From the haven’t-we-got-better-things-to-worry-about department comes word that First Lady Michelle Obama is causing an uproar because she’s wearing sleeveless dresses:
“One reader summed it up better than most of them. She talked about how the season is winter, the occasion was business and a sleeveless dress was the wrong style at the wrong time,” said Chicago Tribune style reporter Wendy Donahue.
She said the paper’s Web site has received hundreds of online responses about Obama’s outfit.
“Most of the complaints centered on the dress conveying a sense of informality on a serious occasion,” Donahue said. “She’s kind of faced some criticism for that in the past where people have said maybe [her clothing is] distracting from the central point, from what is going on.”
Even some Washington insiders were surprised by Obama’s wear because of the frigid February weather.
“When she was at the non-State of the Union address and had the sleeveless dress on, that was a bit of a surprise and I got some e-mails from some folks who were, you know, they work on the Hill and they were like, ‘Wow she’s sleeveless,’” Henderson said. “‘Nobody else is sleeveless here and it is the winter.’”
Seriously, is this really something people should be bitching about? If she were showing up in jogging pants and a tank top with old ratty sneakers I could possibly see giving a shit, but this is ridiculous. I’m willing to bet she wears a lot of sleeveless outfits because she doesn’t like the feel of sleeves on her arms. It’s the same reason I tend to wear almost exclusively short-sleeved shirts. I hate the feel of sleeves on my forearms even in the dead of winter. It has to be pretty friggin’ cold for me to wear a long sleeve shirt. Or a seriously special occasion, and even then I’d rather wear a short sleeved shirt and not take off my jacket.