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Michelle, Ann pick similar shapes, somber shades at final debate

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Both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney go for a fit and flare style with their debate-night getups.

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.  

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, at the Democratic National Convention. Recognize that dress? We saw it again Monday night.

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?

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney got matchy-matchy at the second presidential debate on Oct. 16.

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On Oct. 3, Michelle Obama re-wore a purple Preen dress to the first presidential debate, while Ann Romney opted for a white two-piece suit.

What did you think of the debate style? Did you have a favorite outfit? Let us know!

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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