Michelle Obama and Ann Romney play it safe, as they opt for understated outfits for their final day on the campaign trail
01:23 GMT, 6 November 2012
From fire engine red frocks to hot pink blazers, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have added a splash of colour to the campaign trail, thanks to their bold wardrobe choices.
But on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, both women decided to keep it simple, opting for understated looks as they stepped out to support their husbands.
First Lady, Mrs Obama, selected a classic black suit as she spoke at a rally in North Carolina, while Mrs Romney, took to the stage in Virginia wearing black pants with a crisp white suit and cream blazer. However both women added a touch of personality, accessorizing with statement necklaces.
Understated fashion: Mrs Obama selected a classic black suit (left)
while Mrs Romney paired black pants with a crisp white suit and cream
blazer for the final day of the campaign trial
The 2012 campaign trail has shined a
spotlight on fashion, and focus is now turning to what both women will
wear tomorrow night, should the evening end in their husband's favor.
According to internal polling data provided to MailOnline by a Republican party source, Mitt Romney is ahead by a single percentage point in Ohio – the swing state that many believe could decide the election.
Boston-based designer Alfred Fiandaca, recently revealed that Mrs Romney, 63, chooses her outfits with her husband Mitt in mind.
He added that she is 'edgier' than people realise, and almost always buys her clothes directly off the rack. He told WWD: 'She’s always thinking about what Mitt would like her to look like.
Crop tactics: Mrs Obama wore a fuchsia Michael
Kors dress with a matching shrunken jacket and a strand of pearls at the
second presidential debate in New York last week
Color-blocking: Mrs Romney's similarly-hued
Oscar de la Renta shift at the second presidential debate was
accessorized again with a statement necklace of glass beads
'She definitely dresses for him. Mitt
likes her to wear red and pink, to have a defined waist and to show her
figure because he’s very proud of her.'
He added: 'The night of the
Republican National Convention, when Ann was going to speak, I knew that
Mitt had picked a red dress of mine for her to wear. In fact, he bought
it for her.
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'He told her, “I’d like you to introduce me in that” so I assumed that’s what she was going to wear. [But] she ended up wearing Oscar de la Renta, so you never know.'
Power suiting: For the first presidential debate on October 3rd, the First Lady opted for a vibrant indigo
Preen dress and matching jacket from the brand's fall 2011 collection, an
ensemble she has worn twice before
Ann Romney style: According to Alfred Fiandaca,
Mrs Romney likes to have Mitt consult on her outfit choices, is 'edgier'
than people realise, and almost always buys her clothes directly off
Since the campaign trail began, Mrs Romney has stepped out in on
conservative and suitable possible-First-Lady-outfit after another.
Meanwhile Mrs Obama, 48, has mastered the
knack of looking vibrant while adhering to strict First Lady dress codes
– regardless of the colour she is wearing.
Valerie Greenberg, an entertainment and lifestyle commentator, explained to Fox News: 'Michelle brings such a unique, vibrant and youthful style and the average woman can see herself wearing many of her outfits.'
And David Zyla, an Emmy-winning stylist who has outfitted political figures such as Hillary Clinton, agreed, saying it is hard for anyone to measure up to Mrs Obama, 'who roused the industry after the eight years of the simple style preferred by former First Lady Laura Bush'.
During the campaign trial the First Lady has been seen wearing edgy creations from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Preen and Thom .