US inauguration day fashion

So, in the fullness of time, President Joe Biden has officially sworn into office as the 46th President of the United States of America. With a historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the two leaders gathered alongside numerous top members of the Democratic party as well as invitees in a more modernized stylistic approach to official dress. And, yes it can be said that this year’s inauguration set the trends for the next four years and how it spoke a good deal about American fashion. So, it would be a definite pleasure for y’all to sport a glance over these trends and in no time hop on to flaunt them. (wink) And talking about fashion in politics is what makes it more fascinating not to miss these dazzling moments. But in case you did miss them, here I have lined up all the best fashion moments from the historic 2021 inauguration.  

Joe Biden & Jill Biden

President Joe Biden’s ensemble continued a jewel-toned theme from the First Lady, marking her commitment to supporting emerging American designers. His stunning look consisted of a navy Ralph Lauren suit and topcoat. While viewing the fireworks from the White House for the Inaugural nighttime event entitled Celebrating Americam, Biden wore a simple dark navy overcoat and suit paired with a striped tie. 

Dr. Jill Biden and now First Lady of the United States stunned for her President-elect husband’s swearing-in ceremony in a turquoise tweed coat with velvet lapels, paired with a matching dress and face mask by New York-based designer Markarian.

Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris opted for a full look by the 2020 CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year, Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson. She made a statement in an ankle-length purple coat and blouse and accessorized her look with pearls by Puerto Rican-American designer Wilfredo Rosado and an American flag pin by David Yurman.

Former President and Former First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in D.C. in a deep plum set by designer Sergio Hudson. Her statement look consisted of a long overcoat, layered over a turtleneck jumper, wide-leg trousers, a buckle belt, black leather gloves, Stuart Weitzman suede boots, and a black face mask. Former President Barack Obama matched her poise in a classic, all-black outfit.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton wore a bright purple Ralph Lauren pantsuit, paired with a ruffled scarf underneath a darker plum overcoat, trousers, and a black face mask. Clinton’s color choice was synonymous with other political figures at the ceremony. 

Meena Harris

At the inauguration ceremony, the Vice President’s entire family showed off their best attires but it was Harris’s extremely adorable great-nieces, especially Meena Harris, bestselling author and American lawyer who stole the show in a monochromatic look by Ulla Johnson on Inauguration day. She went for a ruffled green top and a matching skirt with a Coach shearling jacket in a similar tone and accessorized her ensemble with jewelry from Ana Khouri and Temple St. Clair.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga who performed the national anthem at the Presidential Inauguration wore a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture look designed by Daniel Roseberry. Her ensemble comprised of a navy, cashmere fitted jacket and skirt in washed red silk faille, with a symbolic, gilded dove of peace brooch which she paired with a bright red lip and an ornate updo.

Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo went simply white as she performed ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ at the Presidential Inauguration 2021. She flaunted Chanel, head-to-toe, wearing a long tweed coat with gold buttons, a ruffled blouse, and wide-leg pants, further accessorizing the look with statement earrings and pearl bracelets, with her hair in a high ponytail.

Laura and GEORGE W. Bush

Among everyone stunning their ensembles at the 46th Presidential Inauguration, wife of George Bush and former First Lady, Laura Bush donned a dark grey dress with a single-breasted pale blue coat and black lapels over the top. She accessorized her look with a pearl necklace, sheer black tights, black loafers with bow accents, and a grey face mask. Matching his wife’s look, George Bush wore a blue tie and later accessorized with a stylish camel scarf.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, House speaker of the house also went the monochromatic route, favoring a similar blue shade to Dr. Biden, on the inauguration day. She wore a bright blue coat and scarf combined with navy leathered gloves and a patterned mask.

President Joe Biden’s Grandchildren

Joe Biden’s grandchildren took ‘monochrome’, the theme of the day to heart. They brought a necessary pop of color to the family photos and managed for everyone on social media to go gaga over their look. The trio seemed a powerful and coordinated one.

Amanda Gorman

The youngest, national youth poet in American history to mark the transition of presidential power, Amanda Gorman delivered a powerful original poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’ on Inauguration Day in an all Prada look. Her ensemble consisted of a sunny yellow double-breasted coat over a white poplin shirt and a black leather pencil skirt. She accessorized the look with a fiery-red satin headband and black leather pumps. She also wore a symbolic ring with a caged bird and earrings gifted by Oprah herself.

Bernie Sanders

Not to mention, this list wouldn’t be complete without the star of the show who is doing the rounds on the internet for showing up in a fashion statement of his own. Bernie went for a more casual approach to the ceremony combining a camel puffer coat with a pair of oversized patterned mitts and a medical mask. His iconic gloves that have outshined, were made by teacher Jen Ellis from Essex Junction, Vermont from recycled water bottles and repurposed wool sweaters.

Lakshika Thakur is a freelance content writer with She can be found on Instagram.