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Beaming Brightly

Photo by Mary Riley / Reuters 

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Design Awards today. First Lady Mrs. O, the honorary patron for the awards program, is hosting a White House ceremony and luncheon for the winners and finalists of the 2009 awards this afternoon. For the event, Mrs. O has chosen a sunny yellow jacket and skirt.

Update: Mrs. O wears a Michael Kors sun lacquered boucle four button cap sleeve jacket and matching pencil skirt

Reader Comments (107)

I almost choked while eating when I saw the first pics on Yahoo. You have to be extremely confident to pull off an all yellow ensemble. She's just an array of sunshine and after all the back & forth about racial profiling, I just have to thank MRS. O after stressful couple of days.

As I said before, this look is so classy & sexy on her, she should have every color lol

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM | Registered CommenterMimi

I love, love, love the look!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterGail

Mrs T, i have to say the fabric reminds of the Toledo one she wore on inauguration Day? But I just read On HuffPost that it's Michael Kors

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 2:56 PM | Registered CommenterMimi


Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterJuju

Mrs. O. looks fantastic! No belt to ruin the lines of the jacket.....wahoo!!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

Hot suit. Love it, love it, love it. Someone calls her sunshine personified, I totallly agree

More info and more pictures on the outfit from Huffpost:

'FLOTUS walked in at 12:44 p.m. with G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the
Smithsonian Institution. She was wearing a bright yellow short-sleeved,
two-piece Michael Kors suit with big white buttons on the top and a gold
bangle bracelet. Her shoes were gold or tan snakeskin, not sure. She
wore her hair down and neutral-colored gloss.'

Her remarks sounds interesting as well, I hope someone have a clip on youtube soon


Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM | Registered Commentertoscanaremi

This should put to rest all those stories about how she "cut her hair." Clearly her hair was simply pinned up the other night for the country music event. It seemed pretty obvious to me (you can see the little short ends near the nape of her neck in some shots, where they kind of stick out from the pins), but some outlets seemed convinced this was a new CUT, not a new updo.

As for the yellow - wow! This is one of Mrs. O's signature colors, I think. It looks terrific on her (and no, my pasty whiteness could never pull it off).

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterGroovymarlin

I think The snake skin shoes are the same ones she wore in Italy

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM | Registered CommenterMimi

Mrs. O looks very lovely in this yellow suit. I'm glad that she has decided to drop the "high waisted" belts. The lines on this suit are very complimentary to her figure.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:13 PM | Registered CommenterPhyllis W

OMG How'd her hair grow so fast??? :-)

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:17 PM | Registered CommenterChristina

Very pretty. It bounces off her skintone quite nicely but if it was a softer yellow (like an Easter yellow) I would have died and gone to heaven.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:19 PM | Registered CommenterVIctoria Leon

She looks absolutely gorgeous and classy! I'd never have guessed that someone who looks so great in purple would look equally stunning in yellow. I don't know why--maybe because purple is one of my colors but yellow not so much. At any rate, both of these are fabulous colors on her--makes me want to give myself another chance with yellow. I also love the seaming and tailoring.

Phyllis W, let's not get overly confident here that the belts have been "dropped." But this is TWO hits in a row, and both have been beltless!!! It may be the beginning of a beautiful trend or just a brief but welcome reprieve. :-)

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:24 PM | Registered CommenterMsG

Lady O looks awsome; love the outfit. No Belts on the last two posted outfits.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:28 PM | Unregistered Commenterbrymac

One of her best looks yet. This is classy, confident and figure-flattering. Great choice!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterStina

Michelle's on a retro kick! Love the oversize buttons against the canary yellow suit, and those sleeves were made to show off those arms. Youthful yet sophisticated.

Was just looking at yahoo and getty, and the full length shots of her in the room are stunning. A beam of sunshine is exactly right.

Somebody has been paying more attention to the details, the lines of her clothes. Her tailoring has been on point lately. Look at that itty bitty waist! I want to see her pair that jacket with straight leg jeans or slacks.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM | Registered Commenterms stylist

Perhaps we could call this the UNsuit! It has the tailoring and sophistication of a suit while remaining soft, feminine, approachable, and not at all corporate. LOVE it!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:31 PM | Registered CommenterMsG


She has been growing her her out since 08'.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterBella

I like the fit of this. I like that's it's a suit but not a suit. I like that it's got shape and the color is fabulous. She looks to thin and her waist looks really tiny in this.

Second outfit in a row without a belt. This is a good thing and somebody is paying attention to detail because this is on point in every way.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterTS

OK, ladies, somewhat off-topic, still fashion. I've been enjoying Mrs. O's use of belts, often wide belt, over outfits she wears. I have a similar figure, big hips, small waist, not huge on top. So the other day while in a store, I decided to go for it. Looked for a belt, found one I liked (never happens quickly, but did), added it to that day's outfit. Even found another belt lounging around in back of the closet that will work.

Would never have happened... except for the Mrs. O blog! So thanks!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

She looks absolutely gorgeous! So cool, and yet so "hot"!

This suit was tailored specifically for her. It shows off her great curves (and small waist) without a belt! Yippee! It's s suit, though not boring, but full of style, femininity, and just the right amount of sex appeal. I love it.

I, too, am envious that her beautiful mocha skin is complemented not only by lavender and rose shades, but also by this bold yellow. My very pale skin is complimented by lavender and rose, but yellow makes me look like a corpse! ;-)

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:13 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

This photo shows the excellent fit and her beautiful curves:

Great fit

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

I love it!! The color, design, and fit are all very flattering. Yellow really makes darker skin glow.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM | Registered Commentermissann

No joke, I was about to cite that picture and say the exact same thing Willow. Her curves are killing it in that three quarter view. She makes me want the jacket even though I can't pull off that color.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:35 PM | Registered Commenterms stylist

Oh my....she looks fabulous, the suit also has this pretty texture.....but that yellow OMG!! how many women can pull it off this beautifully?

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:43 PM | Registered CommenterPalGirl2008

I likeeee! When she walked up to the podium, I thought it was dress, not until she was about to exit the stage did I see that it was a suit. I thought some of you Mrs. Oers would be happy that she finally wore a "First Lady Suit". Of course, she brings her spin to the suit. I hate that people are still talking about belts and she does not even have one on. She gave it a rest, so can ya'll please give it a rest.


Exactly!! You're too funny! LOL!!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:54 PM | Registered CommenterNyon

Ms stylist - Hello, friend. I've enjoyed noticing that we often have similar opinions on things.

I've noticed that some white people can look really great in yellow, gold, orange. It makes them look all bright and wonderful. I'm not one of them.

I can't remember if I'm a "winter" or "summer" or what. But I need the blue tones to bring out my color. Anything with a yellow or green tone makes me look absolutely dreadful.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:56 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

She looks incredible. Amazing how well she pulls off this color !

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:58 PM | Unregistered Commentermae


It sounds as if your coloring is a lot like mine, and I'm a summer. I've always loved the warm colors, but they make me look like something washed up on the beach!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:05 PM | Registered CommenterMsG

MsG - LOL That's a good way to say it.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:06 PM | Registered CommenterWillow

Michelle looks lovely in this outfit! It really suits her. Very flattering.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:08 PM | Registered Commentersusan2

I love this Woman. She's smart, articulate, beautiful, funny (Ok I' ll stop)

Anyway video on Politico, scroll down


Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:22 PM | Registered CommenterMimi

She looks great! I have to agree with fellow posters, the suit is tailored perfectly.

@ Christina, she must have been taking hair vitamins! :) I'm glad it hasn't been cut. Much more versatile this way.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:25 PM | Registered Commenterann#1

From Politico

Obama and First Lady attend the Marine Corps evening parade.today @ 8:45pm

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:31 PM | Registered CommenterMimi

MsG & Willow...

Hell, I've been told I have cool tones at one make-up counter and then warm at another! I'm really confused. Maybe, we need a skincare, hair and cosmetic thread.

Have a great weekend everyone!!! :)

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:32 PM | Registered Commenterann#1

That's JUST stunning.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:02 PM | Registered CommenterPosh Tater

Mrs.O! A ray of light beaming through the world, brightening our everyday lives ! Wonderful, positive, cheerful, elegant outfit. I watch her all the way from Ghana and it is worth it!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:07 PM | Registered Commentermanzy

Mrs. O must be doing a lot of jogging and eating the salads from her vegetable garden. She looks like she has decidedly lost some weight since her last few foreign trips. This is perfect tailoring. She may have taken, was it Alsace's advice about a stylist - but I would not bet that the belts have been shelved. She might drop one on us any day now!!! I can't wait.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:14 PM | Registered Commenter

whaouh! this a cute dress , well cutted , structured! i like it a lot thought its not easy to wear this bright yellow color. Hum! finally Mrs O adopt a retro modern cut!
BRAVO Mrs O !!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterginger

Not many people can pull off such a shockingly bright color, but it works magically with Mrs. O's skin tone. How gorgeous! :)

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterCafe Fashionista

@ LOL the other jenna: I would loss the weight to, after all the talk of a baby bump during the foreign trip.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterJay

LOL @ Christina...Mrs. O never cut her hair, she simply had it pulled up and pinned down. In other, more relevant news, Mrs. O looked stunning in the yellow suit and with the curtains in the background of a similar hue, she looked like the epitome of a bright, beautiful summer day!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:55 PM | Registered CommenterStrong Foru

she looks AMAZING. that suit was MADE for her. (i mean, it probably literally was made for her, but i mean that on a more essential level too:).

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterWOW

@the other jenna

She has no stylist, Michelle does what she wants, so yes she will ALWAYS wear belts because that is what she likes!!!She should never change for no one.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 7:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterBella

I love this outfit. She looks fantastic!

I also heard that she did not have her hair cut. That it was pinned up at the country music event at the White House.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 7:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnn_T

Mrs. O and the girls visited Luray Caverns in Luray, VA yesterday. I've been trying to find pictures, but am not having much luck. It seems that the press was kept at bay this time. Has anyone else seen pics from the event?

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 7:26 PM | Registered CommenterMiss Holly


Friday, July 24, 2009 at 7:37 PM | Registered Commenterdoreen greaves

She looks absolutely stunning as always! The canary yellow is incredibly beautiful and the cut is classic and yet fun in a surprising way.

Max Mara did a double-breasted linen jacket that sold out in minutes in the same color and a hint of a square neckline...Nordstrom carried it and I snapped up one but still haven't had the nerve to wear it...wrong complexion maybe? It looks stunning on the the first lady and her gorgeous skin.


Friday, July 24, 2009 at 7:50 PM | Registered CommenterAudrey

Mrs O looks gorgeous. I love everything about the suit. Homerun.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 8:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Wow! yellow is one of those colors that I usually avoid because I always thought it was so "loud" but goodness Mrs. O pulls it off flawlessly. She looks simply Stunning! Elle a un sourire a couper le souffle!

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 8:36 PM | Registered Commenterzile


thats a beautiful jacket
go ahead and wear it

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 8:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterdanadevin74

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