Day: January 21, 2021

Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, and mittens

Second husband Doug Emhoff, Vice-President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and President Joe Biden wave to the crowd
Second husband Doug Emhoff, Vice-President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and President Joe Biden wave to the crowd

Politicians in pearls, the colour purple and warm woollen mittens – these are just a few of Washington’s favourite things from the 2021 Inauguration.

With America’s leaders in the spotlight on the inauguration – and world – stage, sometimes what they wear can say more than their speeches.

DC-based fashion consultant Lauren Rothman says Americans have always taken an interest in what political leaders don for inaugural celebrations. And in 2021, with an ongoing pandemic and economic crisis as well as the swearing-in of the first female vice-president, things feel “even more loaded”.

It’s all about optics for the politically fashion-minded, says Ms Rothman, who helps style politicians for events including inaugurations past.

So let’s see how outspoken this year’s inauguration crowd really was, from the Bidens to Bernie Sanders –

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