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How Should The Obama Daughters Be Dressed?

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Fashion-wise, American girls are careening between Meth Belly Pirate Slutoween costumes, bedazzled jean jackets worn with heels and blush and tramps-in-training T-shirts. Since Sasha and Maila Obama are about to become the most visible American girls in the world, WWD wonders, what should they wear?

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The style bible asked several children's wear designers to imagine inauguration ensembles for the First Daughters. The styles range between colorful skirts and classic, full-skirted dresses — there's even a black velvet pinafore of sorts — but all of the sketches (except for the Bonnie Young evening gowns) seem rather old-fashioned.

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(At left, a design by Lucy Sykes; center, a dress by Olive Juice; right, coats by Best & Co.)

Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, are modern young ladies, not porcelain dolls. Yes, they should look classic, yes, they should look appropriate. But isn't there something antiquated or passé about a little girl in a dress with a Sound Of Music bow at the waist? Clearly, velour pants with "Juicy" emblazoned across the ass would not be appropriate. But. If their father is running on a platform of change, couldn't that be represented in Sasha and Malia's style?

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Erin Gloria Ryan

So they should dress like American Girl dolls, specifically Samantha Parkington?