Election night style-off! Michelle Obama recycles Michael Kors dress, while Ann Romney embraces Republican red
16:43 GMT, 8 November 2012
Most woman would seize the opportunity to buy a new outfit, but Michelle Obama chose to recycle an old dress for her election night outing.
Unsure of the outcome, the First Lady decided to play it safe, wearing a patterned brocade Michael Kors dress that she had worn twice before.
Meanwhile Mrs Romney embraced the Republican party colour, taking to the stage in an eye-catching red dress, as it was announced that her husband, Mitt, had lost his presidential bid.
Style-off: Ann Romney wore a bright red dress, as it was
announced that her husband had lost his presidential bid (left) while First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in Chicago in a recycled Michael Kors creation (right)
Mrs Obama paired the Michael Kors dress with a black shrug, a vintage brooch, and a pair of black kitten heels as she celebrated her husband's victory in Chicago.
She first wore the designer dress for a military event in November of 2010 at which President Obama presented Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Afghanistan.
Style savvy: Mrs Obama wearing the same Michael Kors dress at a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony on November 16, 2010, at the White House
And decided to break out the festive creation again for one of the White House's holiday parties.
According to a source close to the Obama family, her wardrobe choice was a 'last minute' decision.
They told People magazine: 'She said that she was so busy with the campaign and their kids that she had no time to think about an outfit and decided at the last minute.'
Republican spirit: Mitt Romney opted for a blue and red striped tie, while his wife wore a bold red dress
Together: Michelle, Sasha, Barack and Malia Obama celebrate the President's victory on stage
Kors is just one of several New York designers she has has supported over the years.
Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Tracy Feith, Isabel Toledo and Narciso Rodriguez are other favourites.
Since entering the White House four years ago, Mrs Obama's style has been applauded.
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.'
Making an impression: Four years ago, on November 4, 2008, the then-new First Lady made her first major style statement in a bold black and red Narciso Rodriguez sheath
And her husband clearly agrees, as during his victory speech in Chicago he said: 'I have never loved you more, I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as the nation’s First Lady.'
Four years ago, on November 4, 2008, the then-new First Lady made her first major style statement in a bold black and red Narciso Rodriguez sheath.
During this year's campaign trial the she has been seen wearing edgy creations from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Preen and Thom Browne.