Here’s Why You Won’t Be Seeing First Lady Michelle Obama Wearing Many Dresses On Her ‘Becoming’ Press Tour
Michelle Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming, is finally here, and we are all the way here for it! The former first lady kicked off the first leg of her 10-city book tour this past Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago, looking flawless as ever. When it comes to her style, Mrs. Obama’s choices have always seemed effortlessly chic, a feat accomplished by her longtime stylist, Meredith Koop. As you can imagine, it actually takes quite a lot of effort to style such an iconic woman, especially one whose every move is publicly scrutinized. Still, Koop is up for the task, and Obama’s debut outfit of the book tour proves that her fashion choices are still just as intentional, measured, and yes, fly, as ever.
As if we needed further proof that we look oh so good in white, Michelle Obama graced us in a killer ivory ensemble to commence her tour. She wore white high-waisted trousers with a white sequined off-the-shoulder blouse—both by Sally LaPointe—mirroring the off-shoulder t-shirt she dons on the cover of the memoir. We’re definitely seeing a theme here, as the former first lady also wore white on two recent magazine covers.
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For Elle Magazine’s December issue, she wore a pleated dress by Dior on the cover, and another white dress inside the editorial, this time a form-fitted number with ruffles by Cushnie. On the December/January cover of Essence Magazine, she sports a white suit with a corset pant by Rachel Comey—Auntie Michelle loves a high waist and so do we!
Without a doubt, the white feels very intentional, as have most of her fashion choices both during and after her tenure as First Lady. In an exclusive with The New York Times, Koop explained that every piece of clothing worn by Michelle Obama is tactically planned: “You have to anticipate every avenue of attack and every possible outcome…You have to celebrate fashion but also be aware of the message people are going to take away.” Now that Obama has left the White House, Koop is working closely with her to craft a new messaging that’s simultaneously familiar and fresh.
According to Koop, part of the reconstruction of that image means a departure from what we’re used to seeing her in. The team is saying goodbye to the dresses reminiscent of her White House years: “She is thinking a mix of designers, including names Mrs. Obama has not worn before (just to make that umbrella even more inclusive), but she’s not thinking dresses because they have too many associations with Mrs. Obama’s time as first lady. And because they make her think of the word ‘relic’ more than the words ‘powerful’ and ‘chic,’ which are those she thinks Mrs. Obama should be going with. She’s thinking more pants.”
So far, Koop has stuck very true to that word. Our forever first lady has worn pants on both stops of her book tour, first with the high-waisted trousers at her Chicago debut, and then with a flared-leg pantsuit on Thursday at her Inglewood sit-down with Tracee Ellis Ross.
“I really want what she wears to reflect her in a genuine way and resonate with what is in the book,” says Koop. “For a certain percentage of the country, these are depressing times, and there’s a fine line between acknowledging that and celebrating her for who she is as a woman. Plus, a lot of her message is about connecting to younger individuals. So what does all of that look like?” So far, it’s looking like a lot of bomb pantsuits. As for whether the trend will continue to be a staple throughout the tour, we’ll have to wait and see.
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