Second Lady Style Takes a Page from First Lady Style at the Vice Presidential Debates

Last night's fiery vice presidential debate gave us many things to pore over: Some excellent debating and the chance to hear more about Joe Biden an
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Last night's fiery vice presidential debate gave us many things to pore over: Some excellent debating and the chance to hear more about Joe Biden an
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Last night's fiery vice presidential debate gave us many things to pore over: Some excellent debating and the chance to hear more about Joe Biden and Paul Ryan's views on the "issues" (abortion, defense, the economy); some (OK, a lot) of Joe Biden's chuckling and flashing of pearly whites; break out star moderator Martha Raddatz (who has been declared the "winner" of the debate by much of the internets); and, of course, another chance to examine and analyze the style of the candidate's wives, Jill Biden and Jana Ryan.

So let's take a look at the current and potential Second Ladies and see how they did.

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The Dresses: Jill Biden, 61, wore a dark plum colored dress with an asymmetric draped neckline, strategically ruched in the bodice and pretty form-fitting.

Janna Ryan, 43, wore a berry pink sheath and cropped jacket that may be

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The Hair: Neither of these ladies has particularly helmet-y political wife hair, especially Janna Ryan. The length and luxuriousness of it makes her seem more youthful. And while she doesn't spend a lot on her clothes, we suspect her hair--from the color to the styling--gets some resources. Jill Biden also obviously takes care of her blonde 'do, and her signature Farrah-esque wings and bangs were there in full effect last night.

So to sum up, both ladies looked pretty great. We like that they both went for bold jewel tones and bling-y broaches even if we felt Jill Biden's slim fitting ruched dress was a bit more fashionable than Jana Ryan's boxy suit. Their sartorial choices also point to the influence Michelle Obama has had on political wife-style. The jewel tones, the broaches, the natural hair--all are hallmarks of Mrs. O's signature stand out style.