Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Andy0
Fashion Faceoff: First Lady Hopeful Ann Romney vs. First Lady Michelle Obama
The road to the 2012 presidential election is here and standing beside running mates, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, are their trendy wives, First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.
It was 2007, when the world was not only smitten by the words coming out of the then Democratic presidential nominee’s mouth, but we were taken by his wife, Mrs. Obama’s, gracious style. Whether she was barring all arms in one of her bold colored silhouette dresses or dazzling us with her choice of accessories for the day, she definitely left us with a tasteful impression. Whatever Mrs. O rocked on the campaign trail was powerful in every sense. She showed us that traditional womenswear was no longer in season. Worldwide, ladies over 40 were throwing away the dreaded panty hoses, pulling out the Spanx and slipping on a sleeveless A-line dress. Mrs. Obama’s style was fearless when she hit the campaign trail in 2007. It was her confidence with her own curvavious body that helped women embrace their shapes by trying out the A-line dresses and brightly colored pants suits. Why? Because Mrs. Obama did it.
We’ve noticed during her pre-first lady days that Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe stated three things about her: she was powerful, secure, and like her husband she meant business. If you need further proof that Mrs. Obama is fashion forward, then check out one of the many books penned about her flawless style.
However, Mrs. Obama is not the trail blazer for chic campaign style. Her style is often compared to the wife of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who blazed the way for stylish first ladies. There were other fashionable first ladies, like Barbara Bush and Hilary Clinton, but they did not compare to Mrs. Kennedy Onassis, who was often called Jackie O. She was influenced by French designers Chanel, Givenchy, Dior and her longtime friend Oleg Cassini. Cassini designed numerous looks for Jackie O during her White House reign.
Cassini was the master stylist behind Jackie O’s classic image and daily glamour. No matter her activity for the day, you never saw her without wearing one of her signature pieces-a rich colored sleeveless A-line dress, a silk head scarf, a pair of kitten heels, over the elbow gloves, a clutch purse, dark tinted oval shaped sunglasses or a three string pearl necklace. Her poise and grace influenced women’s style all over the world.
Surely, Jackie O and Mrs. Obama both have impeccable style and they’ve made political statements in their own stylish way. Whether Mrs. Obama is visiting a school or attending a state dinner, we know she will own any look her stylist, who was recently outed as Meredith Koop, advises her to wear.
However, there is a new woman picketing for Mrs. Obama’s title. She’s not running for the obvious title of First Lady of the United States of America, but she is running for Mrs.Obama’s title of first lady of style. The question is, will Mrs. Romney’s campaign style live up to Mrs. Obama’s vibrant style? During Mrs. Romney’s most recent appearance, Tuesday, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, she rocked a belted, bright red Oscar de la Renta dress. In that dress alone, Mrs. Romney proved that she is headed in the right direction when it comes to making bold fashion statements. Her style is similar to Mrs. Obama’s when its comes to her accessories, but her look is not as polished. Mrs. Romney adopted the three string pearl necklace, colored waist belts, and printed dresses to add character to her campaign trail outfits.
I have gathered looks from Mrs. Obama’s and Mrs. Romney’s campaign trail, what staples are your favorites?