During President Obama’s swearing in today, Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress will be from Thom Browne and is styled after a man’s silk tie. While dressing fashionably is nothing new for first ladies, this dress is a feminine take on a masculine formal accessory. This kind of design provides symbolic reference to her support of the President in his duty. Instead of basking in her role as source of silent support for the president, this dress brings an air of professionalism and focus to her appearance.
Playing it safe, Michelle Obama matches her husband with a navy blue dress and coat. She also is wearing a belt and shoes are from J. Crew and her necklace is designed by Cathy Waterman. The dress, which won’t be seen too much underneath her winter coat, is dominated by white geometric patterns.
The first lady is often the subject of intense fashion attention on days like the inauguration. First Lady Michelle Obama has often made headlines for her fashion sense, although she is careful not to draw too much attention away from her powerful husband.
Once the events are over, Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress and entire outfit will be taken to the National Archives.