[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/20/art.getty.michelle.gown.jpg caption="First lady Michelle Obama stepped out Tuesday night in a white detailed gown designed by Jason Wu."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - “What should I wear” is a question many women have asked before dressing for a big event, but if you think you have it rough, step into Michelle Obama’s shoes – Jimmy Choo shoes that is.
Michelle Obama graced the first inaugural ball of the evening in a white, one-shoulder, Jason Wu dress with delicate detailing. Regarded as a fashion no-no, the first lady chose pure white to wear during the winter, and the bold number is getting mixed reviews by the fashion elite.
Hailed by some as the modern-day Jackie O., speculation has swirled over what, or who, the first lady would wear on her husband’s big day. Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the renowned designers who created sketches of possible outfits for the first lady to don on the big night. But ultimately, Michelle decided upon the white detailed number to celebrate her husband’s transition to the Oval Office.
Earlier in the day, Michelle Obama arrived at the Capitol for her husband’s swearing-in ceremony in a creamy gold lace sheath dress and matching coat by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo. She paired the ensemble with green J.Crew leather gloves and Jimmy Choo kitten-heel pumps.
Gowns chosen by first ladies for inauguration night have won them either praise or ridicule. First ladies’ ensembles have always piqued public interest, and the Smithsonian museum satisfies the public’s appetite, housing a variety of outfits worn by presidents’ wives for display in their “First Ladies Collection.”