Behind the Inauguration Outfit

     What a colorful day January 20th was. From the new First Lady in blue, to the past First Lady in a beautiful purple. So much thought was put into each outfit. Here is the run down:

     Dr. Jill Biden wore all-blue as she stood next to President Biden when he was swearing into office. Blue, the color of the Democratic Party, is also associated with inspiration and tranquility. The new First Lady’s choice is a great one, as blue comes in a range of shades ideal for layering the perfect monochrome look. She paired the outfit with a mask of similar color.  

     For her evening dress she picked one that had flowers from all 50 States plus the US territories embroidered on it, with the flower of Delaware sewn near her heart, surrounded by other flowers. Then, to make it even more meaningful, she embroidered a quote from Benjamin Franklin about education (something near and dear to her heart): “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

     Michelle Obama chose an outfit designed by Black designer Sergio Hudson. She wore a burgundy coat and jumpsuit cinched with a gold belt and a black face mask. Hudson is an up-and-coming designer who made his debut on New York Fashion week in February 2020. Shades of purple were prominent at the inauguration since purple is the blend of blue and red, the colors of the Democratic and Republican party. With “America United” as the theme, Obama and others were trying to send a unifying message: the union of the two political parties.  

     At her swearing in, Kamala Harris also wore purple. She hopes to be an unifying force for the country and chose purple to kick off that effort. 

     There were many other amazing stylistic choices: the red, white and blue celebrity of Lady Gaga in a giant Schiaparelli ball gown, Jennifer Lopez in white Chanel and Garth Brooks in jeans,the bright yellow Prada coat of Amanda Gorman, the youth poet laureate, and most memorably, Senator Bernie Sanders’ mittens!! 


     As for the Biden grandchildren, they showed up in all sorts of jeweled colors and hats from another time – kind of Jackie O – like!  

     Hillary Rodham Clinton also wore purple – unity abounding!

     Both President Biden and Doug Emhoff, the first Second Gentleman, wore Ralph Lauren suits. They looked put together – dappy – and coordinated – symbolic of what they hope to bring to the country.

Cover credit: BBC News.