• Kathryn Andes

Breaking the Glass Ceiling and Fashion Norms

I have been patiently awaiting this moment for the past four years, counting down the days until dignity and respect could be restored to the White House.


Shaking like a kid on Christmas Eve, to see Kamala Harris, the first person of color, and female Vice President, along with Joe Biden, sworn into office.


But what I didn’t expect to see, were the stylish looks that so many elected officials and performers were wearing on this brisk January morning.


It is safe to say that two things were broken on this historic day, the glass ceiling, and fashion norms in politics. Here are some of my favorite looks from today.


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Michelle Obama, walking with former President Barack Obama, wore Sergio Hudson wide leg trousers, with a matching sweater, and coat, along with pointed toe Stuart Weitzman boots, and my favorite part of the outfit a fitted, statement belt.


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First Lady Jill Biden, aside President Joe Biden, sparkled like a glistening beam of hope all morning long. Here she is wearing a turquoise Markarian outfit, designed by a small, young, New York City designer, Alexandra O’Neill, Markarian. "The color blue was chosen for the pieces to signify trust, confidence, and stability," the fashion label stated signifying Biden's support to young American designers.



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Hillary Clinton in her iconic pantsuit, walked with her husband former President Bill Clinton, in a Ralph Lauren outfit. She along with Kamala Harris wore purple to signify the peaceful collaboration of both democratic and republican parties, known for there classic blue and red colors.


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Vice President Kamala Harris wore purple as a nod to both the red and blue political parties, and in honor of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to ever run for President in the United States. Harris also wore her signature pearls to honor the founding members of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, who were referred to as the "Twenty Pearls".


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Lady Gaga, who performed the national anthem at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris's Inauguration, wore a custom made Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown. She also displayed a beautiful gold dove brooch on her outfit. A post from the artist's Twitter reads, "A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other."


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J.Lo wore head-to-toe Chanel as she performed a mix of "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful". During her set she incorporated lines of Spanish, reciting "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice of all".


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Poet, Laureate Amanda Gorman, only 22 years old, powerfully performed her poem "The Hill We Climb,” at the Presidential Inauguration. She wore a double breasted Prada coat and a red satin Prada headband, proving headbands are officially back in style.


After today's festivities, these lawmakers and elected officials will be doing right by our country through policy and change, and of course through great fashion.

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