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On to Botswana

The First Lady and crew arrived in Gaborone, Botswana today, where they were greeted by traditional dancers. For this stop in her trip through Africa, Mrs. O embraced a bold palette, pairing a Jean Paul Gaultier pant suit with a Tory Burch Kerala reverse wrap belt, available here, at the waist.

After arriving, the First Lady changed into more casual attire to paint a mural with youths at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center. Mrs. O wore a Rachel Roy Sable Leather Ribbed Knit Jacket, seen at least once before, here. Update (6/28): It also appears that the First Lady was wearing Alexander Wang Doodle Print Jeans, available here. How apropos for mural painting!

Finally, Mrs. O was back in ASOS Africa, wearing a beaded collar jacket (on sale here) paired with a Duro Olowu Fall 2010 scarf as she walked with Ian Kirby of Mokolodi Game Reserve prior to a private dinner in Gaborone, Botswana. Thanks to Kemi of Shop Liquorice for the spot. 

All photos by Charles Dharapak / AP Images

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Again...her outfit choices for this trip a wonderful! The saturated color of this suit with the woven ethnic-like belt just seems to "fit" with the vibrant welcome of the dancer!

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 4:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterAdear

That red is STUNNING! And I loooove the belt! This must be so exciting and humbling for her.

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterLoveMObama

michelle obama is stylish and substance im so glad michelle is inspire the youth and women our first lady is making us proud i loved her speech and her outfits

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterlayla

i love this red suit michelle wore i called power suit this great outfit for her wow it looks amazing on her im enjoying the flouts trip

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered Commenterlayla

Here is the best slide show I've seen of Mrs. O's trip to Africa. She is so beautiful, such a strong presence, and I am so proud of her!


Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterMary Hicks

Like the red outfit with the Tory Burch scarf, and I love her hair in this photo

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 12:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterMel

Her hair rocks!

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 2:49 AM | Unregistered Commentercanyongal

Love the red pantsuit and the beaded collar jacket, but very much dislike the black leggings or whatever they are. Way too tight and super casual. Wondering what the temp is there, because the girls are very bundled up.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 4:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

Meant to add that Mrs. O.'s hair looks absolutely fabulous in the pic with the red pantsuit!

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 4:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

The shoes, the shoes, what about the cutest color assortment of flat shoes? They look so comfy and fabulously stylish at the same time!! Wasn't there one pic where she and the girls all had on the same style in different colors? Gorgeous and practical. LOVE her style on this monumental trip.

And I STILL can't get over Mrs. O doing push-ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. And of course, the wonderful visit with Pres. Nelson Mandela. Wow! Sasha, Malia, (and Leslie and Avery) will have great "what I did last summer" stories this September, when they get back to school.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Registered Commenterisonprize

The orange pantsuit is a great color and look, but the high-waist scarf gives the suit a strange proportion. Love to see her in long vertical lines rather than broken up with odd horizontal accessories.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterbobbynorwich

Tsk! Tsk Christian,

Geography 1A, when it summer in the northern hemisphere, it is winter in the southern hemisphere.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterblww

Our First Lady Michelle Obama has looked Beautiful the entire trip.
Her makeup looks AMAZING! Fresh and beautiful.
Styling and Hair also right on point!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 2:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Leader

Wow, I spent several weeks at Mokolodi NR during my study abroad semester!

p.s. I like the site's new look.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMrs 2S

I couldn't tell from this picture, but if you look at this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassybotswana/5869236553/in/photostream/ you'll see Mrs. O is wearing a skirt or dress over the leggings.

Hot Mama. I'm so loving this lady's fearless style.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8:35 PM | Registered CommenterIVA

Yep Iva, I noticed that too. And you can see that there are studs on her leggings. She is definitely a HOT MAMA and you can say that 2 times!! LOL:-)

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM | Registered CommenterNyon

I like this last outfit a lot. Lovely colours and cut, perfect for this oocasion.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 9:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking? I'm feeling that Mrs. O may finally have been upstaged by this marvelous dancer. I'm telling you, I'm not seeing any red pantsuit.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterphilly

Great picture of this outfit here:


Shows the detail of the tights.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 12:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterKathie

Oh, I really, really love her hair ! I'm starting to think that this might be the "best look" (hair-wise) that I've seen on her ... I think I'd love to see it as her "regular do" .... also, she looks just plain happy in all these photos ... maybe Mrs. O is about to find her place on the world stage, especially working with issues in Africa ... wouldn't she look fabulous in traditional African clothing???

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 3:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterBookWorm

Bllw...duh, I do know that. The only temp I was able to check that day was for Johannesburg, which was 64. Hardly a cold front. It was just an idle question....no need to be rude.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 4:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristen

I hate for this trip to end because we've seen such a variety of chic, casual outfits that I can hardly chose a favorite. The ASOS jacket worn over leggings and a dress/skirt is a homerun. I wish I could find a close-up of the scarf, from what I can see it looks nice. I like how our Michelle uses Tory Burch's wrap belt as an obi, it gives her suit a different feel.
All in all, the entire family seems like they had a wonderful time. I'm thankful that they were safe and hopefully homeward bound. It sure will be nice when they are back at home on terra firma. I'm sure our President misses his ladies.
I can't even comment on the dancer.........well I can, but I won't! Have mercy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM | Registered CommenterCharlene in Detroit

I love the ASOS jacket. And the leggings are a great idea. They can be dressed up or down and really are so "IN". I see lots of women of all ages wear a black pair over a bright colored pair to get a really amazing iridescent effect. You Go, Mrs. O!!

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM | Registered CommenterBevi

Loving your coverage of this Mrs T! I ordered the ASOS Africa jacket last night, so excited.

Anyone have any idea who the capri's are by that she wore for the mural painting? Love them!

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM | Registered Commentermincey

I don't like too much the orange pant , but the twice other look are very nice !! Simple and classic !!
Mrs-O leave Botswana
I don't know if you see this !

PS : again , I'm sorry for my english (i'm french)

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Shel looks wonderful !

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterriver rush

Hi Mincey, her capris appear to actually the doodle print jean by Alexander Wang... you can see it on his website's shop section.

Monday, June 27, 2011 at 5:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterTien

Thanks Tien!
Wow they are definetly another item that look a million times better on Mrs. O than on the model!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM | Registered Commentermincey

Mrs. O seems to be having such a great time. She seems so relaxed and vibrant! The pantsuit is truly an amazing color on her. Whether it is red or orange, it is powerful. And she looks comfortable in everything that she has worn throughout the trip and I am so glad that she and the family are sharing this together.

With a heart like our First Lady, what a real treat to bring your niece and nephew along with the matriach of the family. She warms my heart not just what she wears or says, but her sharing, caring and love extends far beyond boundaries that leaves me so appreciative of her.
President Obama has a lot of reasons to be proud of her. They are truly a blessed family.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterLDS

Anyone know about her red flat shoes?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterClaire

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