First Lady Style: Cardigan Cool

The many ways Mrs. O wears spring's must-have transitional piece.

Celia L. Smith Apr, 23, 2014

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The First Lady is giving us fever in this fabulous floral dress and cream cardigan –– such a spring moment.

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Who could forget this powder blue ombré "toile de joie" dress by Boy. By Band of Outsiders and matching periwinkle cardigan?

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This navy monochromatic moment couldn't have been more chic for the First Lady.

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This beautifully embroidered cardigan is bright enough to put a smile on our face!

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This painted piece Mrs. O's sporting shows she doesn't take fashion so seriously.

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The First Lady has met her match. This fab fuschia draped style is shown off equisitely when paired with a cropped bolero style cardigan.

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The versatility of a cropped cardigan is endless. Here, the First Lady re-works the style over a sheath dress for a fashion forward navy blue and black combo.

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What's cozier than a draped cardigan while jet-setting to China? The First Lady keeps it cute and comfortable on Air Force One.


Taking her cardigan to chic short lengths allows Mrs. O to show off her striped hi-waist skirt.

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Michelle Obama pulls together a pretty peach look complete with a 3/4" sleeve cardigan at the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

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The First Lady’s Brooch pins her cropped cardigan gracefully over her Thakoon sheath dress for an elegant Easter Sunday.

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Mrs. O masters this monochromatic moment with a heather grey cardigan over a similar shade Moschino sheath dress while supporting military families in Arlington Virginia.

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The First Lady’s cropped cardigan is the perfect piece for her beautifully printed Isabel Toledo empire waist dress.

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Mrs. O brings life to a somber moment at Pearl Harbor in a vibrant green dress complete with her classic black cardigan.

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The First Lady takes a fashionable twist by adding a wide orange leather belt to a yellow cardigan for a bolder impact.

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Here, Mrs. O takes the same cardigan and plays up the colorblocking trend with her daughters by selecting punchy shades that work amazing together.

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Mrs. O’s flower embellished cardigan makes an already lovely look even lovelier.

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In solemn elegance the First Lady sports her classic cardigan with an LBD and matching wide belt.

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Pinning her cardigan with a brooch adds a pretty touch to this cute crimson look.

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The First Lady plays up her lace floral patterned cardigan with a simple rose brooch.

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The First Lady keeps it simple in a khaki colored skirt and crisp off white cardigan.

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Michelle Obama’s argyle pastel-colored cardigan sweater softens up her charcoal pleated skirt.

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One of her most stunning cardigans is this pearl embellished style. When worn with a wrist full of pearl bracelets it creates a really luxe look.

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Fresh for Spring, the First Lady mixes a soft printed dress with a sea foam, short sleeve cardigan.

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Mrs. O goes for the gold, wearing a metallic jacquard dress and matching cardigan at the Nobel Prize ceremony.

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Mrs. O is a ray of sunshine on the stage with the President. Her yellow bow-front dress and matching short sleeve cardigan brightens up the moment.

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The First Lady pairs another gold jacquard look with a cardigan, this time a two-toned color pulled together with an over sized belt.

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Mrs. O sports a flower appliqued cardigan to go with her colorful floral dress.

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First Lady Michelle Obama wears an outfit that can easiily transition from from day to evening — a white ruffled blouse, and graphic print skirt complemented by a hunter green cardigan cinched with a wide belt.

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Another simple but stunning black on black moment for Mrs. O.

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First Lady Michelle Obama wears a scene stealing, bow-front Moschino blouse with her signature black cardigan and widebelt.

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Michelle Obama wears a purple dress with a black belt, pearl necklace and black cardigan on the day Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Presidential Nomination.

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Mrs. O looks lovely in this romantic lace number sweetly brooched with a rose.

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Michelle Obama chooses a rich navy cardigan to balance out the pretty prints in this outfit.

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A cardigan may seem simple, but in the hands of Michelle Obama, it is as stylish and sophisticated as a garment gets. The First Lady has consistently selected this style staple for every outing – from casual family events to stately political ones. See how she wears it and be inspired…

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The First Lady sparkles in this sweet ivory sweater with rich red embellishments.

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Mrs. Obama sports pretty pink layers in this cardigan and dress set on the Ellen show.

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We love the floral details on this peach of a sweater worn by the First Lady on interviews.

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The first lady looks bright and beautiful in her butter yellow cardigan and tank twin set.

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The First Lady selects a gorgeous floral print cardigan as she volunteers to serve the troops and their families.

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The First Lady and daughters are mellow in yellow tanks and sweaters. We love the contrast between the rich blues and bright yellows in Mrs. O’s ensemble.

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The pop of pink provided by Mrs. Obama’s cardigan adds a fresh, fun vibe to her classic sheath.

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This long, duo-ribbed cardigan looks sleek and sophisticated on the First Lady.

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Mrs. O looks gorgeous in this rich red belted cardigan.


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