Will Michelle Obama’s Cardigan Become A Point Of Debate?

She does not have a perfect history with cardigans.

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Sandwiched between her Thom Browne coat and Thom Browne dress, Michelle Obama wore the same Reed Krakoff cardigan she wore yesterday to her husband’s swearing-in.

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Wearing a sweater two days in a row is very Michelle Obama — a down-to-earth touch that everyone notices, a reminder that she wears stuff twice like normal people. However, not everyone is a fan of the cardigan’s second coming.

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I know she doesn’t want controversy, but Michelle Obama should have taken that blue cardigan off. The dress looks awesome.— Lene (@sparkilene)

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Though cute, well-coordinated, and practical, the cardigan has the potential to become a point of contention in the fashion press (the only place really where these things can become points of contention). When Michelle wore a black cardigan over her Narciso Rodriguez dress on election night in 2008, the Times offered: “The sweater seemed to throw off the dress’s proportions and obliterate its lines, detractors said.”

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The Obamas on election night in 2008. Getty Images

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Michelle later said that she wore the cardigan because they were in Chicago — where it was cold.

And she was criticized for wearing a cardigan to meet Queen Elizabeth in 2009. “You don’t… go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater,” Oscar de la Renta, whose clothes the FLOTUS has noticeably never worn publicly, told Women’s Wear Daily. (The designer has quite publicly criticized the first lady’s fashion a few times.)

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But probably as long as de la Renta resists offering his opinion, today’s cardigan will be just as celebrated as everything else Michelle wears. Because really, didn’t she look great?

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