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Versatile fashion essentials for the conservative mom

Crystal Patriarche is the Director of Parenting Content for SheKnows and oversees the SheKnows Book Lounge. She's a mother, a life-long book lover, an Arizona State University journalism and public relations graduate and entrepreneur. ...

Beautiful fashion basics

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 #3: Cashmere shawl cardigan

A classic shawl cardigan is perfect for crisp fall weather. Whether you're going to the office or puttering around the house, it's a must-have. Grab a couple in your favorite basic fall colors.

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