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Michelle Obama sparkles in J. Crew

April 1, 2009 |  7:44 am

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Against a backdrop of protests and economic angst, the fashion parade continues in London at the G-20  summit. Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama took off for London wearing an ivory Thakoon coat, then changed clothes on the plane before arriving in a chartreuse Jason Wu dress (love that, someone who travels in style).

By this morning, for a breakfast with Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife, Sarah, and a visit to a cancer center, Obama had jettisoned the high-priced designer labels in favor of more fiscally conscious J. Crew -- a cheery, crystal-studded ivory cardigan and mint green jacquard pencil skirt.

The cardigan, by the way, is already sold out. (You can find similar beaded styles from the 1950s at almost any vintage store.) Next up, tea and cucumber sandwiches with the queen. Don't bet on seeing a hat, but maybe a sleeveless dress.

--Booth Moore

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Photo: Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and First Lady Michelle Obama visit Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in western London. Credit: Leon Neal / EPA