Oct. 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM ET
Order is restored! After last week's color coordination, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney returned to wearing different shades at Monday's final presidential debate in Boca Raton.
The first lady recycled a gray and black lace-accented belted dress by designer Thom Browne. She previously wore the sophisticated frock at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 5. This time, however, she added a bit of dazzle: a fun, oversized bow brooch.
Mrs. Romney opted for a gemstone-green top and floral skirt, also with a big statement accessory: a clear, beaded necklace that added just the right amount of oomph.
Though their colors clashed, they did choose similar shapes: sleeved, belted and with a feminine flare.
On Twitter, a few commented that the candidates' wives were wearing rather somber hues.
Perhaps they just wanted a stark contrast from the bright fuchsia that had tongues wagging last week, when Michelle and Ann wore outfits in nearly identical shades of hot pink. The first lady wore a fuchsia coat-like blazer over a matching dress by designer Michael Kors, while Ann rocked a capped-sleeve dress in the same hue. At first, the coincidence seemed a little odd, and then, kinda awesome. Isn't it reassuring to know our first ladies suffer the same awkward situations at social functions as the rest of us?
Rina Raphael is a TODAY editor who likes to recycles outfits on laundry days. (How come no one ever calls *me* fiscally responsible?)
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