Is it a coincidence that the hot-pink $1100 Gucci beauty Melania Trump wore to Sunday night's second presidential debate included a sartorial flourish known in fashion circles as the pussy bow?

We can't really be sure. (A Trump campaign spokesperson says it was unintentional, CBS News reports.)

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What we do know is that starting late last week, Donald Trump was criticized for lewd comments he made in 2005 using the p-word.

And that the Lady Trump is no fashion dumb-dumb.

Still, let's give her the benefit of the doubt. Designers currently are reaching back to the 1970s, and early working-girl fashions are popular this fall. This dainty, bowed blouse certainly fits the bill. (It's popular, too, selling out at Net a Porter.)

Although this hot-pink look was indeed eye-catching and harked back to second wave feminism and women's liberation, the silhouette erred on the side of conservative, especially in contrast to the off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret that Melania Trump wore to the first debate.

With the blouse, Trump may be reclaiming her husband's gaffe, using it to show strength and loyalty.