This weekend I had the honor of writing a guest post for one of my favorite blogs, Already Pretty, on the topic of First Lady Michelle Obama and why so many women follow her style. Premise? If you're a Gen-X woman who loved Winona Ryder in "Heathers" -- and who among us did not? -- Mrs. O is her real-life, mid-life sartorial equivalent:
Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) is pretty and socially adept enough to be accepted by the mean girls, too smart and good-hearted to stay one of them forever, and tough enough to put them out of business for good. And she looked amazing doing it, in grey jersey and black grosgrain and colored tights. Winona Ryder will never be a shoplifter or (shudder) Spock's mom to us--she will always be Veronica.
So when Mrs. O came on the scene--well, many of us swooned. Stylewise, Michelle Obama is to standard First Lady attire as Veronica Sawyer is to the Heathers.
Check out the whole piece here. I end with four fashion tips that I learned from Mrs. O and "Heathers." The last one is relevant to Miss Conduct readers:
Dress for Any Table in the Cafeteria. Unlike the Heathers, Veronica could sit at any table in the cafeteria. She didn't wear a cheerleader's uniform, or a black trenchcoat, or a slogan. Her style was a matter of individual expression, not tribal affiliation.
Mrs. Obama, similarly, keeps a flexible profile: classic American prep mixed with urban edge, athletic practicality, high glamour, aesthetic adventuresomeness.
It's more than mere eclecticism--it's a way of acknowledging, as another Gen-X teen classic would have it, that there's a princess, a basket case, a brain, a jock, and a criminal inside every one of us. Dress like you know it.
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