Dressing for inauguration day is very different from dressing for the inaugural ball, which takes place later in the evening. First, the US President-elect and his partner mark the beginning of a new term with a parade and swearing-in ceremony in the US Capitol. There is outerwear for that, since the inauguration historically takes place in January – and the former first ladies of our nation opted for very light outerwear.
We can confidently say that if Michelle Obama skilfully executed her own brand of high-low fashion, tying a Thom Browne coat at the waist with a studded belt from J.Crew, we will never forget. Jackie Kennedy pulled herself along a muff that matched the furry trim on her collar, and her felt coat had large, round buttons in typical ’60s fashion. Both Hillary Clinton and Patricia Nixon chose light pink outerwear for their husband’s inauguration, while Laura Bush apparently paid tribute to Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter – all three women wore light blues. The impressively bold outfit details didn’t end there and they are certainly in their own subtle ways messages to the public that a first lady is paramount during a presidency. Scroll through to remember us.