Presidential Inauguration 2013: What They Wore (Photos)

President Obama And first lady Attend Inaugural Balls

If you weren’t among the thousands in the crowd that turned out to see the historic second Inauguration of Barack Obama, you missed some great moments for the First Family and the fashion world alike. From Barack’s intentional pause to take in the scene one last time before heading inside to  Sasha and Malia snapping smartphone pics of Michelle and Barack’s Inauguration Day kiss – it was a memorable day that none of us will soon forget.

Inaugural Parade Held After Swearing In Ceremony

From the moment Michelle Obama stepped out of the car, she lived up to her reputation as a style icon. Her gorgeous Thom Browne coat was actually inspired by meanswear – the designer predicted that Barack would be wearing dark blue, and created a outerwear for the First Lady from fabric originally intended for men’s ties. Michelle added amazing feminine touches with a crystal-encrusted belt and lovely plum gloves from J.Crew.

Inaugural Swearing In

Taking inspiration from mom and dad’s color palate, Sasha and Malia wore fun and age-appropriate coat-scarf-glove combinations in lilacs, blues and plums. Sasha’s Kate Spade coat and Malia’s coat from J.Crew are undoubtedly selling out left and right as these mini-fashionista’s lit up the streets to the Capitol.


A non-Obama style-setter to note from the Inauguration was the ever-beautiful Beyonce, who arrived on the arm of hubby Jay-Z. Performing the National Anthem, Beyonce was stunning in a not-so-simple black gown from Pucci, dramatic green earrings and flaming orange-red nails. The look was subtle enough not to compete for the limelight, while still providing some intrigue and showing off her amazing self.


Through all the day’s moments, Michelle’s big reveal of her Inaugural Ball gown took everyone by surprise – most of all the designer who created it for her. The First Lady opted for a breathtaking red dress by Jason Wu – the same designer that created her dress for the event in 2008. Wu said he was “stunned” and “elated” by her choice, which was a very happy surprise to him on the night of the event. CNN has a heartwarming reaction interview with him, here, from the day after the event.

What was your favorite moment from the Inauguration?



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