Michelle Obama Stuns in Tracy Reese Dress During DNC Speech

09/05/2012 at 09:15 AM ET

Michelle Obama Dress DNC
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You may not be a fan of her politics, but it’s likely that if you watched the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, you were a fan of Michelle Obama‘s elegant ensemble.

The First Lady stunned during her evening address, taking the stage in Charlotte, NC, in a pink and blue brocade Tracy Reese dress.

“Thanks everyone for sharing this amazing moment,” Reese Tweeted Tuesday night after news broke. “We are all so grateful and honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!”

Obama finished her look with complementary “Everly” suede J.Crew pumps (in rhubarb, $245), delicate Kimberly McDonald earrings, her signature side-parted hairstyle and subtle blue nail polish that set the Twitterverse abuzz. (UPDATE: A source on the First Lady’s team tells PEOPLE the hue was Artistic’s Colour Gloss gel in “Vogue”; she also says the White House was “flooded with requests” for the polish info after Obama’s speech.)

The First Lady has been a big proponent of American designers throughout her four years in the White House, and is particularly fond of Reese, choosing her designs for an international trip in 2011, a 2009 PEOPLE cover and a 2012 Ebony cover, among other occasions.

Though politics have certainly taken center stage during the Democratic and Republication conventions, fashion has found its way into the spotlight; last week, critics lauded Ann Romney’s cherry-red Oscar de la Renta dress, selected for her speech, and the $169 Talbots shift that Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna, wore during her husband’s address.

–Kate Hogan


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Candy on

Her husband is trying to get re-elected, and this is the best she could do? “Stuns” is a good word to describe her look (just too bad it is not in a good way).

Elizabeth on

Stuns? Hardly. She looks ok for a stroll in NYC, but I do believe she would have looked more appropriate with some type of jacket. Pretty, yes. STUNNING, no.

estfar on

She is head and shoulders a true representative of this country. You cannot put the Romneys in the same universe. She is the epitome of where this country needs to go – we are all in this together and I would prefer to have her as our first lady next to her husband leading this country.

Lorie on

For Patti – The comments were about the FIRST LADIES dress & how she looked in it. Your need to plug Ann Romney is not required. That is your opinion about a non topic. Wait until someone ask… who dresses better?… Until then KEEP IT MOVIN’….

Myownopinion on

Since when is the 1st lady required to dress like she is apart of the royal family?! I’m not crazy about he dress but WHO cares?? Shouldn’t this article be more about WHAT she said than what she wore?! She is a very well spoken and smart lady. Shame on you People.com this is part of this country’s problem…looks come before brains. Maybe next time an article on how she stunned the audience with her words.

Blissful on

I loved both Ann Romney and the First lady’s dresses. Each dress fit their personalities. As for those concerned with the cost of the dress; most Tracy Reese dresses are under $300 and on sale under $100.

Sash on

Patti please! You don’t know class! You probably don’t have it and never will. Demure? Are you 90?

Dawn on


Booka on

Who cares if she showed her arms? Everyone has them and hers are toned and perfect. Some people are weird and anal about arns being hidden.

KK on

She stands like a man.

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