First Lady Fashion Under $250

There's more than a hint of Michelle Obama in fearless print mixes, feminine '50s shapes, and peep-toe slingbacks. Hail to the chic.

October 7, 2009 5:57 PM
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Dress, $189, jacket, $149, Liz Claiborne New York; shoes, $39.99, Mia; bangle, $95, Kate Spade; bag, stylist's own.
anne klein floral cardigan and skirt
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Cardigan, $119, AK Anne Klein; skirt, $225, Anne Klein New York; belt, $70, Topshop; bag, $149, Club Monaco; bracelet, $80, Kenneth Jay Lane.
kate spade top and banana republic skirt
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Top, $225, Kate Spade; skirt, $69, bag, $69, Banana Republic; shoes, $89, Liz Claiborne New York; bracelet, $250, Pono by Joan Goodman. On hair: Sunsilk Hold Me Forever Serious Hold Hairspray.
jcpenney print dress
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Dress, $100, American Living for JCPenney; shoes, $39.99, Mia; bag, $44.50, The Limited; bangles, $50 each, Kenneth Jay Lane.
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Bikini top & bottom, $172.50 each, Orla Kiely; jacket, $169, Club Monaco; shoes, $39.99, Mia; bracelet, $200, Pono by Joan Goodman; sunglasses, $19.99, A.J. Morgan.
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Top, $90, A.P.C.; cardigan, $158, shorts, $65, necklace, $150, J.Crew; shoes, $39.99, Mia; bag, $195, Hype Handbags; sunglasses, $19.99, A.J. Morgan. On cheeks: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter in Healthy Glow.
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Dress, $200, A.P.C.; bag, $69, Banana Republic; bird pins, $94 per pair, Tatty Devine.
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Dress, $250, J.Crew; skirt, $78, Kristin Davis; shoes, $39.99, Mia; bag, $85, Liz Claiborne New York; sunglasses, $130, Ray-Ban; bracelet, $80, Kenneth Jay Lane.
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Dress, $118, Calvin Klein; cardigan, $88, J.Crew; bag, $88, Jessica Simpson Collection; necklace, $130, Pono by Joan Goodman; bangle, $38 for set of three, Liz Claiborne New York.
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SHOP THE SHOOT

Indulge in a cocktail of '50s-style gingham and full skirts - and spike it with a stiletto peep toe.

LADYLIKE TREND TIP: Mix in edgy jewelry and high-tech fabrics so this retro look stays fashion forward, not frothy.
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SHOES $110, Guess; macys.com for stores.
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Dress, $49.90, H&M; hm.com for stores.
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SUNGLASSES $11, Fred Flare; fredflare.com.
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NECKLACE $59.50, Express; express.com.
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TOPS $48 each, Gap; gap.com.
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COOLER $128, Juicy Couture; (310) 550-0736.
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SHOES $89, Liz Claiborne New York at Belk; (866) 235-5443.
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JACKET $188, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
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Dress, $198; maxstudio.com.
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WATCH $195, Badgley Mischka; (310) 248-3750.
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BANGLES $85 to $198, P.Y.T.; pytjewelry.com for info.
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CLUTCH $118, Kenneth Cole New York; kennethcole.com for stores.
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SKIRT $64, Topshop; topshop.com.
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BLAZER $119, Liz Claiborne New York; lizclaiborne.com.