One of the coolest things I saw in Washington, D.C. (official trip post with pictures to come!) this week was the collection of First Ladies’ dresses at the Museum of American History. What girl doesn’t like to see “dressy dresses” as my 6-year-old daughter called them? Here are my official First Lady Fashion award winners:
Jackie Kennedy’s Yellow Evening Gown – I love the straight, clean look with the sash to accent her small waist. The off-the-shoulder look and long side train were the perfect way to personalize the dress!
Most Classic Runner-up
Best Pre-1900s Gown
Francis Cleveland’s Evening Gown
Though I’d prefer brighter colors, I appreciate all the attention to detail: the fur-edged hem, the side scallops, the rosettes, the damask-like print.
Nancy Reagan’s Inaugural Ball Dress
Well the image doesn’t do it justice, but this was really a fabulous dress. Not over the top but not too understated. I love the scalloped lines of the “neck” of the dress (going down her chest and under her arm)! This dress has a classic feel with its straight lines, but the beaded details and one-shouldered style increase it’s elegance.
Mamie Eisenhower’s Inaugural Ball Dress
This is how a pink dress is done! I LOVE the cut of this dress, which is flattering on most figures, and the 2,000+ rhinestones just make it shine beautifully! I love seeing it on Mamie, too – she’s got such a mischievous look in her eye in that photo.