Ann Romney Joins The Political (Fashion) Party In Oscar De La Renta

Ann Romney picked a winning look for last night’s address at the Republican National Convention. The fiery red Oscar de la Renta shirtdress, paired with gold jewelry, black low-heeled sandals, and a coiffed ‘do, won over many less-than-conservative critics today. This, of course, was especially important in a look that was no doubt far more calculated than her previous ensembles. De la Renta was chosen (we assume) at least in part because FLOTUS Michelle Obama has never worn one of his creations.

The cinched-waist silhouette gave off a ’50s homemaker vibe that surely cast Romney in a more relatable light to more than a few women in the audience, despite its four-figure price tag. If you recall, Romney found herself under fire for sporting a $990 Reed Krakoff tee on a morning show earlier this year, but the conservative shape and classic appeal of her RNC choice will likely save her from such criticism this time around.

De la Renta’s elegant evening styles have crossed party lines in the past, gracing the backs of everyone from Nancy Reagan to Laura Bush to Hillary Clinton. But the current First Lady has shied away from fashion’s old guard for the most part, preferring younger, less-established designers like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung

We’ll have to wait until later this evening to see what Janna Ryan picks for the convention, but for now take a look at the gallery below for Romney’s attire from last night, as well as some de la Renta political outings from days gone by:

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