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Did Kate's Dress Upstage Michelle Obama's?

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were treated to a royal welcome at Buckingham Palace Tuesday.

London is the second stop on the Obama's four-nation European tour. The couple were received by William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Obamas were not invited to the royal wedding (the high cost of providing security for the Obamas was reportedly one of the reasons why), so this was their first meeting with the newlyweds.

All eyes were on Michelle and Kate, two of the most stylish and watched women in the world. Check out the photos below:

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The First Lady wore a pale green, floral dress Barbara Tfank's 2011 resort collection. The A-line silhouette is one she often favors. A metallic pink cropped jacket added a pop of color, and silvery pointed heels a modern touch.

The Duchess wore the "Shola" sheath dress by Reiss. The beige color complimented her tan (she and William just returned from their ten-day tropical honeymoon in the Seychelles). A gold necklace, simple clutch from Anya Hindmarch's Bespoke Collection and of course, that amazing sapphire engagement ring completed her look.

Of course, Reiss' website was inundated and shut down, much like how Libellula's was when designer Sophie Cranston was rumored to be the royal wedding dressmaker (it turned out to be McQueen's Sarah Burton).

So who won this clash of the style titans? Kate gets our vote for her effortlessly simple look. The First Lady looked a touch conservative (appropriate for a state visit) but still glamorous. Who looked better? Sound off in the comments below.

 

Comments (59)

Shelby:  1257 days ago

Kate is perfection....i have yet to see a pic of her where she didnt look amazing...Michelle always looks great as well, but Kate is younger, hotter, and pulls off ever outfit perfectly...

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Elle:  1257 days ago

No, Kate's dress did not upstage Michelle Obama. Each of them have their own style and there's the matter of generation. Don't youhave something of significance to report on?!?!

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mannequin:  1257 days ago

Kate, hands down. Has nothing to do with Kate being younger, more attractive or more congenial. What it has to do with is more than an outfit. I must say though that this outfit looks like that of a 6rd grader at their first Sadie Hawkins dance.

In my opinion, the First Lady just never looks natural or comfortable in her clothes, no matter what she's wearing. Everything looks contrived on her; as if she can't wait to get home and change. Kate on the other hand has style and confidence, which can't be bought and can't be forced. I don't think Michelle Obama really HAS a style.

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mannequin:  1257 days ago

And perhaps I should clarify that.... I meant Michelle Obama as the Sadie Hawkins dance victim, certainly not Kate.

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mary:  1256 days ago

Michelle's dress looked somewhat familiar. I then looked at my wedding album from years ago and saw a look-a-like dress....on my (at the time)67 year old grandma.

Michelle has never quite had First Lady fashion right.

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Thyna:  1256 days ago

Michelle should have just left the jacket in the car and she would have looked much better.

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Mimi:  1256 days ago

Wiliam must have been happy to be able to look someone in the eye while talking instead of bending down. Like Michelle's dress except the jacket. Kate looked great but is still too skinny.

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Maxine Pearl:  1256 days ago

Although Michelle's Dress was cute. This was not a Garden Party. If so, I would say Great. Kate looked absolutly Dressed for the Occasion. Simple and Elegant.

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darla:  1256 days ago

NO MANIQUIN AND MARY THATS JUST YOUR RACIST COLOURBLIND ATTITUDE TALKING. THE FIRST LADY UPSTAGED THE DUCHESS DRESS.THE FLOTUS DRESS COMPLIMENTS HER COLOURING JUST FINE WHILE KATE'S DRESS MADE HER LOOK LIKE A MAID. EVEN THE COLOUR DOES NOT SUITS HER. SHE LOOKS LIKE POCAHONTAS THAT GOT LOST IN THE PALACE. MICHELLE WAS PROPERLY PUT TOGETHER, HER HAIR, HER MAKE UP HER DRESS.
THE QUESTION IS CAN KATE CARRY AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION WITH THE HARVARD SCHOLAR AMERICAN FIRST LADY?

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Kate :  1256 days ago

Why does the First Lady always look like she bought her clothes at a thrift shop? She always looks terrible. Someone please put her in a proper suit or dress that is fitting of whatever the occasion is.

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Michele:  1256 days ago

Perhaps Kate could give the first lady some pointers? Michelle is the worst dressed First Lady I can recall.

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pam:  1256 days ago

They both look great and always do. Why pit them against one another?

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MaidenVoyage:  1256 days ago

Our First Lady is accomplished in so many wonderful ways. She has two beautiful children, an enviable education, and extraordinary compassion. However, Michelle does receive help with her clothing choices and someone's head should roll. Also, her stance could stand to be more lady-like instead of like the guard that surround the room. Confidence clearly marks the difference between the two ladies.

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Sandy:  1256 days ago

It cracks me up for people to think Michelle is fashionable. She had uphostry on as a dress,clashed with the couch. She needs to loose that butt. Kate on the other hand is pure class. You cannot become class you either are or you are not. Michelle will never attain it.

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Marie:  1256 days ago

Kate is a natural beauty. She has a knack for finding clothes and accessories that suit her body type and the occasion.

I agree with mannequin. Michelle always looks awkward and a lot of her clothes draw attention to her flaws rather than accenting her strongest features.

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