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November 7, 2006
First family fashion

Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver voted shortly after 9 a.m. today at the Crestwood Hills Recreation Center in Los Angeles. In tow was their son, Christopher, 9.

My question is this: Maria always looks pulled together, but I was a little thrown by her choice of voting apparel.

How tight was that dress? Why would she wear high heels on such unstable ground? And what's up with the multiple necklaces?

I didn't see anyone in Sacramento dressed this way while standing in line to cast a ballot!

I checked in with a pool reporter at the L.A. polling location. And the reporter says Maria looked "lovely."

From my vantage point, looking at wire photos at my desk, Maria's dress appeared to be chocolate brown, very fitted and nipped at the waist. She paired it with high heels in a snakeskin cream-and-brown combo. And then there were those multiple necklaces with beads and the cross she's so often seen wearing. A burgundy satchel handbag completed the voting ensemble.

No, no staid red, white and blue outfit for this girl.

I'm told by the reporter that Maria navigated the walk over with style. Either she knows something about wearing heels on gravel and in grass, or she's just deft of feet.

If you're wondering about Arnold's attire, it was a simple gray, windowpane-checked suit. He went casual, with an open-collar blue shirt - sans tie. Of the three members of the first family, son Christopher was the most dressed down. Tuck that shirt in, young man!

In the interest of non-partisanship, stay tuned to see if I can get an apparel update on Julie Angelides' voting attire.

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