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So ruffles and metallics are not your thing -- you toe a more conservative wardrobe line, and that's okay. Simple, classic and reserved is in, and Michelle Obama rocks the look like no other mom we know. After "shorts-gate 2009," we have a feeling she'll lean even more toward elegant attire in the future. Here are four basic, essential pieces for your simple and tasteful fall wardrobe that take a cue from our fashion-forward First Lady.
Basic #1: Sweater set with belt
This simple and classic solid sweater set complete with cinched belt is perfect for the mom who is conservative but not dull in her fashion preferences. Wear it with a skirt, pants or jeans (but no shorts, please).