Presidential debate fashion: Hillary goes patriotic; all hail Melania's jumpsuit

Hillary Clinton closed out debate season Wednesday night in a eggshell-hued pantsuit with a rounded collar that was a cross between a mandarin and a Nehru.

That means the former Secretary of State managed to end the debate season on an über-patriotic note, though her colors were out of order. (For the first debate, Clinton donned red; the second, a navy blue suit with white lapels; and then Wednesday night's off-white.) Her final debate suit didn't just complete the patriotic trifecta, but it also referenced the Geraldine Ferraro's vice presidential accept outfit and nodded to the white-wearing suffragettes, much like she did when she accepted the Democratic nomination for president.

She consistently wore traditional women's pantsuits - bye-bye, too-long trapeze jacket - made by Ralph Lauren, one of the most quintessential American designers. Lauren was an appropriate choice. The label's style is emblematic of a simple style that is lush and luxe. It's all very heritage fashion meets modern day ideals. Brava.

Fashionably speaking, Clinton couldn't have made smarter choices.

Oh, and we still love the hair, Mrs. Clinton.

Ivanka (L), Tiffany (C) and Melania Trump (R) arrive for the start of the third and final debate REUTERS/Carlos Barria

In Trumpian fashion news, cloches off to Melania for upping debate fashion style  in a sleek, tailored jumpsuit.  It initially appeared as if Ivanka, too, wore a jumpsuit, but she in fact had expertly paired black trousers with a Roland Mouret peplum top and accessories from her  eponymous clothing line.


Potential first lady Melania Trump has made quite the  phenomenal fashion debut this election season. She has made clear through her sharp debate-night ensembles  - a daring, off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret sheath; a hot-pink Gucci pussy-bow blouse; and Wednesday night's Ralph Lauren jumpsuit, which also featured a pussy-bow blouse - that she represents the Trump feminine ideal: quiet, statuesque, and trophy-esque.