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Top 10 fashion moments at the presidential inauguration

After numerous obstacles, President Joe Biden was sworn into presidency January 20, 2021. To celebrate, the Presidential and Vice Presidential families, along with invited guests, dressed in some of the most stylish and colorful pieces throughout the day. Here are some of my personal favorite fashion moments of the 2021 Inaugural Day.

1. Dr. Jill Biden’s Embroidered Coat and Dress

To end Inauguration Day, First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, wore a white designer dress and coat that featured embroidered flowers from all 50 states to convey harmony across the country. Her dress was designed by Gabriela Hearst, a designer in New York City, who spoke about the process of making the ensemble. She described how each flower took approximately 2 to 4 hours to embroider.

2. Poet Amanda Gorman dressed in Prada

Poet Amanda Gorman’s stylish outfit is one of my personal favorites of the day. She Matched a Yellow Prada Blazer with a Red statement headband and face mask. The 22 year old accessorized with a gold birdcage ring, a nod to Maya Angelou’s poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,”. She also wore stunning earrings made by a Greek designer. Both of the jewelry pieces were gifted by Oprah. After Inauguration Day, fashion search engine Lyst reports there was a 1,328% surge in search for “yellow coats” and a 560% increase in interest for “red headbands.” -- and I certainly don't blame them.

3. Monochromatic Looks

A common (though no less stunning) look we saw during the day ceremony was the monochromatic outfit. Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Kamala Harris dressed in variant shades of purple to represent Bipartisanship; red for the Republican Party and blue for the Democratic Party. Aside from these purple looks, we noticed other colorful ensembles, as the First Lady wore an aquamarine dress, coat, mask, gloves, and heels combo, and Joe Biden’s granddaughters wore bright pink, tan and white. Guests also favored the monochromatic looks of Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, dressed head to toe in white, as well as Nancy Pelosi, who wore bright blue.

4. Lady Gaga’s Dove of Peace Pin

Lady Gaga showed up to the celebration in Schiaparelli Haute Couture. She wore an eye catching dress, consisting of a black form fitting long sleeve top and bright red pompous skirt, accessorized with a hand sized dove pin that inspired many Hunger Games Memes. The dove traditionally represents peace and can be interpreted as a new start in a religious perspective.

5. Ella Emhoff Miu Miu Dress Coat

Ella Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, was dubbed a fashion icon and became an internet sensation as she wore an embellished Miu Miu Dress Coat. A similar coat from the same collection is available online for about $5,000. Her outfit shows the professionalism required for the occasion, but has a stylish accent that mirrors Ella’s personality, as she is an upcoming fashion designer who shares her quirky handmade clothing items on her instagram page.

6. Michelle Obama’s Statement Belt

Michelle Obama SERVED in her flawless and poised look by Sergio Hudson, a 36-year-old African-American designer from South Carolina. The combination of flowy pants and open coat created a look that flowed, but what really catches the eye here is the belt as the centerpiece -- which added the final touch to her monochromatic outfit.

7. Elizabeth Warren’s Planned Parenthood Scarf