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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 #6: The flat
The great thing about this versatile shoe is that you can wear it with almost anything . For working moms, the flat is comfortable but stylish when worn with a basic suit or pant. At home, the flat goes with jeans and casual cropped pants alike. And there are tons of styles out for fall: Plaid, ballet, simple black, moccasin and many more.