No matter what Michelle Obama wore to the Inauguration, it's no surprise: it would only be a matter of minutes till it sold out.
Mrs. Obama’s big-day wardrobe featured accessories that are accessible to everyday Americans. Her Thom Browne jacket and dress were matched with a pair of J.Crew heels for a religious service in the morning, and were later transitioned for the official ceremony with the addition of a jeweled belt by the preppy retailer. The Obama’s elder daughter, Malia also wore J.Crew, personalizing the brand’s Lady Day Coat by switching out its buttons. Eric Wilson of the The New York Times tweeted that Malia’s coat was actually purchased off-the-rack.
In fact, all of the Obama’s J.Crew finery was on store racks this morning—but that’s not the case anymore. A visit to the retailer’s site shows that the Obama clan’s style picks are almost entirely sold out, recalling the frenzy that surrounded Mrs. Obama’s green J.Crew gloves in 2008. Malia’s $325 wool-blend coat in ‘fresh plum’ is only now available in a size zero. Michelle’s $238 Valentina patent pumps in ‘Aluminum’ are only available in a 9.5 and a 10. And her $265 rhinestone belt, actually a part of J.Crew’s bridal collection (it’s paired with a wedding gown online), is completely out of stock.