Did you see Michelle Obama on Leno this week? To paraphrase one of my favorite Barrington Levy songs — every day I love her just a little bit more.
I would be ever so proud to have her as the first lady. But this post isn’t about politics. It’s about fashion!
55 Secret Street already gave Michelle some fashion recommendations, and I think Stereohyped hit the nail on the head when they cited her style icon status as key to her increasingly successful campaigning.
I look at Michelle and she makes me want to step up my style game. And she makes me think I can almost afford to do so — this Obama mama shops at H&M and J Crew (love that Italian Deco tank!). Fabulous blog Mrs. O really details her fashion better than I ever could.
Michelle is a fashion trendsetter. She’s not afraid to accessorize, and the central focus of her look is often a bold, jeweled brooch. As the LA Times notes at the Democratic National Convention: “…with her jeweled pin, she may have single-handedly brought back the brooch. Grandmas, guard your jewelry boxes.”
The LA Times reader poll rated her DNC style as “matronly,” but I say give it time. If Michelle becomes first lady, we might be in for a whole new renaissance of pinned on chest jewelry. So, Mrs. O — if I may be so bold — might I recommend some fun, funky, fresh brooches to breathe fresh life into your favorite retro fashion accessory?
Michelle admitted she likes to shop online, and she’s always looking for a bargain. So I extend this invitation to Michelle Obama, and any woman who wants to work a little of her style into their wardrobe. Brooches FTW! Come with me to Etsy, where everything is handmade by talented artists, and prices are waaaay cheaper than Neiman Marcus or Saks. Just sayin’.
I’d like to think Michelle Obama is technologically savvy, well read, and funky enough to appreciate steampunk style, and I think this cool steampunk Springs and Things pin would get folks talking in a good way. It’s delicate and pretty, yet edgy and cool. And it’s $25 from Etsy shop The Grand Design.
Michelle could stave off the haters and those who question her patriotism with this big, bodacious USA rhinestone pin. Ten bucks and over the top. (Is it me, or does that pin look like it would go great with Weavin Steven’s hairstyle on Joanne Cash in that episode of Split Ends?)
This mahogany pin made of Scrabble pieces is cute, timely and cheap — just six bucks.
We already saw that Michelle likes to pile on the flower brooches. A floral accessory can be so fresh and fun, and it’s a fabulous accent for spring, summer — even fall if you choose your colors right.
I also love the $45 darling coppertone Dahlia brooch/headband by Australian designer Begurple Designs. Very pretty, very unique, great seasonal colors. Michelle could so pull off the wrist corsage/brooch. Tres chic.
Is might be kind of weird to wear floral jewelry in winter, when you can see your breath and the ground is blanketed in white. If you’d like a seasonal spin on an eye catching accessory, this snowflake brooch could be the ticket. $240 is pricey by Etsy standards, but the creator, Beadmatrix is an award winning jeweler. Their Moonlight Corona biwa pearl brooch was the Silver Medal Winner for Wirework, at Fire Mountain Gems 2008. So $220 is worth it for that kind of craftsmanship.
Another way to rock a brooch is to combine it with another piece of jewelry. Check out this stunning black enamel brooch necklace, for example. $63 from Stacy Cameron Jewels, who also makes ribbon wrapped, brooch studded bangles.
How do you feel abut Michelle’s accessories, bellas — do brooches strike you as a touch matronly? Or are you ready to add a new accessory to your fashion arsenal?