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The aqua blue ensemble that Michelle Obama wore to the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday may raise some eyebrows. It was bright and optimistic on a day that was gray and rainy and full of somber remembrance.

Personally, I really liked the coat (identified as J. Crew by the Web site Mrs-O) and its color. But can we talk about the belt?

Michelle Obama has always loved a belt. She wears them over sweaters (remember the transparent Sonia Rykiel belt that was a summer favorite?). Over blouses. Over dresses. And now over coats.

A winter coat is generally made out of heavy fabric, and gathering it with a belt can cause bunching and wrinkles. And even if meant to give shape to a straight coat, a belt can throw off the lines of whatever tailoring there is.

Is a black belt really a good idea here? Why not add a great scarf, pin or fabulous gloves instead to add personal style? Or go with a princess-seamed coat if she was looking for more definition?

During another part of the day she appeared to wear the same belt cinched over a cardigan and her Maria Pinto teal dress, so maybe she was just loving the belt and wanted it to be a part of her outfit no matter what. That's commitment!

Do you think the belt works with the coat?

Leave a comment, and check out other looks from Mrs. Obama's wardrobe below.