Our first lady has shown us it’s completely socially acceptable – while still sexy – to show off our shoulders.

And granted, we may not have limbs as sculpted as Michelle, but we can still take a lead from her. This adorable – ironically named – Michelle Dress by BB Dakota is a great way to start.

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I’m loving its houndstooth fabric with a big bow on the left shoulder – it’s so perfect for work, and the model’s pairing of it with opaque tights – brilliant!

Aside from the Michelle-inspired bare shoulders, houndstooth is awesome – and like many other prints, hot this season. What a great way to fuse styles!