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FLOTUS' Thom Browne dress unveiled

We wish we could get a glimpse of the front of Michelle Obama's day time dress, but this is the back of what we think is the amazingly fitted dress by Allentown-bred designer, Thom Browne.

FLOTUS' Thom Browne dress unveiled

President Barack Obama, accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, first lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, waves as they arrive at St. John´s Church in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for a church service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, first lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, waves as they arrive at St. John's Church in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for a church service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ASSOCIATED PRESS

We wish we could get a glimpse of the front of Michelle Obama's day time dress, but this is the back of what we think is the amazingly fitted dress by Allentown-bred designer, Thom Browne.

The dress, similar to the coat,  is made of a navy, loden, grey, pink and white jacquard fabric used to fashion ties from.

Can't wait to see this dress from the front.

The coat was made of a navy silk textured tie jacquard with a fitted bodice and undulated skirt and the dress. The first lady wore J.Crew accessories. Her light blue shoes were by J.Crew as well and her boots - gotta love a woman that wears warm, comfortable shoes outside - are by former Coach designer,  Reed Krakoff.

Mrs. Obama wore a grey and black lace  dress by Browne to the Democratic National Convention and to one of the debates last year.

It makes sense to me that our first lady likes Browne’s work as she embraces unconventional cuts. Some call her the first lady of the too high waistline. But her somewhere between empire and perfect waist place where she fastens her belts is, what in my opinion, makes her look so fashion forward.

FLOTUS loves traditional pieces, but the cuts are always different. The neckline may be moved over a bit, or her hems may be just a bit too short. She's also known for wearing the too wide A-line.  It's this touch that makes her timeless look feel a little bit ahead of the curve. It is what makes her look modern.

I've always said that our eyes adjust to fashion and it's hard to appreciate something new. New silhouettes and colors are jarring, so our first instinct is not to like them - at least until a celebrity or   helps our eyes get used to the look. Then it becomes a must have.

“I thought the lines on that coat really flattered her figure,” said Clara Henry, director and chair of the department of fashion design at Philadelphia University. “The patterns worked well with the eye and it texturally all went to together. The pieces were individual, but there was a wholeness to it.”

About this blog

I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

Elizabeth Wellington Fashion Columnist
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