Mrs. O will usher in a new era of fashion in the White House, perhaps most significantly through her taste for mixing high and low end designs. Stunning in dresses from mass market retailers such as J.Crew, H&M, Gap and White House | Black Market on the campaign trail throughout 2008, Mrs. O has shown women how to dress stylishly without busting the bank.
Price, no matter how hard glossy fashion magazines might try to convince us otherwise, has weak correlation with style. Even Mrs. O was not exempt from that trap. From the campaign trail, one of her most praised outfits was the White House | Black Market dress, and one of her most controversial was the Narciso Rodriguez frock worn on election night. We have also been among those personally inspired.
Having previously dismissed White House | Black Market as perhaps a bit boring, we were intrigued by Mrs. O's appearance on "The View" wearing her now iconic Donna Ricco leaf print sundress. So when we passed by the chain's Georgetown boutique over Christmas break, we had to give it a second look, if only for a quick stroll inside to inquire about all the fanfare surrounding Mrs. O's sundress. As it happened, we accidentally discovered a beautiful jacket in oversized houndstooth at a very reasonable price. We are now happily sporting this around town, with a little secret personal connection to the First Lady.
Which leads us to wonder, how many moments like this has Mrs. O inspired? We'd love to hear your stories as well.