Presidential Debate Fashion Face-Off: Michelle Obama Vs. Ann Romney

Whether it was President Obama or Mitt Romney that won last night’s presidential debate is a matter for, well, debate (even if the media seems to have pretty much made their choice). But we’ll leave that to the political pundits and focus on the other contentious issue of the evening: the style choices.

Michelle Obama opted for a vibrant indigo Preen dress and matching jacket from the Fall 2011 collection (an ensemble she has worn twice before), but while her colorblocked dresses from the label have made for some of our favorite sartorial outings from the First Lady, this look fell short. The cropped, shrunken jacket paired with the high-waisted skirt shortens her waist, while the color, though undoubtedly a flattering choice for Obama, has the unfortunate effect of making her blend in to the backdrop. The details were hit-and-miss as well — we love the shiny, geometric fabric on the dress’ bodice (if only we could see more of it) and the pleats around the collar of the jacket add subtle interest to the look. The metallic pumps however? More cocktail party than party politics, unfortunately.

Ann Romney, meanwhile, wore a fitted ivory skirt suit with for an effect that was both pristine, poised, and (thanks to the stretch material and zip-up front) ever-so-slightly sporty. The look was topped off with a strand of pearls, a chunky mother-of-pearl bracelet, beige patent pumps, and *gasp* is that a hint of a peplum we see? Despite this fact, however, the ensemble didn’t take much of a sartorial risk — unless you count wearing white after Labor Day, that is — but then her recent foray into the daring world of black leather didn’t exactly pan out so well, so we think the conservative attire was the right choice for such a large stage.

What do you think? Was it Michelle or Ann who got your vote last night?

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