Campaign Trail Style

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    When it comes to being the First Lady of The United States (FLOTUS), your sartorial abilities will always be a point of discussion (maybe more than they should be), not only because you are always on camera, but because the way a person presents themself is a clear statement of who they are, whether they intend for it to be or not. While Michelle Obama has had a four year head start on honing her flotus style, there are already clear differences between she and flotus-hopeful, Ann Romney’s personal style. Here is a breakdown of a few of their most important looks.
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    RNC/DNC
    They both look fine but neither of these women are doing anything fantastic here. You can not go wrong with Oscar de la Renta and Ann Romney’s look at the Republican National Convention was no exception. While she looks perfectly put together and more sophisticated, this look was safe and expected. Michelle Obama kept her look simple and traditional in a Tracy Reese dress. Neither Ann nor Michelle let their looks outshine the reason everyone was tuning in.
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    The Tonight Show
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is a chance for the ladies to connect with a more relaxed and slightly hipper crowd than they typically deal with. Michelle Obama wore a gorgeous dress by Bibhu Mohapatra, one of our favorite designers here at RTR. The print was stunning and her arms looked as killer as ever. Ann Romney tried really, really hard with this look by Alfred Fiandaca. The laser-cut leather, over-sized mother of pearl buttons, the lace shoes, it’s all too much and she looks like a “cool mom.”
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    Debate 1
    At the first presidential debate, both Michelle and Ann went the business-chic route; Michelle Obama in Preen and Ann Romney in Alfred Fiandaca. White after labor day was a bold move for conservative (both politically and in fashion) Ann Romney. Personally, I love this look for her. The exposed seams and structure of the suit are a nice change from her normal aesthetic. Michelle’s willingness to take fashion risks is the best part about her style. Let alone how different the proportions and tailoring of this suit are, it is by one of Michelle’s favorite labels, Preen. Which is not a brand who, before Michelle Obama, would normally come to mind as “first lady attire.”
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    Debate 2
    This moment was soooo Mean Girls I thought I was watching Saturday Night Live! Michelle Obama and Ann Romney wore the exact same shade of pink! Ann is wearing a cap sleeve look by Oscar de la Renta, a favorite designer of American first ladies for decades. Michelle is in a very high fashion Shiaparelli suit. Interesting too that in addition to wearing the same color, Oscar de la Renta and Michelle Obama are not huge fans of each other. She has never worn the designer and he had quite a bit to say about her wearing a British label, McQueen, to the state dinner honoring China. Well played, Ann Romney, but Michelle’s look definitely comes out on top.
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    Looks