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What to Wear When You Meet the Pope, According to Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama and Pope Francis

Take notes.

Regardless of religious affiliation, it's probably a good idea to look your best when meeting Pope Francis. After all, he gets dressed up in all those robes everyday, so it's only respectful, right? 

But what, you may ask, is the perfect ensemble? How does one achieve that perfect balance between modest and stuffy, stylish and traditional? First Lady Michelle Obama has the answers. 

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The always diplomatic Obama (who is known for repping designers native to whichever nation she is traveling to or hosting) turned to two classic designers for her looks: Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier.

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FLOTUS greeted the Pope on Tuesday in a robins egg blue cowl neck dress by Carolina Herrera. The knee-length cut and cheerful color give off the perfect, "Welcome to America, Pope Francis!" vibe — conservative, but not too Catholic school girl.

The following day, the First Lady switched it up in a three-quarter sleeve black crochet dress by Monique Lhuillier. While hanging out on a balcony with His Holiness and hubby President Barack Obama, the FLOTUS' dark dress was perfectly chic without taking too much attention from the man of the hour (The Pope, duh). All in all, a thoughtful move.

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