Political Fashion: Third Debate's a Charm?

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney opted for more distinctive looks at Monday night’s debate at Lynn University.

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No pink ladies here. After the overblown brouhaha that ensued after last week’s double-bubble trouble, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney opted for more distinctive looks at Monday night’s debate at Lynn University.

In her Thom Browne gray dress with black lace overlay, Obama appeared chic and tiny-waisted (that belt really did the trick). More obviously fashion-y than her recent choices, Monday night’s pick conveyed a ladylike prettiness while retaining a very-now appeal. She wore the same number at the Democratic National Convention in September — then without the bold bow broach that here added just the right amount of sparkle. The repeat move surely scored Obama some of those precious fiscal relatability points.

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Mrs. Romney also went fashion-forward, showing her allegiance to Oscar de la Renta for the second week in a row. Monday’s dress — an ivory and evergreen silk twill frock, ombréd at the waist to fade into a floral pattern — was, like Obama’s, also nipped at the waist. Interesting to note that while at first glance the ladies’ looks were not like the other, the silhouettes were nearly identical: short-sleeve fitted top, cinched waist, full skirt. While the Romney effect wasn’t quite as pulled-together — the delicate gold earrings and bangles were a disconnect from the oversize Lucite necklace — as that of Obama, this was still Romney’s best look of the three presidential debates.

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