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Heat Wave

Photos by Jason Hirschfeld, Gerry Broome / AP Images; Elaine Sanchez / DOD Photo

The First Lady had a full Thursday, taping an appearance for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Fayetteville, North Carolina (where, speaking of extreme, Mrs. O had to endure stifling East Coast heat), followed by a visit to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode focuses on a North Carolina community resource center for homeless female veterans, which will be redesigned and expanded with a new greenhouse and children’s playhouse. The episode is scheduled to air in October. The First Lady's TV appearance, as well as her stop in Virginia Beach, are part of her Joining Forces initiative with Jill Biden to support military service members and their families. 

Style wise, Mrs. O stayed cool with a pair of summer dresses belted at the waist. For her TV appearance, the First Lady chose a vibrant blue and green Chris Benz Nelda dress from Resort 201, seen here, accessorized with a jeweled bee belt from House of Lavande. For the stop at Oceana Naval Air Station, Mrs. O turned to a trustworthy staple, a Merona for Target dress, paired with a Sacai belt, first seen in August 2009, here

Some will remember that Malia Obama wore a Chris Benz dress this January, seen here. To my knowledge, this is the first occasion that the First Lady has done the same. Chris Benz is a young Parsons alum, who cut his teeth as a designer of dresses and special occasion for J.Crew before venturing out with his own eponymous label in 2007.

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Reader Comments (39)

OMG noone told me she was in my backyard!!! The green dress is lovely and yes it was HOT today!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterThatOtherMimi

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! If only we all had Mrs. O's style and fashion!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterEm

wow! If only more people looked that great when they are sweating!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnar

She looks beautiful in both outfits. Wish I could look as good in all this heat! (or anytime actually)...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterouapiti

The Torquoise and Green Color combo is a refeshing color palette. Mrs. Obama introduces color schemes like no other. She looks perfect in her wardrobe choice- Sophisticated and approachable; Mature and fun and always on point. Love the jeweled belt. Glistening for a cause!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

The Torquoise and Green Color combo is a refeshing color palette. Mrs. Obama introduces color schemes like no other. She looks perfect in her wardrobe choice- Sophisticated and approachable; Mature and fun and always on point. Love the jeweled belt. Glistening for a cause!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

She makes it all look good....she is flawless. I wish I could rock summer dresses the way she does. And the fact that she is wearing a dress from Target is fantastic. What American doesn't shop at Target? I'm telling you, she's a one woman economy booster! Can't wait to see the Extreme Makeover episode. She looks beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Cool as a cucumber, and super-flattering! Great close-up of that gorgeous belt. Thank you!

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3:54 AM | Registered CommenterEnglish Observer

Both dresses are cute but I must have the green one in my life please !!! Any word on the designer ?

I wish the weather would warm up over here. It's July and the weather feels like autumn. We have had rain non stop since last week. I have so many Mrs O inspired emsembles to wear but to good weather to show them off in !!

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 6:47 AM | Registered CommenterJestina ( London, England)

The belt is House of Lavande vintage belt.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterTracy

The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress is going on show at Buckingham Palace from tomorrow until 3 October (as I'm sure you all know). It's not in a glass case, but displayed in the centre of the ballroom so that visitors can get pretty near it - to about 8 feet, I understand. I'm hoping to fit in a trip later in the summer. I wish Historic Royal Palaces would put on a display of all the royal wedding dresses since 1947. (The Queen Mother's from 1923 is apparently too fragile for public display.) Now, that would be a ticket worth getting hold of!

The forecast is for better weather soon, Jestina. It was raining all morning 'up north' but is warm and sunny this afternoon. Let's hope Londoners get the benefit of all those fabulous outfits soon!

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 9:43 AM | Registered CommenterEnglish Observer

Terrific Summer Dresses

Wonderful Smile

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM | Unregistered Commenterriver rush

She looks so fresh in that green dress. I like both choices -- just right for the weather and the occasions.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM | Unregistered Commenterjzzy55

The blue and green dress looks very fresh, although I don't think I'd want to wear a belt -- even such a pretty one -- in this heat. It's great to see that Merona again and doesn't Mrs. O look even MORE fit now than when she first wore it?!?

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered Commentera MI Mom

WOW! Does she ever look cool! How can you so look good and sweat?
Both dresses are so summerish and perfect for her. And those arms! I know she is used to sweating during her consistent workout routined. But does she have to look so good? She inspires me to do and look my best whenever and whatever I do.

It is so hot in NYC, ladies. as I am sure all over the country. But duty calls. I am a volunteer for the 2012 reelection of this beautiful woman's husband (only adult at the table). Donations are great, but get out there this weekend and encourage the volunteers who will brave the heat. Even to offer some cold water or a warm smile.

Have a great weekend and stay cool, calm, collect.

I would love to see the shoes that she wore with these two lovely sun dresses.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterLDS

I think she looks double cute in both dresses! :)

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM | Registered CommenterLisa H

YEP, I truly adore this lady!!

Look at this BEAUTIFUL pic of Mrs. O with beautiful kids all on and around her:

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Registered CommenterNyon

Mrs. O is probably helping bring back the summer dress. There is a huge spread in yesterday's Style section of the NY Times about summer dresses.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM | Registered CommenterBevi

Cool dressing in the "heat wave!"

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM | Registered CommenterSoccerNana

Wow...perspiring and still looking as chic as ever! I like the first dress very much...the belt is charming.
I was just in Target this morning...glad to see that Merona dress again, it is a fave of mine. That pulled back hair do of hers is working in this oppressive heat on the east coast. She looks wonderful!

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterAdear

Now I know the definition of, "I don't sweat, I glisten."

And that belt! What an original.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterLael

Oops. The Queen has just described the wedding dress exhibit as 'horrid'. Poor curator!

However, since this is a blog for Mrs Obama's fashions and style, I'll now stop with the royal commentary.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM | Registered CommenterEnglish Observer

Refreshingly adorable

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterMaureen in Jamaica

I love the ring (middle finger-left hand) in the 2nd picture. I wish I could see the design more clearly. It caught my eye, because I wear a peace ring (hang over from my hippy days) on that same finger…only I wear mine between the 1st and 2nd joint. It’s yet another small example of her uniqueness that endears me!

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM | Registered CommenterAsereht

I love so many things about Mrs. Obama: her hands-on support for military families, her attention to America's lack of fitness, and her enthusiasm for her job. But her biggest gift to women is to put on a dress from Target and show that beauty, real glorious beauty shines from the inside out and makes a woman positively radiant. What a role model.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love how real Michelle Obama is! I can think of a few former first ladies who would not have been caught dead 'glistening' in public! Michelle Obama being on Extreme Makeover is more than enough for me to watch it for the very first time! She actually had on some 'work clothes' while they were filming her pitching in to help. So please click here to see these 9 additional photos of Flotus from Huffington Post.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 9:38 PM | Registered CommenterVivienne

That blue and green dress is fantastic.
Hugs from Brasil

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterTereza

The First Lady looks more amazing with every day! I love her in the fresh simple looks! Going 48 and looking incredible! Go Michelle Obama!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

Two pretty dresses. She looks quite nice and appropriate for the events.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnonna

I love her and second Karen's comments. Her "realness" shines like bright sun!

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterJaidon

That Michelle is one IMPRESSIVE First Lady. And that turquoise/green dress is a knockout and enhances her already vibrant beauty.... Barack Obama is so damn lucky to have a lady like her. And I'm sure he knows it.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 4:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarcus Perry

I love the dress and the pics of Mrs. O! They inspire me to work on my arms so I can wear such flattering sun dresses!

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 6:09 PM | Registered CommenterPam Willis

@ Vivienne, thanks for the link!
Yes, our Michelle makes it all look so easy. A simple sun dress can be a girl's best friend on a hot, steamy day. The weather has been something to be desired as of late, and yet she still manages to look picture perfect.
Love both dresses.....that's our Michelle!

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:25 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

No heat wave in Paris... yikes!

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 3:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterSusu Paris Chic

Love the green!!

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterObserver

She looks so chic! The blue and green dress is definitely my favorite, and the gold and white cabochon belt is such a fabulous addition to an already beautiful outfit!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Living Luxe for Less

Love that blue and green dress and the adorable belt.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM | Registered CommenterPosh Tater

That blue and green dress is so beautiful. I think Mrs O. would like a dress from MARIMEKKO, Finland with lovely bright colours. Jackie Kennedy wore one at 1960's and she was a trendsetter. Nice summerdays to everybody from Finland.

Friday, July 29, 2011 at 2:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnu Salow

I love the blue and green dress! Its so beautiful and represents Earth!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 4:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterTobeinstyle

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