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.
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.
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!