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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 #5: The perfect pant

Moms come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the best fall trends is pants that do, too. Yes, skinny is still in, but you can't go wrong with a wide-leg or loose trouser, cropped or full length, either. Get rid of your mom jeans and find the perfect pant for you.

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