First Lady Mixes Designer and Affordable Pieces at Swearing-In

Michelle Obama's new hairstyle and stylish clothing turned heads on Monday.

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First lady Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day outfit -- an all-American combination of high-end designer and mall-shop affordable chic -- proved a memorable choice, according to USA Today.

First lady Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day outfit is an all-American, high-low, coat-and-dress mix, but it's so cold in Washington you couldn't see the dress under the coat.

Or at least not until the swearing-in was over and she took off the coat for the inaugural lunch with Congress ...

The White House said Obama is wearing a navy Thom Browne coat and dress in a reflective fabric and a pattern based on the style of a men's silk tie. Under the coat, she's wore a royal blue bolero-style cardigan by Reed Krakoff, over the Browne dress, which appeared to be pale blue or grey, with an A-line panel-pleat skirt.

She had on a sparkly belt from J. Crew over the coat, and earlier had on pale blue kitten-heeled shoes by J. Crew. Her boots were also Reed Krakoff and her wine-colored gloves were J. Crew. Her jewelry is by Cathy Waterman.

The classy outfit comes on the heels of the debut of a new hairstyle with bangs. USA Today reports in a separate story that it was the talk of the inaugural festivities.

With just a few snips, first lady Michelle Obama's new 'do has become the talk of the town this inauguration.

Here's a round-up of reaction to Mrs. O's bangs:

"A youthful new hairstyle: a straight, shoulder-skimming cut with bangs." --People StyleWatch

"Gorgeous." --Mrs. O blog

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