Casual vs. Chic: Know Your Event
The public loves most of Mrs. Obama's fashion choices, but there are some looks even her most ardent supporters can't get behind. For the most part, the first lady has been spot-on with her fashion picks, whether for a black tie event or meeting kids on a school playground. It was shocking, then, to see her in a plain black and white, sleeveless dress and frumpy cardigan to meet the queen of England. That's definitely not the time to be casual! Another fashion faux pas for the first lady occurred during her husband's inauguration. Her choice of a bright yellow suit brought images of happiness and sunshine, but the heavily brocaded fabric made us think of uncomfortable couches and heavy drapes.
Knowing how casual or fancy you need to appear in advance of an event is key to dressing for success. Under- or overdressing is potentially embarrassing and uncomfortable.