First Ladies throughout history have stolen their husband’s show with the outfits they have donned while standing beside them as they are being swore-in as the next president of the United States.
The outfit that a First Lady wears on inaugural day not only the nation but the whole world is so much more than just a piece of cloth — it sets the tone. Fashion is a powerful tool and what the First Lady is seen wearing to this momentous occasion by and large shows a form of diplomacy.
In honor of Inauguration Day, Political Fashion has dedicated a special post looking back at not only First Lady Melania Trump’s stylish ensemble from four years ago on this date, but as well as 15 of her predecessors, both Republicans and Democrats, and what and who they wore on Inauguration Day.
The next First Lady better take notes.
Jackie Kennedy in 1961
Jackie Kennedy looked the epitome of class in a cream cloak at the 1961 Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. In her classic pillbox hat style that became a fashion iconic, Jackie wore this timeless ensemble while on her way to the 1961 Inauguration with a collarless coat with round, retro buttons. She completed her look wearing white gloves, pearl earrings, and a furry muff.