Yesterday was a historic and special day. Not just because it marked the end of a brutal four years. Or due to a new presidency ushering in a much needed, and welcomed next chapter. It was also memorable because of the epic style from some of the most prestigious, and famous women on the planet. (And one comfy, old man.) Hope, and optimism took center stage, but so did the fashion. And the powerful Inauguration Day style trends are sure to inspire many in the upcoming year.
Five Inauguration Day style trends to watch for in 2021
1. Colorful coats. Coats took center stage at the Inauguration yesterday alongside Biden and Harris. Bold, and pastel colored outerwear is nothing new in the fashion world. But the spectrum of colors hit differently yesterday. Proving that style can affect our emotions and represent more than just clothing.
The first lady, former first lady, and VP all represented small, BIPOC owned labels that will likely go from unknowns to coveted brands. These hues also signify a feeling that we’re moving from dark times towards a brighter future.
2. Monochromatic looks. I’ve always been a big fan of monochromatic style. But if yesterday’s Inauguration Day style was any indicator, matching your colors is going to be big in 2021. Not only does it look stylishly cohesive. It evokes feelings of strength; akin to wearing a power suit.
The display of monochromatic purple was also not just a style choice but a statement. Purple, a mix of red and blue signifies a renewal of unity and bipartisanship.
3. Big Brooches. One of the biggest style standouts was Lady Gaga’s oversized gold brooch which many likened to something out of the Hunger Games. The gold dove, symbolizing peace almost leapt off her jacket, and made a serious statement. Makes me think brooches will be returning in a major way this year.
4. Matching your mask to your outfit. Style trends were everywhere on Inauguration Day. But it wasn’t just the coats and dresses (or suits) that matched. The face masks matched too.
I haven’t seen much of this, even in New York City. While I’ve always considered myself somewhat stylish (at least until 2020) I haven’t channeled any of this into mask wearing. Who has the energy really. Plus, the only place I go is the dog park. But with the Biden granddaughters, Michelle Obama, Dr. Biden, and poet Amanda Gorman all playing the matching game, this trend is sure to see a lot of growth in the coming year.
5. Mittens. Despite the amazing style exhibited in Washington D.C. yesterday, it was a pair of mittens that stole the show. Bernie Sanders, sitting arms crossed, in his puffy jacket and donning a pair of woven “oven mitt” mittens became an instant viral sensation. In a matter of hours, he’d been superimposed into famous movie scenes and artworks. Mugs, prints and t-shirts created faster than one could tweet.
Was it Bernie’s accessibility in that moment? His choice of winter wear that somehow made him feel relatable? Sanders has been wearing them since he started on the campaign trail. But after yesterday, designer Jen Ellis (a school teacher whose daughter attends Sander’s daughter-in-law’s daycare) has received over 6,000 requests for the mittens. Sadly, however, she announced they are no longer available.
But something tells me the search for “Bernie mittens’ on Etsy is going to go surge in the next few months.