Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball Gown: The Look for Less

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Mrs. O red Dress

Mrs Obama in Jason Wu alongside JS Boutique Doppelganger dress

I’ve heard from quite a few readers today about how much they loved Michelle Obama’s red Jason Wu dress from last night’s inaugural ball. In case you missed it, Mrs O rocked a ruby-red custom Jason Wu woven faille coupé gown. The dress was accented with a white gold ring with pavé diamonds at the collarbone from Kimberly McDonald. The dress was truly a luxury  fashion item.  For the First Lady of the United States, a special occasion gown was a necessity.

With Valentine’s Day coming up many of you have asked is there a recessionista version of this dress? Well good news.  Our spies went out searching like bloodhounds for something similar and found that JS Boutique offers a  red chiffon halter gown with a pinched neckline and beading under the bust for $198.  Look for this  gown at select Nordstrom locations. Its a taste of Mrs. O’s style without the luxury price tag.   If you check Nordstroms online, there are several red JS Boutique dresses on sale that give you at taste of Mrs. Obama’s style for under $200.00.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.