Presidential debate fashion: Trump and Clinton come out swinging

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage at the start of the second presidential debate on Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis.

After a weekend fraught with harsh attacks and downright nasty political banter, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton came to rumble — sartorially speaking. 

Trump's red tie spoke volumes. At the first debate, his suit was a tad every man wilted, but the cobalt blue tie sent a message that he was willing to compromise, even meet Democrats half way. But after a weekend where Trump was criticized on both sides of the aisle for lewd comments he made in 2005, he repped his crew.  His red tie seemed to suggest to the Republicans jumping ship: "I'm with you. I'm one of you. Don't give up on me yet." Talk about Republican determination. Trump's skin seemed to be orangey again, too.  And his cut, coiffed hair was, well,  Republican ready.


Clinton, on the other hand, was cool and confident in a navy pantsuit with white lapels. She didn't have to be partisan. Clinton came to Sunday night's Town Hall serious.  Kitten heels? Check. (Despite the awkward teeter totter) Blushed cheekbones? Check. Silver studs? Check. Perfectly feathered hair? Check. Clinton was  clearly about her business.  And she's doing a pretty good job. As the first presidential candidate from a major political party, she's making it up as she goes along. It's hard to take fashion into consideration when it's something many believe a boss woman shouldn't even be thinking about.

Fashionably speaking, our presidential candidates didn't beat around the bush, at all. Neither could afford too. They came out swinging. And before either uttered a word about emails, sexual misconduct, healthcare, or international politics, their apparel choices did the talking for them.