Yes, it’s election season and we’re all quite concerned about the presidential candidates and their assorted poll numbers, but maybe it’s time to lighten the mood a little and talk about two very important people who are being all but ignored this week. Yes I’m talking about FLOTUS and PFLOTUS (First Lady and Potential First Lady)—Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Specifically, what they’re wearing.
Besides the fact that it was a smart suit, nobody remembers what Barak wore to his inauguration, but Michelle’s white chiffon gown is not only sitting in the Smithsonian these days, it pretty much made the career of Jason Wu, a young Chinese-American designer few had ever heard of prior to Obama’s inaugural ball. Perhaps Michelle was inspired by her pal, singer Beyonce, who wore a similar gown to the 2007 Oscars.
Michelle has upped her fashion IQ significantly since moving into the White House and is now considered the most stylish first lady since the most stylin’ of them all, Jackie O. Whether it’s a simple sleeveless sheath (the better to show off those arms), or the shimmering Tracy Reese dress (with J. Crew heels!) she wore to the 2012 Democratic Convention, or the high fashion blue Marchesa gown she wore to honor British Prime Minster David Cameron, the First Lady always looks stunning.
With a fondness for leather jackets and bright colors, Ann Romney is no slouch in the fashion department either. E! Online put the ladies through one of their fashion face-offs and the Republican Romney held her own, in a classic red shirt dress, a fun pink frock, and a regal blue cocktail dress.
While avid liberal Diane Von Furstenberg made certain reporters knew that she wasn’t responsible when Romney showed up to an event in one of her iconic DVF wrap dresses, designer Isaac Mizrahi has no such qualms. “I would love to see Ann Romney in more of my clothes, I’m just going to be bold face and say that.” And if her husband wins, there’ll be no shortage of designers clamoring to wrap her in their gowns.
So what would Ann’s “Jason Wu” moment be if her husband wins the election? Perhaps she’ll bust out of the more sensible clothes she’s known for and show a little shoulder in one of these flowing, high-fashion inspired strapless gowns like these offered by Faviana. Or perhaps she’ll get a little heavy metal in this metallic Vannie Dress from Kate Spade.
If Mrs. O gets a do-over inauguration night, you can be sure she’ll opt for something classic—perhaps a patriotic, deep blue ruched gown, a lacy retro number, or an elegant sheath. Then again, maybe she’ll surprise us all with a smart bit of dazzle. Pro tip: Whichever style she goes with, you can bet those arms will be on display.