People are being catty about Michelle Obama’s dress choices.

From the haven’t-we-got-better-things-to-worry-about department comes word that First Lady Michelle Obama is causing an uproar because she’s wearing sleeveless dresses:

“One reader summed it up better than most of them. She talked about how the season is winter, the occasion was business and a sleeveless dress was the wrong style at the wrong time,” said Chicago Tribune style reporter Wendy Donahue.

She said the paper’s Web site has received hundreds of online responses about Obama’s outfit.

“Most of the complaints centered on the dress conveying a sense of informality on a serious occasion,” Donahue said. “She’s kind of faced some criticism for that in the past where people have said maybe [her clothing is] distracting from the central point, from what is going on.”

Even some Washington insiders were surprised by Obama’s wear because of the frigid February weather.

“When she was at the non-State of the Union address and had the sleeveless dress on, that was a bit of a surprise and I got some e-mails from some folks who were, you know, they work on the Hill and they were like, ‘Wow she’s sleeveless,’” Henderson said. “‘Nobody else is sleeveless here and it is the winter.’”

Seriously, is this really something people should be bitching about? If she were showing up in jogging pants and a tank top with old ratty sneakers I could possibly see giving a shit, but this is ridiculous. I’m willing to bet she wears a lot of sleeveless outfits because she doesn’t like the feel of sleeves on her arms. It’s the same reason I tend to wear almost exclusively short-sleeved shirts. I hate the feel of sleeves on my forearms even in the dead of winter. It has to be pretty friggin’ cold for me to wear a long sleeve shirt. Or a seriously special occasion, and even then I’d rather wear a short sleeved shirt and not take off my jacket.

5 thoughts on “People are being catty about Michelle Obama’s dress choices.

  1. Harkens back to the days when women were supposed to be covered head to toe to be “appropriate”…Who the fuck cares if her clothes are sleeveless as long as they aren’t hooker type clothes.  Hell, I say let her wear em…not many women up there that are young enough not to have flappy arms to wear sleeveless…then again maybe that is the issue…HAHA…everyone is jealous that she has nice arms.  LOL

  2. As you said it is a stupid thing to be concerned about when more serious problems exist.  These people sound like high school clique girls trying to make themselves appear better than the person they criticize.

  3. The First Lady is awesome and looks nice in whatever she wears.  Sandy nailed it, people are jealous.

  4. It was only 45 years ago when Jackie Kennedy would DEFINE style, through her wardrobe.  I would be willing to bet that the same effect will be in force in the very near future.  When people start noticing that smart carreer-minded women are wearing the same stuff that Michelle Obama is, she will begin to define style in her own right.

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