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First Lady Fashion

By Erin O’Donnell

During the 2012 Presidential election, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney had all eyes on them as to what they would wear to the presidential debates. Standing aside their husbands, they both shined in their own light with selections from big name fashion designers.

In the first debate on Oct. 3, millions tuned in to see not only the presidential candidates duke it out on stage, but as well as the First Lady’s and potential first lady’s fashion picks for the night. In Denver, Colorado both first ladies wore sleeves and shimmering smiles to address the crowd. Ann wore a light cream-colored suit jacket and skirt, while Michelle wore a comparable suit jacket and skirt in a deep purple hue.

The real statement came on the second presidential debate. Among a crowd of black and navy suits, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney both wore vibrant pink. Some reports say the Michelle Obama and Ann Romney displayed pink ensembles to support Breast Cancer Awareness month. This was the second debate of three that took place in Hempstead, New York. Michelle Obama wore a pearl necklace while Ann Romney adorned a beaded necklace, both suited to their outfits.

On the third and final debate in Boca Raton, Florida it seemed like it was their goal not to match as they did in the second debate. It can’t be denied that the two have similar taste as they both wore a floral pattern. Michelle Obama wore a black and gray floral printed dress designed by Thom Browne. The cap-sleeved dress accompanied a black sash and sparking ribbon pin. This dress was actually first seen on Michelle during her husband’s Democratic National Convention last September.

Ann Romney sported an Oscar de la Renta floral dress with a solid green bodice and floral printed skirt, as well as a thick belt, beaded necklace and sophisticated gold watch.

As election night emerges, the image of these two icons will remain and inspire voters to adorn some First Lady fashion with any occasion.