First to step out at the Republican National Convention: The underdog, Romney, who faced intense pressure to look chic but not-over-the-top, knowing that her style rival, Mrs. Obama has won the hearts and minds of fashionistas everywhere for her chic mix of high-low style.
So how did the Republican candidate’s wife do?
Though like her party, Romney’s style veered toward the more conservative, her colorful looks felt fresh. The bubbly blonde stuck to figure-flattering silhouettes that nipped her waist and mixed in her own bargain finds as well, including an L.L. Bean dress. Most importantly, there were no signs of the preppy headband/pearl/stuffy suits of Republican first ladies past.
Living up to her trendsetting reputation, the fashionable First Lady created a fury with her fashion-forward frocks, including a pink brocade Tracy Reese dress and purple nails that had women across the country wondering where they could score the same look.
So who won the style showdown?
Regardless of our politics, our vote is with Mrs. Obama for her bold choices and that purple-gray polish. Take a look at our gallery to see more of Obama and Romney’s looks and share your pick for best-dressed.