We've found ourselves parsing the GOP spouses' style in the past, but with the caucuses underway, it's time to get serious and look forward: what will it take for these women to transform into first ladies?
Our friend Lauren Rothman, one half of The Fashion Whip, is on the case. A D.C.-based stylist with clients from Capitol Hill to Hollywood, Lauren sat down with The Insider to give the GOP candidates' wives some fashion advice.
What we learned:
1. Ann Romney brings "a soft look to Mitt" with her personal style, says Lauren. Or, as Ann put it, she allows Americans to see that Romney is the kind of guy who "actually does have his hair messed up most of the time." We'll believe it when we see it.
2. Mary Kaye Huntsman and her husband John are an incredibly well-dressed couple, making them "the political Kardashians." But Mary Kaye's uber preppy look could be a liability, warns Lauren. "Approachability is important."
3. Callista Gingrich, as we've said before, has an incredibly stylized look. "Sometimes it looks like she sort of walked out of Stepford," quips Lauren.
4. Carol Paul could use some gussying up and should add a touch of color to her wardrobe.
But that's just Lauren's advice. Watch the vid, see the pics and let us know what you think about these potential first ladies!
An advocate for several children's charities, Romney is an avid equestrian, and with her husband pulling out ahead in several GOP primary polls, she just might have the best shot at supplanting Michelle O. as FLOTUS. She favors more conservative looks, opting for sweaters and cardigans with pearls, although Mrs. Romney's not afraid to experiment with colors -- just check out that orange patterned top. Photos via AP.
Currently the First Lady of Texas, Perry worked as a nurse for almost two decades and has a master's degree. Her style bears the marks of Southern glam: shiny fabrics and pearls for evening, but a broken-in denim jacket for the fair. Photos via AP.
Carol Paul and her libertarian-leaning husband have five children, and Carol's also worked as a secretary and dance instructor. She keeps her style simple and to the point, with a functional hairdo, cardigans and tunics. Photos via AP.
Karen Garver Santorum and her husband have seven children; she's also the author of two books: "Letters to Gabriel," which details the story of the couple's son Gabriel's tragic premature death, as well as penning an etiquette book for children. Karen, who's been spotted a lot in pale pink, wears her hair straight and favors minimal makeup (we can't blame her!).
Though her husband's campaign is stalling, Mary Kaye gets our vote for Most Stylish Potential FLOTUS, as she's been seen out in beautiful colors like orange and bright blue and even spotted wearing boots over skinny jeans.
Callista, the third wife of former House Speaker, favors jewel tones and opts for monochromatic looks that pop, like her purple suit and the red gown she wore to an event at Lincoln Center a few years ago. Photos via AP.