The Reasonably Prudent Law Student Shows How to Put First Lady Looks into Your Frugal Wardrobe

by Rachel Yeomans | January 5th, 2010   

Greetings, WorkingWardrobe fans! For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Huma Rashid of The Reasonably Prudent Law Student, where I often put together business casual ensembles for under $100 as part of my Business Casual Superstar series. Starting on Christmas Day 2009, I decided to ring in the New Year with a series of outfits inspired by those worn by Michelle Obama during her first calendar year as First Lady of the United States.

And now, thanks to Rachel, I’m happy to bring one such outfit to TheWorkingWardrobe. My BCS posts usually include a full cast of oddball supporting characters, like my mother (Mama Hoomster, who disapproves of almost everything I wear and would be happiest if I just dressed in Russian circus tents), my father (Papa Hoomster, who requires frequent mailed invitations to join the 21st century), and my ulcer (Eustace, who’s currently knocking down some walls in my stomach lining because he wants a new rec room). I’ll leave all those idiots at my blog today, though. They’d just run amok here, anyway. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Speaking of nice things, take a look at this Michelle O ensemble:

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What I like about it is that she plays with basically three colors in a way that isn’t overtly matchy-matchy, but is still a light, feminine look that’s casual and yet still polished enough.

She wore this outfit in mid-August; if you’re thinking about reviving it for the winter months, I’d go with a cooler, darker blue than the cardigan she’s wearing, and stockings/pantyhose.

Let’s take a look at what I managed to put together:

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Shirred Silk Dress ………. $59
Crochet Trim Cardigan in blue ………. $9.99

Croco-Embossed Stiletto Pump ………. $19
Allegra Rhinestone Bracelet in teal/gold ………. $4.80

The dress brings in the brown and white that form a great base for that pretty, delicate short-sleeved blue cardigan. I added a matching sparkly blue bracelet, similar to the bangles Mrs. Obama wears, because the short sleeves make accessories there a must. The dark shoes tie into the dress, and reptile shoes are very big this season. If the heel’s too high for you, or you don’t feel it’s appropriate to wear stilettos to work (women and office dress codes vary on this one), try these pumps for a comparable $19.95.

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The dark brown shoes tie the look together far better than beige or tan/nude pumps ever could, much less blue shoes, and the heel on these is much more manageable than the crocodile-embossed ones. (Although, personally, I like the first ones better. I’m 5’1/2″ so I’ve long since trained myself to walk around in ridiculous heels.)

And there we have a stylish, fun ensemble from our First Lady! Be sure to check out the Business Casual Superstar series for more Michelle Obama looks, as well as other business casual outfits.

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