Political Fashion

The ladies of the Inauguration bring style to the capital building

This past Wednesday millions tuned in as history was made in the United States. Our first Latina American Supreme Court Justice swore in our first African American/Asian American female vice president to office. Brown girls everywhere are finally able to see themselves being represented in political offices.

Even though this historical day was extremely overwhelming, I couldn’t help but take notice to several of the ladies outfit choices. They brought so much style and grace to the inauguration and it made this day even more memorable.

The Forever First Lady Michelle Obama caught my eye first the moment she and Barrack arrived. Her cranberry wine coat demanded attention as it swept the steps of the Capitol building. The wide-leg matching set she wore underneath was completed with a gold plated belt that cinched her waist perfectly. She accessorized this look with black leather gloves, a black suede mask, and chunky heel boots from Stuart Weitzman. Her feathered wrap made the look even more gracious as she did not have a curl out of place.

Kamala Harris arrived in a similar monochromatic look, but in the color royal purple. The perfectly tailored suit jacked was accompanied by a similar colored dress. Her look brought a lot of elegant simplicity to the stage. She paired her look with her famous pearl-laced necklace, black tights, and a patent leather heel.

Both ladies wore designs from an African American designer by the name of Sergio Hudson. The choice to use his LA based luxury clothing line was a no-brainer when it came to dressing these two women. During an interview with the ABC show “GMA3,” Hudson mentioned that he noticed that Michelle Obama’s stylist Meredith Koop, followed him on social media. He reached out to Koop telling her that he wanted to dress Mrs. Obama. Koop fell in love with Hudson’s monochromatic look. The moment, and his designs, are now a part of Black history.

As for our Vice President, she is no stranger to Hudson’s design. Hudson revealed to E Online that he made several pieces for Harris during the presidential campaign. It only made sense for him to design the perfect look for her historical moment.

Obama and Harris were not the only women to slay the capital building. Dr. Jill Biden rounded out the ladies with another gorgeous monochromatic look designed by Alexandria O’Neil who is the founder of a luxury clothing line named Markarian. Her soothing blue hues looked perfect and her accessories definitely made her stand out from the rest of the ladies.

J. Lo and Lady Gaga not only sang the part, but they also looked the part. J. Lo’s all white head to toe Chanel look was not only classy, but edgy. Lady Gaga brought her whimsical attraction to the stage with a look from Schiaparelli’s couture collection. Some even deemed her look to be similar to the looks worn by Effie Trinkett in the hit movie Hunger Games.

I loved that the ladies of the hour took risk and brought refreshing looks to inauguration day. In previous years, the women tend to shy away from wearing brighter colors or ensembles that may bring too much attention to them, but this year was proof that fashion can be brought to politics.


By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design

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Written by Brittanie

I rep the 219, Indiana. I'm a wardrobe stylist and owner of Vintage By. B. I love shopping for pieces that are different and that I know nobody else will have! But one thing I hate about shopping is going broke doing so. Throughout the years of me working in retail, I have picked up a lot of tips and tricks for saving LOTS of money when shopping. I also go against trends by Vintage shopping. I find pieces that I can pair together to create works of art. You can call me a penny pincher, but I'll look BOMB while pinching my pennies :)

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