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Honoring Culture and Custom

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Image by Jason Reed / Reuters

The president and first lady toured Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday morning. As is custom, Mrs. O wore a head scarf and stocking feet to tour the grounds, paired with a Stephen Burrows matte jersey pant suit. (The first lady wore the same sunrise yellow pantsuit by the Harlem-based designer in July 2010, here.) Mrs. O's head scarf, in animal print, with teal fringe and gold bead trim, puts a modern, fashion-forward spin on tradition -- demonstrating, once again, that no sartorial detail has been left untended!

Update: Mrs. O's scarf is the classic Prova “Sandinista” silk scarf fringed with three layers of fringe, a teal fabric fringe, a short gunmetal glass-beaded fringe and a pale lemon yellow pom-pom fringe. As many will recall, the first lady wore a Prova scarf on another trip overseas, during her trip to France in June 2009, here.

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Reader Comments (106)

To all the Middle Eastern and Asian women who posted their impressions of Mrs. O's fashion while in India and Indonesia- thank you!!

I really appreciated hearing your own impressions of Mrs. O's clothing choices and of your own fashion and culture.

I also am so sorry that Americans can be so ignorant and judgmental of other cultures. Unfortunately we still have a long way to go in learning tolerance and giving other individuals the benefit of the doubt regarding their own culture or religious beliefs. It is too easy to judge things by how they appear on the surface, rather than taking the time to understand why someone may think like that or act like that.

Anyway, I appreciated your comments most of all in these discussions here--it really added a helpful and beautiful dynamic from our fashionable sisters around the world!

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterKara

here is a nice article to go along with the picture

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterari2

jeez the melodramatic lol lol

Oh please Nora laura bush and many other first ladies have looked hideous on the world stage the only difference is you were not paying attention or watching them like a hawk.

Please with the dramatics... jeez lol lol

Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 11:09 PM | Registered Commenterbriana

In my opinion, it's a way to stand up for women's rights in the world.

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 12:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterJackie

No Brianna, contrary to what you or others on this blog may think, I happen to like the first lady's style (for the most part). The difference is that there was not a blog dedicated to the clothes that the first lasy wears and the Internet was not as pervasive as it is now. If there had been a blog about Bush, Clinton, et al, you better believe that I would have called them on their horrible outfits as well. It's about the threads and not the politics. Thank you

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 9:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterNora

I love the first lady. I usually love and duplicate all her looks, but I have to admit this is NOT one of her best look. I like the suit better the first time she wore it with a belt. Without the belt it is just too plain and does not flatter her perfectly fit body.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 1:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterDanie

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