Inauguration Day Style and What It Represents

Today marks a new beginning for America. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office to become the 46th president and vice president of the United States of America, respectively, and those who attended the scaled-down swearing-in came through with symbolic fashion and a little designer drip for added razzle dazzle.

Fashion and politics have always had ties, but the last administration made political fashion commentary seem so trivial, I chose to opt out of the discussion altogether the past four years. With this new Biden-Harris energy and a promise of a return to normalcy, now feels like a great time for some fashion fun, keeping in mind the significance of what folks wore on this historic day.

Representing American designers and women's suffrage

President Joe Biden and Second Gent Doug Emhoff wore classic Ralph Lauren suits, while First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both donned newer, independent American labels to the inaugural event. Dr. Biden wore an aqua blue tweed coat with velvet cuffs and a dress embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls designed by Colorado-born designer Alexandra O'Neill of the label Markarian.

Kamala gave a nod to Shirley Chisolm—the first Black woman elected to Congress, who ran for president in 1972—wearing a royal purple dress and coat by Christopher John Rogers, a Black designer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Purple is also a significant color in the women's suffrage movement. Former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama also wore looks in various shades of purple.

And speaking of Michelle Obama…

Lady O was arguably the showstopper of Inauguration Day. Michelle secured her spot in the fashion history books years ago, but she’s still not letting up. She gave flowing curls, a cinched waist and a rich monochromatic pant and coat combo by Sergio Hudson that deserves a chef’s kiss. Very different from the low-key look she wore to 45’s inauguration.

Logos all up and through

Eugene Goodman, the Capitol police officer turned hero who diverted a crowd of terrorists away from the Senate chamber on January 6, escorted VP Harris to the inauguration looking very dapper in a camel colored coat and blue Gucci logo scarf.

VP Harris’s nephew-in-law, Nikolas Ajagu, caused a Twitter storm by rocking the Dior Air Jordan 1s to the festivities. Ajagu is the boo of Harris’s niece Meena Harris. When it comes to family members of elected officials trending on Twitter, this is what I like to see. Let’s continue to keep it cute!

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