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Colorblocking: The Patchwork Edition

The First Lady attended the opening ceremony for the Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado yesterday. On the style front, Mrs. O turned to one of her classic shilouettes, the sheath dress, updated for spring in a colorblock meets patchwork pattern. Blue heels completed the look, which practically projects fun and cheer!

Update: While the designer has not yet been confirmed, reader Charlene in Detroit observes similarity to the pastel pixel print featured in the Preen Spring 2012 collection, seen here. Red Carpet Fashion Awards also credits the dress as Preen.

Reader Comments (48)

Too much going on in this outfit.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterLou

Very spiffy dress. She looks lovely, full of energy and verve!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM | Unregistered Commenterouapiti

who is this by? i LOVE this dress!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterAllison

First of all, this dress rocks

(I'm a teen and this might sound stupid)
though i'm in awe of the First Lady's fashion ( i learn a lot of new styles and designers almost everyday).....is it bad that i prefer the pre first lady michelle obama ( not so much fashion wse but natural beauty wise)
i'm confused... i guess what i'm trying to say is that sometimes i really like seeing the first lady casual in a pants and a top , less made up,hair down

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM | Registered Commenterhello<3

A very happy spring look!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I like this dress. Sure, it's a bold dress, but we are priviledged to have a bold First Lady. (No granny suits here). The lower half of the dress reminds me of a beautiful mural in downtown Philadelphia at the corners of 13th Street and Pine Street.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM | Registered CommenterStrong Foru

Hey Strong Foru, I know the mural you speak of, I also hail from the Philly area. Although I would be bashful to wear a dress such as this....the First Lady has the sparkle to pull it off.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterAdear

This is a different kind of look for her at far as pattern! But I LOVE IT!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Registered Commentermmharp

FLOTUS has changed the fashion outlook world wide. News anchors, talk show hosts, news commentators etc.,the one who we would see every day wearing a jacket, how many of these people do we see dressed in jackets. More power to you Michele.

Lovely dress, and the shoe is very complimentary

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM | Unregistered Commenterdalejamaica

Love this look so much! If anyone can pull it off, she can!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterDreaming Bear

The dress is DEFINITELY Preen. I saw it in a Sunday supplement very recently. I love both the dress and the owner. It won't be to everyone's taste but I love bright prints so this is right up my street.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:02 AM | Registered CommenterJestina ( London, England)

not my fave. the shoes rock, though.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM | Unregistered Commenteranne marie reidy

I am in an absoute swoon over his dress and look! I'll be making this one real soon. Very fresh, clean and spring-like!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterBSewingLady

Love, love this dress and the shoes are spot on! I can certainly see myself wearing this complete outfit.. NICE!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered Commentermarcelle

I love the first lady's fashion statement, always so elegant in whatever she wears this dres. This occassion is no exception it's simply gorgeous. I am trying to find it for mother's day weekend. Can anyone tell me where I can get this dress pleaaaasssseeee? These are our colors for women's day....You are wearing that dress sister

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM | Registered Commenterbev ross

LOVE it! She looks fabulous from head to toe!

Waiting for a confirmation on the dress designer...!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Unregistered CommenterKitCat

Ugh, I really dislike this dress :( Sorry, I love to see her in bold prints and different stuff, but I find this dress more appropriate for the circus or the beach.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterBetty

Love the dress and LOVE the SHOES! I'm a Philadelphian too, and you're right... reminds of the mural at 13th and Pine!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered Commentervik

She looks GREAT!!!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Unregistered Commentershyril

It dawned on me why this dress is a little hard on the eyes, it is the bright red squares that don't mesh well with the other colored squares. Love the shoes tho.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM | Registered Commenterbabs

Love: the color of the shoes
Meh: the dress--too 70s purse or something.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterjen

Love the dress, shoes and hairstyle! The colors are all fabulous - so Spring and fresh.
Slumpy shoulders again though.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM | Unregistered Commentergaylev

Agree with Lou--too much going on. The colorway shown by Preen is much more tasteful. This would make a great mural but would not want to wear this disjointed look.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM | Registered Commentercleo plahet

Interesting patterning. Love the look with the shoes to make it more bold. She is always a standout whether by dress, actions or work ethic.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlmablanca

FLOTUS is working it! She loves color and it looks good on her!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterTHC1

I agree with Lou and Cleo. Just one question: why? Why would anyone wear this dress when there are so many, many beautiful spring dresses out there?

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

This dress is for the bold and not for the faint-at-heart. Is there a better description of our Michelle? I tend to like her in bold, expressive and fashionable pieces, you can see her personality. Like she says, "wear what you love".
She looks like a breath of fresh air....and quite darling at that!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8:04 AM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

AMEN Charlene!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterTHC1

I love this dress and went online looking to see where I could find Preen. Way more than I can spend for a dress but I LOVE THIS DRESS.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM | Unregistered Commentersjr

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY Mrs. O is grown and chooses what she wants to wear!!!! I'm also SO HAPPY that I'm grown and choose what I want to wear!! Isn't it great ladies?!! To be able to wake up in the morning and choose the outfit that you want to wear and think to yourself, "fu.....forget what others think, I am going to rock the hell out of this today!" I LOVE IT!!! ;-)

@hello, I understand what you mean about her being dressed down. But you know what I really love about her, is whether she has on a Naeem Khan gown rubbing elbows with diplomats or she has on a target sweater and converses digging in the garden with kids, she is the same Michelle. That is priceless!!

What's up Inspector CID!!!! LOL, you're our resident detective around here :-)

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:38 PM | Registered CommenterNyon

Love the dress! Its brightness and the bold pattern. But I want to give a bit of praise and a word of thanks to the amazing wounded veteran next to the First Lady She may be the most beautiful thing in the picture!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Nyon...you are correct, beauty is in the eye of the beholder;)

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterAdear

The dress looks similar to a Ferragamo outfit I saw not too long ago except the colors here are brighter. I like that she's pushing styles forward and not trying to be a clone of former first ladies. She has a look of her own and doesn't fall back on big hair with blue or red buttoned up suit and a scarf. It's refreshing.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterMia

To me this is a fashion faux pas. As a top only or as a skirt it may work. But she gets extra points for a bold attempt : )

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered Commenteranna

This design is not color-blocking at its best.

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterpoiret

@Christen - you ask a very good question. Why this dress?

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMrs. A

This does have a circus look to it; but it is fun, anyway.
Check out the turquoise dress on obamadiary worn for campaigning today. Very plain but a lovely color. Mrs. O likes to change-it-up!

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterChar

I love it!

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM | Registered CommenterAntrienna Smith

Some awesome photos of FLOTUS with POTUS on their 2012 "Official Campaign Kickoff" visits to Ohio and Virginia yesterday (5/5/2012) at http://www.daylife.com/photo/08cW2f77UIfV9?__site=daylife&q=Michelle+Obama. Looks like FLOTUS did a refreshed reprisal of her DNC 2008 look sans sleeves. I believe she's chosen the same pin. And love that beautiful fresh turquoise blue hue on her. For those of you who are in love with POTUS-FLOTUS pda's (as I am!), there are several wonderful pics of the 1st couple enjoying each other's company throughout the campaign sweep.
Can't wait to here y'all's feedback! OBAMA 2012!! And most of all- MRS. O 2012!! ;-)

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

@ Holly -- how right you are!

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM | Unregistered Commenterouapiti

I love this dress and it inspired me to bid on this color blocking sweater by Sigrid Olsen on ebay, and I just won it for $6.00!
Thanks Michelle for once again inspiring me!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterAllwell

I can answer why this dress...Because SHE liked it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterAdear

I love this dress, so when I saw this color blocking sweater by Sigrid Olsen on ebay I couldn't resist and won it for $6!
Once again Michelle has inspired me.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM | Registered Commenterlouise perkins

@ Louise, well that's impressive! I like that sweater and I looove that price. You did good!
As you said, "Once again Michelle inspires". She's great that way!
Enjoy your ebay find!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:49 AM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

Yeah for you Louise!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterAdear

Sorry for the double post.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterAllwell

Y'all should check out Mrs O in today's Obamadiary post! She is flawless in gray and yellow and I love the picture of her cupping the young white house visitor's face.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterTHC1

She is looking very pretty in this dress.And also taking with someone.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 5:09 AM | Unregistered Commenterjessbuurman

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