For once in public, Michelle Obama was dressed fairly decently. At the State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016 that some of us skipped in favor of watching our local National Hockey League team, the first “lady” appeared in the upper gallery in a marigold wool crepe dress by Narciso Rodriguez done in a relatively classic style (even if it was sleeveless). The band around the waist is more modern, but the dress itself was a long, classic sheath.
The dress was available at Neiman Marcus. According to their website, the dress sold out.
And what was the cost to taxpayers, the educated reader asks? The floor retail price was $2,083 before Black Friday. On the biggest sale day of the year the price dropped a bit to $628. One would have to assume that this is what passes for clearance at the higher end stores.
According to a CNBC story, during and after the SOTU address last night, online searches and ordering of the frock – really not bad for something that Michelle would wear – were plentiful. The dress was not exclusive to Neiman Marcus and there was at least one outlet with one dress available as of the publication of their article. Online shoppers who are late to the party, though, will be disappointed to know that since the dress was already marked down at Neiman’s it will not be ordered (or available) again through that retailer.
The general public purchasing clothing featured on famous women is not at all a new phenomenon, and of late has spurred the popularity of clothing worn by Kate Middleton, and other people considered to be arbiters of fashion. While Michelle Obama is no Jackie Kennedy when it comes to setting a unique and classic style, this particular dress did in no way embarrass the rest of the women in America…except for the thought that $638 for a dress is a bargain.
H/T – Business Insider