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Michelle Obama In Boring, Yet Bold Blue Sheath at State of the Union

Michelle Obama's cobalt blue sheath by New York Fashion Week designer Barbara Tfank may have popped in the sea of mundane grays and blacks at Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, but the dress was a snooze.

Michelle Obama In Boring, Yet Bold Blue Sheath at State of the Union

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This handout photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, during a phone call from the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, immediately after his State of the Union Address, informing John Buchanan that his daughter Jessica was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Somalia. (AP Photo/Pete Souza, White House)
This handout photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, during a phone call from the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, immediately after his State of the Union Address, informing John Buchanan that his daughter Jessica was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Somalia. (AP Photo/Pete Souza, White House) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Michelle Obama's cobalt blue sheath by New York Fashion Week designer Barbara Tfank may have popped in the sea of mundane  grays and blacks at Tuesday night's State of the Union Address,  but the dress was a snooze.

Now I'm a fan of the sheath. I like irridescent fabric. I'm all for the midi-calf length skirt, but there was something about Mrs. Obama's choice of the evening that was boring. And the silhouette was totally unflattering.

Again, I think I'm in the minority here, too  as my colleagues and friends raved about Mrs. Obama's frock. Usually, I'm a big fan of the first lady's fashions because even when she questionably mixes her stripes and prints, she pushes the envelope and errs on the side of fashion forward rather than conservative. There was just nothing special about this dress.

Fashion thumbs down, here.

But President Barack Obama's SOTU speech was right on.

What do you think?

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