First lady Michelle Obama looked serious yet chic in a pale-gray three-quarter-sleeve dress by Rachel Roy for her husband's third State of the Union speech -- a perfect and perfectly appropriate choice at a somber time.

A stack of clear and Kara Ross silver bangles on her wrist accented the light, metallic hue of her dress.

She completed her accessories with a pair of Kara Ross mother of pearl drop earrings for an overall look that was sophisticated and set her apart from the dark suits and women such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wearing predictable red power suits.

The first lady also accessorized the neckline of her streamlined dress with a small black-and-white bow pin, signifying commitment to a nonviolent society.

Obama sat during her husband's annual presidential address to Congress beside John, Roxanna and Dallas Green, parents and brother of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who died during the recent attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz.

The first lady's look was a light departure from the raisin-toned Isaac Mizrahi bubble dress she wore for President Obama's 2010 address to Congress.

The president, meanwhile, wore a blue suit and purple tie, a sartorial choice CNN pundits noted was a departure from his normal State of the Union red.

Red is a color that has recently caused minor controversy for the first lady: Oscar de la Renta objected to Michelle Obama's decision to wear a red Alexander McQueen dress to the recent State Dinner for China's President Hu.

And Oscar wasn't the only designer with objections, find out which other designer was 'disappointed' with Michelle's dress choice.