Michelle Obama Reveals Her Fashion Motto

10/18/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Miss Piggy InStyleCarolyn Kaster/AP

First Lady Michelle Obama may be a major fashion plate, but she’s not choosing her daily looks based on labels — it’s all about practicality.

Speaking to reporters Monday during a roundtable at the White House for her Let’s Move! campaign, Obama revealed her personal style motto. “I have to wear what I love,” she said. “I have to feel good in it. My day-to-day wardrobe choices are very practical. I’m like, ‘What’s the temperature?’ ‘Am I going to be sitting in the grass?’ ‘Will I be playing with kids?’ ‘Can I sit on the floor?'”

The First Lady explained that her key concerns are generally about her shirts bunching up or not covering enough of her back, because “if I bend over [I’m] worrying about that … embarrassing shot,” she joked.

And though she chooses her casual clothes — H&M, Gap, Talbots, Target (which she wore Monday, above) with a purpose — naturally, she also shops for what she really likes. “It’s like my music,” she explained. “Everything in my closet is something that I love, so that I can make choices based on what makes sense, knowing that I’m going to love whatever it is. I think that tends to be my philosophy.”

Obama said that with the focus off her clothes, she can focus instead on the people she’s with at any given event. “If I’m comfortable in what I have on, that’s second nature, and then all my attention can go to the people in the room that I’m with at the time, and I don’t have to worry about whether something is riding up or whether my feet hurt. I don’t want to waste anxiety on something as limited as clothes.”

However, when it comes time for major galas, the First Lady does think a bit more fashionably. “I try to be thoughtful about spreading the wealth: young designers,” she said. “Mixing things up is important to me.”

But at the end of the day, it’s about the personal impression she’s making on others, and not so much about her looks. “Ultimately, did they walk away feeling good and inspired, and maybe ready to think a little bit differently?” she said. “That’s what I’m hoping to do with the interactions I have.”

–Kate Hogan


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Perk on

LOL to all you haters and bitter women. If it was Barbara Bush being interviewed and talking about her fashion, you wouldn’t have a problem. But how soon do we forget Mr. Obama was put in office to clean up the MESS that your dear Bush created!!!!! Mrs. Obama is not the president, so GET OFF HER @SS! SHE IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND SHE CARRIES HERSELF WITH CLASS. For the one that hasn’t found a Job, how about you look yourself in the mirror and be real with yourself, is it that you can’t find a job or that you can’t find a job that YOU WANT? Beggers can’t be choosey miss, I’m sure you can find a job, matterfact a lot of retail stores are looking for help for the holidays…..how bout you try that. Last I checked MRS. OBAMA was not the hiring manager for the United States!!!!

ni'nat on

It kills me that you racist ppl can come on here and give your comments about a fashion article about our first lady and be so critical…your opinion is just what it is your opinion but please don’t blame her for you being unemployed and saying she is out of shape…if you want to talk about being out of shape look at all of the other first laides before her none of them had great shapes let alone did they received that much criticism as this first lady…ppl take a look in the MIRROR it’s something that you are seeing that you don’t like about yourself…stop the hating if you don’t like the current president do something in 2012…

Marlyn on

How about not deleting my comments, People? I guess you don’t want people to know the truth about her frumpy fashion no-no’s. You must know it’s true. You leave someone’s comment in that says she looks like a baboon, but you won’t add mine because I critizied her fashion mistakes. Go figure.

sam on

What fashion? She is a laughing stock….I cringe every time I see her.

Kim F on

I say to each his own. Yes, OUR first lady likes to dress and she looks nice. Why all the negative BS about her? If she were walking around with a dress on made from a pair if drapes from the oval office you’d have something to say or a dress by a top designer you would have something to say. Find someone else to pick on and let the First Lady play her role. Besides she adds a litte color to a very colorless landscape. Stop judging people thats not very nice.

Ray on

For the first time in my life, I’m proud of my clothes!!! LOL

eve on

She definitely nailed it! WEAR what you love..

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