Business Casual Superstar: First Lady Style – The Printed Dress

by HumaR | June 9th, 2011   

By Huma Rashid

On my own business casual fashion blog, I once devoted two weeks (possibly three?) to recreating nothing but outfits worn by First Lady Michelle Obama. It was pretty fun. I didn’t always manage to get every outfit as close as I’d have liked it, but it was really cool to be able to track her style and offer it up on a budget for my readers.

I’m going back to that today, with this outfit worn by the First Lady, seen her with Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles.

michelle obama camilla parker bowles Business Casual Superstar: First Lady Style   The Printed Dress

I think this was taken close to Easter, which is reflected in the colors she’s wearing: that soft turquoise color with the berry pink. I used different colors, but stuck with the idea of a printed dress and a contrasting sweater.

huma rashid business casual superstar june9 Business Casual Superstar: First Lady Style   The Printed DressBrushstroke Cowl Neck Shift Dress ………. $41.30
Pointelle Sweater in Purple ………. $29.99
Rampage Nicki Pumps ………. $24.94

I picked this blue dress with the pretty brushstrokes, and decided to pair it with a bright lilac cardigan. Purple and blue work together, and the blue is dark, so I can get away with a brighter color like the purple/lilac here. I’d leave the buttons open and just let it hang, since the dress has a pretty cowl-neck. (Sorry I couldn’t do better with the sweater – I’d have gone with a drape front sweater. It’s hard to get exactly the piece I want sometimes with this $100 limit.)

After that, the black pumps were a no-brainer. First Lady Obama wore the grey T-straps because the floral design on her dress is grey, so I went with black because that color features pretty prominently in the dress. And there we have a business casual outfit (in which you can wear the dress on its own for an evening look away from the office) for under $100!


Thanks! :D I totally agree: I love her style. I particularly love that she mixes high end and low end pieces so frequently, and always so appropriately.


Lovely recreation, Huma! First Lady Obama has a wonderful sense of style (and stylists, I'm sure). She's brought a breath of fresh air to White House fashion. :)