowing! Amazing! Thanks for these photos of her in this dress.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Not dupe at all Char'den....I'm just not buying that expensive necessarily translates into wonderful. I don't think this pin is worth that kind of money. Kudos to Mrs. O for wearing a sale dress from Talbots. It also comes in blue and white. You can get really awesome markdown deals on the Talbot's website. However, go on the Carole Tannenbaum site and look closely at some of the vintage pieces. The money spent on this pin was excessive for what it looks like.

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 12:48 AM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal


Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 6:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterMa

I love the dress. Beautiful color. It looks great on her. Love the cost also.

Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 1:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterMLHthinking

Cute outfit that looks fantastic on her. Very summery.

I like to imagine that Barack finds some of these pretty little treasures (the brooches, I mean) and gives them to her. An attentive husband like him would know his wife's taste and want to indulge her . . .

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:21 AM | Unregistered Commenterglammie

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