So today is a big day if you live in the DC area, it's inauguration day! While it also happens to be a national holiday today, even if it weren't, on inauguration day the city of DC basically shuts down to enjoy the festivities and celebrate. Any business that won't be making money from all of the tourists and viewers typically closes giving employees an extra day off, mostly because commuting is virtually impossible with road closures and massive crowds on the metro. While the event is to celebrate the swearing in of our President and the spotlight is technically his, the fashion world is really more focused on the First Lady and her fashion choices. Michelle Obama has become somewhat of a fashion icon herself over the past four years, so everyone is excited to see what she will be wearing tomorrow, and of course the highlight of the day will be her inauguration gown. So in honor of the excitement here are our five favorite First Lady inaugural gowns in order from most to least recent. The choices are purely based on the dress, not political party, personality, or overall fashion sense, as a result there might be some surprises, Laura and Nancy you saucy ladies!
Ok, remember the order is simply most recent to least recent, so please do not read anything extra into the fact that Michelle happens to be first other than that this dress is fantastic. Michelle floored the fashion world in 2009 by choosing a young, new, lesser known designer for her first inaugural gown. Her choice was impeccable though. After seeing her most of the time is tailored, structured pieces, this more flowing design was a breath of fresh air. It made her look young and carefree. She set the bar really high with this one, so we can't wait to see if she manages to top it tonight!
We'll be honest, when we started looking through pictures of First Ladies' gowns we didn't really expect that Laura would make the list. We just don't remember her fashion typically being that memorable, and definitely not this sexy! Our eyes lit up when we came across this picture of her from the 2005 inauguration. It's so flattering and sexy, but it's still age appropriate with the sleeves, neckline, and height of the slit. Laura looks so young and fresh in this dress, such a perfect choice and quite a contrast from her first inaugural gown. Way to go Laura!
At first Nancy was also a surprise to us, but when we thought about it she actually makes a lot of sense. Mr. Reagan was a movie star prior to winning the presidency so it's only natural that Nancy brought the Hollywood glamour with her. Unfortunately we couldn't find a good color image of this lovely gown from 1985. We love the fairly modern one shoulder style combined with the opera length gloves. And while it's hard to tell from this image, we're fairly certain the swirl design is beaded, providing some lovely shine and sparkle. Nancy wisely kept her jewelry and hair simple, allowing the dress to be the star.
No list of fashionable First Ladies, no matter what your criteria, would be complete without the lovely Jackie. Her overall style was always classy and elegant, so it's only natural that her inauguration taste was just as impeccable. The straight, close fitting skirt, balanced by the bloused overlay up top is just lovely. The opera length gloves keep the look demure and formal. A lovely gown for a lovely lady.
Lastly we go all the way back to the 50's to Mamie Eisenhower. The color of this dress, as well as the gloves was a lovely blush pink, apparently sparking a major trend for the era. The choker style necklace help balance the love V of the neckline, and we have to add that we LOVE that beaded clutch she is holding. Do you have a favorite inaugural gown? How about First Lady style in general?