Debate Fashion Round Three: Nipped Waists and Repeat Outfits

That's it. Last night marked the third and final presidential debate. Which, for us, means it's our last chance to compare and analyze Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's outfits as if they were in a show down. But if the President won last night's debate it's harder to declare a sartorial winner between the wives.
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That's it. Last night marked the third and final presidential debate. Which, for us, means it's our last chance to compare and analyze Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's outfits as if they were in a show down. But if the President won last night's debate it's harder to declare a sartorial winner between the wives.
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That's it. Last night marked the third and final presidential debate. Which, for us, means it's our last chance to compare and analyze Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's outfits as if they were in a showdown.

But if the President won last night's debate it's harder to declare a sartorial winner between the wives.

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Michelle Obama wore a custom grey Thom Browne dress with a black lace overlay--the same one she wore back in September during the DNC. We have to give the FLOTUS a slight edge for shopping her closet. She's never been afraid to repeat a look and it makes her seem, to quote US Weekly (as one does), "just like us"--even if she's wearing a dress by a more obscure, intellectual, and kooky designer like Thom Browne. She accessorized with a silver bow brooch, one of her favorite ways to accessorize, and kept everything else pretty bare.

Ann Romney, on the other hand, wasn't shy about her accessories, wearing a big strand of clear beads over her printed Oscar de la Renta dress, as well as gold bangles and a thick gold watch on her wrists.

If Alfred Fiandaca is Ann Romney's go-to designer for everyday, Oscar de la Renta is quickly becoming her favorite designer for high profile appearances. This marks the third time she's worn de la Renta's designs, and the first time she's worn a printed number from him. The emerald green cap sleeve frock was gradated at the waist, blurring into a lily and leaf printed full skirt--perhaps a nod to the location--Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL--of last night's debate.

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The silhouette of Romney's dress--nipped waist, flared skirt, belt (not to mention the bold print and statement necklace)--is a page right out of Mrs. O's style book. It's the same silhouette Michelle Obama wore last night, and one that she favors.

Has Mrs. O set the new standard for political wife fashion? Based on Ann Romney's penchant for the fit-and-flare A-line silhouette and statement necklaces, as well as the brooches on display at the vice presidential debate, we're starting to think so.

Click through for more photos of Michelle and Ann (and their husbands) at last night's debate.

Photos: Getty