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The Styled Side: Democrats or Republicans - who wore it better?

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First lady Michelle Obama acknowledges the crowd before delivering her speech during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hail to the chic!

Last week, The Styled Side examined the fashion sense of Republicans at their national convention. This week, we turn our eyes towards the Democrats.

"The show belonged to Michelle Obama politically and sartorially," says Michelle Dalton Tyree from Fashion Trends Daily, "and, from a style perspective, she really cemented the idea that you can 'sew' a great deal of meaning into a dress."

The patriotic cobalt blue Christian Siriano dress was paired with a pair metallic Jimmy Choo pumps, a designer brand Ms. Obama has worn many times before.

"The choice of Siriano conveys that Democrats are inclusive, and Americans should strive to be inclusive, too," she says.

Siriano is most recently known for stepping in to outfit "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones who was frustrated that she couldn't find a designer willing to dress her larger frame.

Deserving of some attention, too, is another political spouse: Bill Clinton.

Fashion tends to focus on current- and potential-First Ladies, but as the first possible First Gentleman, it's worth noting how Mr. Clinton looked when he took to the podium to deliver his speech.

Former President Bill Clinton arrives on stage to deliver remarks on Tuesday, the second day of the Democratic National Convention, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Former President Bill Clinton arrives on stage to deliver remarks on Tuesday, the second day of the Democratic National Convention, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Alex Wong/Getty Images

"He looked elegant and very much like the seasoned former president that he is," says Tyree, "but no labels were confirmed. No brands sent out press releases on what HE was wearing!"

"The few news outlets who did report on his outfit agreed that a potential First Gentlemen's manner of dress should come under the same scrutiny as a First Lady’s clothing choices would."

Comparing what conventioneers wore, Tyree says there's a definite winner.

"I have to give it to the Republicans for most outrageous style on the RNC floor," she says. "There was some for the Democrats in the form of big hats, but I was really hoping for more style antics on the DNC floor."

Democrats do have an edge when it comes to collaborations with high-profile designers.

"Designers love Hillary! Just shop her site to see," says Tyree, where you can find t-shirts by designers Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and more.

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