Janna Ryan wears $129 Talbots dress as Ann Romney sticks to four-digit Oscar de la Renta creations at the RNC
22:22 GMT, 31 August 2012
Ann Romney may have opted for $1,990 Oscar de la Renta dress as she took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, but Janna Ryan showed how to do political-chic without blowing the budget.
As her husband and vice presidential nominee Ryan delivered his speech, Janna watched from the sidelines wearing a $169 emerald-green shift from Talbots, which complimented her fair complexion.
And yesterday the mother-of-three decided to play it safe as she stepped out with her family wearing yet another piece from the US retailer – this time a $129 retro-inspired monochrome sheath.
Janna Ryan showed how to do political-chic without blowing the budget as she stepped to the stage in support of her husband at the RNC in Tampa this week
As images were released from the 2012 RNC, which ran over three days, Talbots representatives expressed their delight via the company' Facebook page.
'Do a double take! We just spotted VP candidate Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna, in Talbots!
'It looks like she chose two of our dresses for each night of the Republican Convention. We love how she looks in our brushed-back wool sheath and our ponte knit white-piped sheath.'
Talbots Ponte Knit White-Piped Sheath, $129.00 (left) Talbots Brushed-Back Wool Sheath, $169.00 (right)
Michelle Obama, has also been known
to wear Talbots as well as other affordable labels such as J. Crew and
Banana Republic for TV appearances.
fashion commentators note that Mrs Obama, who is known for her sense of individual style, has had a major impact on the way women on the
political scene choose to dress, despite their leanings.
Kate Betts, fashion editor
and author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, said: 'If you look at Ann Romney and Janna
Ryan, it's hard to look at any potential first lady and not think of the
impact that Michelle Obama has had.
'Ann Romney was dressing for herself and wearing what she felt comfortable in, and you can see that.'
After wearing de la Renta on Tuesday evening Mrs Romney went for the US label again on Thursday wearing a $1,490 sky blue cotton and silk cap-sleeve dress.
Expensive taste: Mrs Romney wearing the red $1,990 Oscar de la Renta dress on Tuesday night (left) and wearing a $1,490 sky blue cotton and silk dress and matching $890 bolero on Thursday (right)
She accessorized the designer piece with a $295 bug-shaped brooch and a matching $890 silk bolero.
According to a spokesperson from de la
Renta his office and boutiques have been inundated with calls since Mrs
Romney publicly wore the label.
They told WWD that the phone had been 'ringing off the hook' and people were especially eager to get their hands on the 'Reagan red' dress.
Mallis, host of the SiriusXM satellite radio show Fashion Insiders with
Fern Mallis applauded both Romney and Ryan on their sartorial choices.
think the women at the Republican convention were being appropriate, and
they looked exactly as one would expect them to look,' she observed.