While this is not the first time the First Lady has worn Azzedine Alaia, Mrs. Obama’s dress choice for tonight’s State of the Union address is a stark contrast from her previous styles worn at this event, according to The Washington Post. In 2009 she took heat for showing off her toned arms in a Narcisco Rodriguez look, and was elegant in Isaac Mizrahi in 2010. She chose Rachel Roy for the 2012 address and dared the critics to bash her fabulous arms in a sleeveless Jason Wu look in 2013.
So why the conservative look in 2014? The answer probably lies in her husband’s theme in his 2014 State of Union address to Congress. Not even FLOTUS wants to take the focus off the President’s message. With the average American barely getting by, a conservative look is the smart way to go.
President Obama’s State of the Union address was a loud call to action, ABC News reports. With a promise and pledge to charge forward in 2014 on matters involving economic opportunities, the President set an agenda for moving forward.
With economic growth and progress somewhere over the horizon, the President rallied Congress with hopes for a radical 2014; a “breakthrough year” for the United States. “The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all,” he said. “Our job is to reverse these trends. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything.”
According to CBS News, President Obama’s message to America was full of opportunity and hope. “What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead,” the President said. “Let’s face it: that belief has suffered some serious blows. Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.”
President Obama expressed his commitment to this action call to “reverse the tides” of increasing corporate wealth juxtaposed with decreased options for average Americans, with or without Congress.
“What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you,” he said. “But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”