Michelle Obama on Her Style: 'It's Not Something I Focus On'

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On Wednesday morning, First Lady Michelle Obama sat with Today's Matt Lauer to discuss a variety of topics, from her husbands reelection efforts to her ongoing fight against childhood obesity. Unsurprisingly, Mrs. Obama's sartorial decisions were addressed—although not for very long.

While Mrs. Obama said she took the public's fascination with her personal style "as a compliment," she explained, "It's not something I focus on ... Everybody's got to get dressed in the morning and put on something. I hope people find it nice, but it's not something I focus on."

Much has been made of Mrs. Obama's choice to wear an Alexander McQueen gown to a State Dinner with Chinese President Hu Jintao, with everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Diane Von Furstenberg criticizing the first lady for wearing a European label. Mrs. Obama asserted,“I like to patronize American designers, and the vast majority of the clothes that I wear are [designed by Americans.] But there are a lot of other designers that have cute stuff, too ... I don't think that I’m any different from any other woman, other than the fact that people see what I wear and then they talk about it.”

Obama revealed that, above all else, practicality informs what she's wearing. "It's really just sort of, how cold is it? Do I have to stand outside, and what am I going to use to cover my arms if I'm freezing so I'm not shivering while I have to give a speech? It's really stuff like that."

(Via The Cut)

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