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Fashion from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

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2017 Presidential Inauguration Fashion Trends

At Threads, we focus on sewing techniques, design, and inspiration. To support the latter, we also cover trending styles from awards shows and fashion museum exhibits. Now and then, we even take notice of what global and national political leaders wear at events, such as today’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

First Ladies Club: Red, White, and Blue

The colors of Old Glory were fully represented on Inauguration Day by the first ladies past and present:

• Incoming First Lady Melania Trump wore a sophisticated sky blue dress and a matching three-quarter-sleeve, cropped jacket by American designer Ralph Lauren. She finished her outfit with matching sky blue gloves and pumps. Her look is reminiscent of the style of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

The Trumps Inauguration Day 2017 blue dress

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hours before the swearing-in ceremony.
Photo: Getty/Nicholas-Kamm; Alex Brandon/AP

• During her final hours as first lady, Michelle Obama wore a simple yet elegant short-sleeved, red tweed, fit-and-flare dress. The belted, tea-length dress featured black piping at the neckline and sleeve edges. Both the dress and the matching coat she donned for Trump’s swearing-in ceremony are by Jason Wu.

The Obamas Inauguration Day 2017 Red dress

The Obamas at the White House Friday morning and later at the Trump inauguration.
Photo: Watson/AFP/Getty

• Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton made a splash in a three-piece Ralph Lauren ivory ensemble. The pantsuit, attire that the unsuccessful Democratic presidential nominee is famous for wearing, was completed with nude pumps and clutch bag.

Hillary Clinton in white pantsuit inauguration day 2017

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at the Trump inauguration.
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP; Getty Images

The New Kids on the Block Choose White

White and ivory outfits were popular among First Daughters Ivanka and Tiffany Trump. Ivanka’s ultrachic, ivory Oscar de la Renta pantsuit featured an asymmetrical jacket hem. She paired it with black pumps.

Ivanka Trump inauguratoin day 2017

Tiffany wore a white dress with embellished neckline and a matching double-breasted coat. She finished the look with white gloves and black booties.

Tiffany Trump Inuaguration day 2017

Bold Choice

Incoming senior adviser to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, opted for a colorful, patriotic number by the Italian design house Gucci. The belted coat featured cat-faced buttons.

Kellyann Conway inauguration 2017

Photo: Reuters

Share your Thoughts

What did you think of the ensembles worn by the first ladies? Any details you would like to incorporate into your sewing? What are your thoughts on the all-white outfits? What are your favorite looks or details? What color and style would you were to an inauguration? Don’t miss our post on the inaugural ball gowns.

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  1. LindaLouise | | #1

    Would like to know how to sew Melania Trump's inaugural blue jacket collar, it is very flattering

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    AltieB | | #2

    I agree with LindaLouise, although I would love to be able to know how to sew the entire jacket. I love that outfit.

  3. jenbot25 | | #3

    Yes - Melania's blue Ralph Lauren outfit is just gorgeous. Would love to have a similar pattern

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