Michelle Obama Rewears Controversial J. Mendel Jacket for Family Christmas Photos

Michelle Obama has taught us many valuable style lessons since her husband took office, and this time, she's teaching us about the importance of price-per-wear.
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Michelle Obama has taught us many valuable style lessons since her husband took office, and this time, she's teaching us about the importance of price-per-wear.
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Photo: Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images

Michelle Obama has taught us many valuable style lessons since her husband took office, and this time, she's teaching us about the importance of price-per-wear.

Over the weekend, the First Family got all gussied up for the taping of TNT's "Christmas in Washington" special, and FLOTUS brought a very fancy item out of her closet for the occasion: A J. Mendel beaded cap sleeve jacket, which, when she first wore it to Buckingham Palace last July, got a lot of negative attention for its astronomical cost.

The piece in question is from the J. Mendel Resort 2013 collection, and originally retailed at $6,800 -- which, The Gateway Pundit was quick to point out, is more than the average American family brings in each month. Well, Michelle Obama is not an average American, but she does know that when you take the plunge on an investment piece, it should really go the distance in your wardrobe. Case in point: A year later, the jacket is still (likely) a standby in her collection.

I, however, am much more concerned with the cropped, white cable knit sweater that Malia is wearing here, paired with that dreamy white skirt. Very Derek Lam Fall 2012, no? If anyone has information on where I can find said sweater, you know where to find me.