First Lady Obama and Ann Romney make strides in fashion arena


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If there is anyone who First Lady Michelle Obama resembles in her style of dress, it would certainly be Jackie O.  

As time has progressed each First Lady has attempted to embody Jackie O’s essence in some way.

Jackie O was a fashion pioneer not because she mimicked all the latest trends but rather because she was the trend. Her style was timeless.

What woman doesn’t seek to look effortlessly chic and sophisticated?  Even though this campaign trail is about securing the future of America, people still want to know what the women behind these great men are wearing.

These two women have suddenly become powerful fashion icons. We got our first glimpse in 2009 when First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at her husband’s swearing-in-ceremony in an elegant yellow-green sheath dress with a matching coat designed by Isabel Toledo. The same night she sported a cream one shoulder Jason Wu gown at the Inaugural Ball.

Whether it is Jason Wu or T.J. Maxx, Michelle Obama sticks to what she knows. Her style can be summarized as classic pieces with a twist. Her go-to look is a sheath dress layered with a cardigan which labels her mode of operation as rather modest.

 The factors that provide her style with so much appeal are vibrant color choices, vintage textures, and the pattern in which she chooses to wear these items. Her rotation of outfits keeps these unchanging pieces vibrant and current.

Her hair is always intact, opting for a well-groomed and care-free bob that frames her face. She is a woman who is not afraid to push the envelope while remaining true to her style preference. The term effortless comes to mind when you think of the first lady’s mode of operation.

On the other side you have Ann Romney. Color is her calling card. She knows what complements her skin and her body and she executes it flawlessly. Her use of color keeps her conservative look from reading as doughty and dated. Her outfit choices always give a nod to the past. She is often photographed in fit and flare skirts that flounce as she walks complimented by a pointed-toe pump.

 It is rather easy to see that Ann Romney is conscious of the current fashion trends and is not afraid to experiment and show youthfulness.  Such youthfulness was apparent when she appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in a spicy leather number. The look was complete with a leather biker jacket, laser-cut leather skirt, and strappy high stilettos.

Overall, as the presidential campaign has continued Ann continues to find her voice in fashion. Some things work and others could be improved. She is constantly going back to the drawing board and it is evident in her style.

When she gets it right, it is phenomenal.  Even when it is not right, you can always commend her for trying. Overall, Ann certainly meets the credentials of an experimenter.  

Whether you support #TeamMichelle or #TeamAnn, both these women have wardrobes that can be recreated for less.

Perhaps one of the most memorable looks for both ladies is the second night of the presidential debates where both were photographed in hot pink ensembles. Michelle chose a Michael Kors sheath dress while Ann opted for a cap-sleeve Oscar de la Renta knee length dress. Both looks can be recreated for less.

 For $22 at QVC.com you can purchase a Liz Claiborne sheath dress in the same vibrant hue. A great pair of nude pumps and a string of pearls is all you need to execute this look. To recreate Ann’s look there is this great pink cap sleeve dress in a shorter option for $35 at metroparkusa.com. A green beaded necklace gives this look its youthful flair.

Whatever look you decide to do make it your own and have fun. When all else fails keep it chic!

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  • Kourtney Pope, Contributor