Michelle Obama wasn't the "first lady" to be spotted in a velvet, lemongrass-colored dress from the Calvin Klein collection. Michelle Monaghan wore an edgier version of the same dress to the 2009 Free Arts NYC Benefit Auction back in May.
While I wasn't especially surprised to see this color on Mrs. Obama (remember her Inauguration day ensemble?), worn while accompanying the president to receive his Nobel Peace Prize in Norway, I do prefer the conservative hemline over Michelle Monaghan's and, while the first lady did wear a matching overcoat at points, the way her knit cardi sets off the rich fabric of the dress here.
The purple version of this dress has also been worn by Eva Mendes.
Which style is the right way, and which one needs to hit the highway? You tell me in the comment section below.
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