Michelle Obama's Biggest Fashion Regret? Wearing Shorts

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Michelle Obama

has become known for her fantastic, unique sense of style. Whether wearing an affordable dress from Target or a stunning Jason Wu gown, the first lady's sartorial choices are typically lovely and really suit her body type and her personality. That said, there is one item she wishes she'd never worn in public.

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On Tuesday, Obama was a guest on BET's "106 & Park" and an audience member asked her about her biggest fashion regret. "I am kind of always happy with what I'm wearing, I think," said Obama. "Sometimes I forget I'm the first lady and I'm running around in shorts. I know the first time we went on a family vacation, I had shorts on getting off of Air Force One and that created a huge stink because people were like, 'she's wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.' And I thought, 'What? We're on vacation!' It was hot! So I've avoided shorts getting off of Air Force One."

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It's true. The moment Obama is referring to was on August 16, 2009 when she went on a family trip to the Grand Canyon. It was the hottest month of the summer, and while the first lady has a penchant for sweet sundresses, that may not have comfortable to wear at the notoriously windy national park. Instead she opted for shorts, a tank top with an open, button-down shirt over it, and sneakers. Should she have worn pants to avoid having her photo taken in shorts? Opted for longer shorts? After all the fuss was made, Obama said she's steered clear of wearing shorts ever since.

The first lady's outfit is admittedly more casual than most ensembles other former first ladies have worn, Obama seems to be more relaxed than her predecessors. She certainly stuns in elegant formal attire when the occasion calls for it, but also feels comfortable letting her guard down and wearing laid back garments. Unlike previous first ladies who exclusively wore designer ensembles, Obama stands out for wearing big chain retailers like H&M, the Gap, and Talbots.

Need further proof that the first lady is down-to-earth? Another audience member asked her what she misses most about her life before the White House. "I long to walk out that front door, go to CVS, and buy some toothpaste and nobody would notice me," said Obama. She's tried sneaking out in a baseball cap in the past, but says it's getting increasingly harder not to be recognized and she yearns to shop with anonymity.

Wearing shorts on vacation and shopping for her own toothpaste? Maybe some famous people really are just like us.

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