You'd think the McCain campaign, in a time of economic distress, would avoid making stories like this one:

Vanity Fair editors estimated that McCain's fierce saffron shirt dress with the popped collar, diamond earrings, four-strand pearl necklace, white Chanel watch and strappy shoes totaled up to $313,100 ...

Throughout the convention McCain also kept recycling her accessories, including the four-strand pearl necklace and two rhinestone pins that say Navy and USMC representing the military branches her sons serve in. Above those two is also a Blue Star pin, signifying she has a child on active duty.

"Cindy McCain accessorizes like a woman of her generation," Iglehart said. "It has all that sparkling going on."

McCain's known to favor Escada, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera and was recently seen shopping at Oscar de la Renta's showroom in New York.

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