Election 2012: A Look Back at Michelle Obama’s Stylish Race to the White House (GALLERY & VIDEO)
President Obama and Mitt Romney’s wives have not let their style slip during the final grueling months of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. In fact, the candidates wives have stepped up their style even more, showing off some of their best looks yet during the final leg of the campaign.
We took a look at how Mrs. Romney has become the Republican Party’s breakout style star on Monday with her bright ladylike looks — but can she upstage the current First Lady, who has wowed critics and citizens alike with her style ever since she stepped into the sartorial spotlight while campaigning for her husband four years ago?
Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe has taken center stage during her husband’s second run for the White House. On the 2012 campaign trail, the First Lady has really shown her style chops, experimenting with the latest trends and fresh new designers.
Though the 48-year-old has remained loyal to American designers like Michael Kors, Jason Wu and Diane von Furstenberg, both of whom are known for their classic cuts with a modern twist, she’s been praised by the fashion set for drawing attention to up-and-coming designers as well.
While Mrs. Romney has struggled to overcome her husband’s reputation for being “out of touch” with the economic hardships many Americans face, with her predilection for high-end designers like Oscar de la Renta, part of the appeal of Mrs. O’s style is its accessibility. Known to wear a combination of high and low pieces, the First Lady mixes custom-made gowns with affordable pieces from Target and her longtime favorite, J. Crew.
Obama’s approachable style includes re-wearing items that have been a major hit. At the presidential debate in Charlotte, N.C., Obama garnered just as much attention for bringing back the bright blue geometric print “Lavender Dress” and matching jacket from Preen’s Fall 2011 Collection that she had previously worn while touring the UK in late 2012.
Another hallmark of Obama’s style: color. Like Romney, the First Lady hasn’t shied away from color on the campaign trail, wearing a range of vibrant hues from red and green to orange on the campaign trail.
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