Obama arrived at Wednesday morning’s ceremony in a stunning jewel-toned ensemble that showed off her impeccable fashion sense.
The 57-year-old paired the merlot-colored coat with a wide-legged jumpsuit by South Carolina-based designer Sergio Hudson, according to New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman. But it was the first lady’s accessories that really had onlookers buzzing.
Obama tied her outfit together with a matching belt with bold gold detailing at the buckle that added a touch of sass to her well-tailored look.
The former first lady walked in with her husband, former President Barack Obama, and the couple wore matching black face masks.
Many other female political figures wore jewel toned outfits on Inauguration Day, including Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden. Harris, in her signature pearls, donned a beautiful ankle-length ensemble also by Sergio Hudson, as well as designer Christopher John Rogers. Jill Biden selected an ocean-blue tweed coat, dress and matching silk face mask by emerging American designer Alexandra O’Neill.
Obama is no stranger to Inauguration Day fashion and notably nailed her ensembles in 2009 and 2013. For her husband’s first inaugural parade, she wore a custom yellow-green Isabel Toledo dress and coat.
Four years later, the first lady wore a checkered coat, pink leather gloves and another bold belt for the 2013 parade.
Obama’s keen sense of style has also been on display at several inaugural balls. In 2009, she looked wonderful in a white Jason Wu gown with delicate flower detailing.
Michelle Obama inauguration red dress
At the ball in 2013, Obama wore yet another Jason Wu gown and looked ravishing in the red design.