February 14, 2011 12:00 PM


Michelle Obama’s style is both chic and accessible, says Kate Betts in her new book Everyday Icon. Want the look? These elements are key:

CARDIGANS: Choose a brightly colored sweater instead of a blazer. (Michelle wore a $49 Gap number for a lunch with Nancy Reagan.)

FLATS: Ballet shoes, maybe metallic. She’s made a push for flat shoes—perfect for the Mom-in-Chief.

COLOR: Forget obvious reds and blues. She loves colors that are a little mysterious.

SLEEVELESS SHEATHS: Make them formfitting and add a statement necklace.

BOLD FLORALS: Hard to wear but they show you have confidence.

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