Forever My (First) Lady

Fashion SMALLZ

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. How many times over the last couple weeks have you heard her entire name and thought this isn’t really happening? I know that law requires a new president, but does it really say something about the First Lady? Not that I want to make her in ANY way tied to our new president, but there has to be some middle ground. Right?! Lol.

One thing is for sure: her legacy will live in her iconic style. Do you remember when we first got a glimpse that she was going to change the game forever? That black and red Narciso Rodriguez dress! It truly set the tone and assured us that we were not prepared. Or what about the marigold dress by Narciso Rodriguez from the 2016 State of the Union?? Noticing a pattern? Some designers and women are just made for one another. Mrs. Obama’s unparalleled style has left a permanent imprint on fashion all over the world: both little girls and women alike see personal style not just as clothing but confidence, strength, and class.

For my inspiration, I chose the pink and black lace Oscar de la Renta that she wore to Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. When I initially saw this Eliza J dress, it read very berry, which is one of my favorite shades to wear. It’s a color that reads great for my skin tone and it always looks expensive. I also love this look because it also transitions well from day to night. I could put on a blazer and wear this to work and remove it and show a little lace for cocktails later. And it’s perfect for different body types—the shape complements without overpowering. I know that I will wear this dress over and over again and every time, I will think and feel like a First Lady. What more could you want out of a dress?

Mrs. Obama is the queen of getting the dress hem to hit directly at the knee. It doesn’t matter the silhouette: sheath, fit-and-flare, or asymmetrical, they all hit the line beautifully, and the reason for this is that it’s universally flattering. Yes, she falls into the tallz category, but there is an important note for SMALLZ here: when your dress hem falls to your knees, there are no gimmicks. It gives you enough length that won’t cut you off or look shorter, and just enough leg to show them off!

Shop the look: Adrianna Papell Dress Link | Halogen Trench Coat Link | Christian Louboutin Heels Link | H&M Necklace Link

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